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Grand National Tips


2:00 Top Novices' Hurdle (2m 110yds)

2.30 Mildmay Novices' Chase (3m 1f)

3.05 Melling Chase (2m 4f)

3.40 Topham Chase (2m 5f)

4.15 Sefton Novices' Hurdle (3m 110yds)

4.50 Daily Mirror Punters Club Handicap Hurdle (2m 4f)

5.25 Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (2m 1f)

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 As runners are withdrawn from racing then tips and previews may change.

4.15 Sefton Novices' Hurdle (3m 110yds)

Fingal Bay is the hot favourite here at 6/4. Fingal Bay was not run at Cheltenham and comes into this race with a 100% record with 5 wins out of 5. Very impressive, and a strong horse. At 6/4 in this size of field it is apparent how good Fingal Bay is, when priced at only 6/4.

Cotton Mill is 4/1 and also has an impressive record. Apart from not performing well at Cheltenham, Cotton Mill has won 4 out of the 8 races entered. This is a step up in distance though. Cotton Mill is used to running 2m5f.

Tap Night is 10/1 and has been impressive in 2012, winning at Kelso and Newcastle. At 10/1 Tap Night is well worth a place bet here. Knock A Hand is 12/1 and stepped up to this distance handsomely at Newbury in February, winning in a field of 15. Again, at these odds Knock A Hand is worth a place bet.

Lovcen, Ballyrock, Golden Call, and Gullinbursti are all also 12/1. Lovcen was well backed at Cheltenham and performed well, finishing 4th. Ballyrock is a bit of an unknown, with only 3 career races. However, Ballyrock has showed a lot of promise and could upset the odds here. Golden Call has had two good wins at the 3m distance in 2012. 12/1 therefore seem a bit generous, and on the exchanges, odds of as much as 22/1 are good value. Gullinbursti has also had a couple of runs at this distance and has performed well.

In a race with so many good runners it is difficult to back a favourite at only 6/4 here. There is probably better value in backing a 12/1 shot for a place rather than Fingal Bay to win, or a more speculative bet on a longer priced horse to win this one.

WinDrawWin Tips: Lovcen to win. Knock A Hand and Golden Call to place.

Grand National 2012
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