2019 Grand National Tips
Our good run come to an end with Wahash last week in the Lincoln. He ran better than his finishing position suggests though. If he settles earlier and doesn’t pull hard next time he could go close. This weekend is all about one race, and it is an event that almost transcends the sport of horse racing. It is Grand National Day at Aintree and almost every man, woman and child in the UK and Ireland will be having their annual 50p e/w bet on the race. TXODDS’ racing analyst Dave Stevos has had a close look at the form and he likes a trio of horses that could go well. Check out his 2019 Grand National Tips below…
2019 Grand National Tips: 5.15 Aintree – Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
Thirty fearsome fences and a trip of over 4 miles awaits a maximum field of 40 horses in the 2019 Grand National. This is not a race for the faint of heart and it takes a special sort of horse to triumph in this unique contest. Last year’s winner Tiger Roll looks to have improved massively this season, but he will have needed to if he is to follow up. He only had a head to spare last season off 150 and off 9lb higher he looks up against it.
Lake View Lad Looks A Likely Sort
Of the more fancied horses, Lake View Lad is the one that appeals most. Nick Alexander’s 9yo son of Oscar ran a cracker at Cheltenham last time off 155. He was doing his best work at the finish in that 25f contest and he shaped as though a marathon trip could really suit. His jumping has been very good all season and this lightly raced 9yo is unexposed beyond 25f. It is impossible to know if he will get the trip until he tries it. All the available evidence suggests that he will though.
Henry Brooke has won over these fences before on Highland Lodge and he gets on very well with Lake View Lad. He is one of two runners who will carry the famous Hemmings’ silks and while Vintage Clouds is a shorter price, Lake View Lad is capable of turning their Cheltenham form around over this trip. 18/1 looks a more than fair price about his chances and he looks well worth chancing each way.
Course Form Could Stand To Walford’s Charge
Another one that could go well at a decent price is Walk In The Mill. This fella was a very impressive winner of the Becher Chase here earlier this season for James Best and Robert Walford. Having winning experience over these fences is huge, and he has been campaigned sparingly since that win. His only two runs since came in Novice Hurdles, and the plan to protect his mark has worked out well. He will run off a very nice racing weight.
The 9yo son of Oscar seemed to relish the track when winning the Becher and he is 8lb higher now. The Becher trip of 26f is the furthest he has run over and he wasn’t stopping at the finish. Walk In The Mill is completely unexposed over today’s 4 mile + trip, James Best gets a great tune out of him and at 28/1 he could go very well for each way players.
Regal Could Outrun Massive Odds
If you fancy taking a chance on one at a monster price for small stakes, Regal Encore fits the bill. After Barry Geraghty’s leg break it looks like Mark Walsh may now ride Anibale Fly. It will be interesting to see who gets the leg up now on Regal Encore. Whoever it is could be in for a great spare ride, if this quirky 11yo son of King’s Theatre is in the mood.
Anthony Honeyball has always held him in high regard, but old Regal Encore has made a fool out of him (and his backers) more than once. His form figures nearly contain as many letters as numbers, but he did run an eye catching race when 8th in this a couple of years ago off 150. He stayed on well from too far back that day and if he is within striking distance jumping the last he will be staying on all the way to the line. At odds of 66/1, Regal Encore looks a very lively outsider.
2019 GRAND NATIONAL TIPS: LAKE VIEW LAD E/W @ 18/1 (5 PLACES)
WALK IN THE MILL E/W @ 28/1 (6 PLACES)
REGAL ENCORE E/W @ 66/1 (6 PLACES)