Grand National Guide To Betting

Grand National: Our Five Horse Ante-Post Shortlist

With the treasured Cheltenham Festival now just days away, the National Hunt season finally begins to reach its climax. And it is not only Prestbury Park that will attract racegoers in vast numbers, for Aintree also boasts one of the season’s most coveted racing showcases, the Grand National.

Following the release of the official weights for Aintree’s great race on Saturday 14th April, the annual ritual begins for ante-post punters as they try to pinpoint the likely winner of the £1 million showpiece. Last year’s winner, One For Arthur, received fantastic odds of 40/1 and while a similar result this year may not seem fanciful, it can be by no means written off.

Find our ante-post shortlist below:

Cause of Causes – 20/1

Trainer: Gordon Elliot

The ten-year-old was so close to giving trainer, Gordon Elliot, his second Grand National win in 2017 but was spectacularly pipped to the post by the imperious One For Arthur.  If he runs again in 2018, this solid chaser will certainly be in strong contention.

Noble Endeavour – 33/1 

Trainer: Gordon Elliot

A worthy winner of the Paddy Power Chase last season, as well as a third-place finisher in the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham, the eight year old Bay Gelding could be a strong contender ahead of the National Hunt Season highlight.

Ucello Conti – 33/1

Trainer: Gordon Elliot

Despite being a pre-season favourite in 2017, with a long list of desirable attributes fitting of a Grand National winner, the ten-year-old Bay Gelding failed to deliver, unseating jockey, Daryl Jacob, in the process. Gordon Elliot’s runner is certainly a solid chaser, however, and could well make a comeback in 2018.

Seeyouatmidnight – 33/1

Trainer: Sandy Thompson

Could there be successive Scottish strikes in the Grand National? Only time will tell, but connections of Seeyouatmidnight have long considered the 10-year-old a worthy challenger for the world’s most prestigious jumps race. Having been off since March, however, it will take some serious training to emulate the success of Lucinda Russell’s One For Arthur.

Pleasant Company – 40/1

Trainer: Willie Mullins

Trained by the highly regarded Willie Mullins, Pleasant Company managed a 9th place finish in the 2017 Grand National. For his first National attempt at Aintree, it was a promising start for the ten-year-old Bay Gelding, but he will certainly be looking to improve this year.

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