Like it or loathe it, if you follow horse racing, you are going to hear a lot about Tiger Roll in the coming weeks. It’s only natural, of course, as the two-time Grand National winner has history in his hands as he hunts down Red Rum’s record of three wins at Aintree on 4th April.
Tiger Roll’s transformation into a national hero is certainly a good thing for horse racing. It raises the profile of the sport, and it will, hopefully, help inspire the next generation of fans, jockeys and trainers to get involved with horse racing
But despite being the 5/1 favourite for the Grand National, there are plenty of challengers to Tiger’s crown. Below we are going to look at four with decent credentials to spoil the party ay Aintree.
Observers have talked about Walk In The Mill as a future Grand National winner since he burst onto the scene with a win in the Becher Chase in 2018. He followed that up with a very credible 4th in last year’s Grand National and looked very sharp in the 2019 Becher Chase. With two wins at Aintree under his belt already and a 4th place in the Grand National, proving he can handle the course and distance, Walk In The Mill looks superb value at 20/1 with William Hill; a bet that can be backed with free bets by following this link https://www.freebets.co.uk/grand-national-free-bets/. In terms of box-ticking the trends, there really is a lot to like about Walk In The Mill – don’t rule him out.
Now firming up his position as the second favourite behind Tiger Roll in the ante-post markets, Burrows Hill has taken a lot of money in recent weeks. The best price we can find is 12/1 Bet365 and a handful of other firms, which looks fair. Burrows Saint demonstrated he has the stamina for the big one at Aintree after winning the Irish Grand National in 2019. That’s a good reason to respect him. However, he has only appeared outside Ireland and France on one occasion in the past, a poor display in the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. He has excelled over a longer trip, though, and he can give Tiger Roll a run for his money at Aintree.
A winner at last year’s Cheltenham Festival who can be frustratingly inconsistent, but who has the goods to deliver a big win at Aintree. Any Second Now fell in the Irish Grand National won by Burrows Saint, but he has looked in decent nick in a couple of appearances in February of this year, winning his most recent outing in Naas. An interesting candidate at 14/1 with Bet365, but perhaps one not to bet the house on given his propensity to throw a rider or fall over a fence.
Miles behind Cracking Smart at Navan last week, but last year’s runner-up in the Grand National has the engine and the wherewithal to go one better in 2020. Magic of Light has some excellent form (if we discount the loss in heavy ground at Navan), including a 99-length victory at Newbury in December. Those who study the trends might dismiss the chances of Magic of Light since she is a mare (no female horse has won since 1951), but she seems built for this kind of race and Robbie Power can ride her shrewdly. Magic of Light is priced at 20/1 with Bet365, but the fact that some bookies are as low 14/1 shows how serious her chances are being taken.