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Grand National 2015 Betting Preview and Tips
The 2015 Aintree Grand National is set to take place on Saturday April 11th, and will feature 40 of the very best stayers in training doing battle for an incredible first prize of £561,300. Known as the ‘race which stops a nation’, The Aintree Grand National is the only sporting event where the bulk of the UK have a bet, and there is nothing quite like the spectacle this four mile trip at Aintree produces.
This year’s Grand National is likely to be remembered for the fact that it is the last time we will see legendary national hunt jockey Tony McCoy ride at Aintree, with the multiple champion set to partner Shutthefrontdoor in the big race. The consistent eight year old from the Jonjo O’Neill yard is the current favourite for the 2015 Grand National, and the horse is likely to come in for further support on the day of the race.
Tony McCoy has been a firm favourite with the betting public throughout the course of his career, and a number of punters will be following AP for one last time this weekend. Shutthefrontdoor is a worthy favourite, as he has some excellent form in the book. His victory in last year’s Boylesports Irish Grand National Chase reads particularly well, and proves that he can likely stay the extended trip that the Aintree Grand National requires.
For win purposes, my main fancy for this year’s Grand National has to be the 2014 runner-up Balthazar King. Philip Hobbs has never won the Aintree showpiece, but he appears to have a horse in Balthazar King that is definitely capable of adding this prestigious trophy to his handler’s CV. An absolute standing dish round the cross country course at Cheltenham, Balthazar King has proven himself one of the most capable horses in the country when it comes to tricky obstacles over long trips, and his run in last year’s National was a superb effort.
Philip Hobbs has taken the decision to give Balthazar King just the one run this season, and keep his charge fresh for a second tilt at the Grand National. This move could well pay off, and while he may not be the biggest price in the world, I feel that bet365’s 10/1 quote about Balthazar King is more than fair.
Duke Of Lucca
I honestly don’t have any kind of vested interest in the Hobbs yard, but I do feel that Duke Of Lucca can reward each way punters, and make this weekend even more fruitful for this stable. The Duke is a more consistent animal than his form figures would initially suggest, and although he finished in a slightly disappointing eighth place in the recent Glenfarclas Handicap Chase, Duke Of Lucca was only beaten nine lengths which wasn’t a bad effort over that 3m7f trip.
Aintree was the scene of Duke Of Lucca’s last victory, and while that wasn’t over the national fences, it still illustrates this horse’s liking for the Liverpool track. This ten year old son of Milan gets into the race with a nice weight, and should give punters a decent run for their money at rewarding odds.
Please note that Duke Of Lucca is the 2nd reserve for the race so needs 2 horses to drop out between now and Saturday for him to make the race, this is very much possible and if he does feature then we think he’s well worth an each-way punt. With most bookies offering non-runner no bet it might be worth sticking a bet on now at a big price.
Recommended Grand National 2015 Bets
Back Balthazar King at 10/1 with bet365
Back Duke Of Lucca each way at 66/1 with bet365