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Grand National Tips


2:00 Liverpool Hurdle (3m 110yds)

2.30 4YO Juvenile Hurdle (2m 110yds)

3.05 Betfred Bowl Chase (3m 1f)

3.40 John Smith's Fox Hunters' Chase (2m 5f)

4.15 Red Rum Handicap Chase (2m)

4.50 Betfred Manifesto Novices' Chase (2m 4f)

5.25 Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle (3m 110yds)

Preview odds below correct at time of writing. See current odds below preview

Runners correct at time of writing. As runners are withdrawn from racing then tips and previews may change.

3.05 Betfred Bowl Chase (3m 1f)

Riverside Theatre and Burton Port lead the betting at 3/1 and 4/1 respectively. Riverside Theatre is bang in form, winning the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham and winning twice at Ascot in February. With such good form it is easy to see why Riverside Theatre is favourite for this race, however one down side is the distance. Riverside Theatre is used to running 2m5f or 2m6f, so this distance could be a step up. Burton Port is conversely used to this distance and is a consistent runner. Burton Port should feature here and with a 44% career win rate is possibly a better bet than Riverside Theatre based on experience and having been tested at this distance. After finishing 4th in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Burton Port cannot be ignored here.

Medermit, Albertas Run, Hunt Ball and Nacarat all look competitive at between 6/1 and 9/1. Medermit has bags of experience and showed well, finishing 3rd behind Riverside Theatre at Cheltenham. Medermit is very consistent, despite only a win rate of 32%, Medermit has placed in 19 of the last 22 races it has been run in. Albertas Run is an 11 year old with a lot of experience at shorter distances. Albertas Run's 55% win record means that this runner cannot be ruled out to challenge for a win, but Albertas Run's age and inexperience at this distance may show. Albertas Run is perhaps worth a place bet here.

Hunt Ball won at Cheltenham and has had a very impressive 2012, winning 4 out of 5 races. Hunt Ball is definitely a horse in form, and at 9/1 is worth a speculative bet for a win here at that sort of value. Nacarat is another 11 year old who is priced on experience in our opinion. However Nacarat does not have the form the other runners have in this race and is unlikely to put up a challenge.

Weird Al is 10/1 and performs well at this distance, but likes the soft ground, so check the conditions before backing this one. Poquelin is 12/1 and again seems to prefer the soft going. Poquelin is used to running 2m5f and should therefore be avoided here in our opinion due to the longer, untested distance.

Master Of The Hall, Time For Rupert and What A Friend are all 14/1. Master Of The Hall likes soft and heavy going so may be worth a place bet if the conditions are suitable. Time For Rupert finished 5th in the Cheltenham Gold Cup so perhaps has some value at 14/1. What A Friend does not have a great win record so if anything is only worth a place bet. However, What A Friend is used to running in these big races over this distance.

WinDrawWin Tips: Burton Port to win. Medermit and Albertas Run to place.

Grand National 2012
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