It doesn't get any better than this! The Crabbie's Grand National Chase. On the 5th April, Aintree, Liverpool's greatest steeplechase brings this most famous of all National Hunt races. This Class 1 handicap run over 4m 3f 110y is open to horses aged seven years and older with a rating of 120 or more by the British Horseracing Authority, placed in a recognised chase over 3 miles or more. It is the most valuable jumps race in Europe with a win prize fund of £1,000,000.
Each year we leave our analysis to Karl The National Man (pictured). It's fair to say the last couple of years haven't reaped the rewards we hoped but his record in this race has been second to none. Here is his short list for the big race. Remember to check William Hill bookmakers for the best odds. If betting wait for the final declaration stage to ensure your selection is a runner. Take note of bookmaker free bets and special odds enhancements. Also, if placing a bet ''TAKE THE PRICE'' as bookmakers always shorten the odds before the start of this race.
Balthazar King - tipped last year but went out far too quickly and early. Philip Hobbs' ten-year-old has been in superb form with four straight wins. Richard Johnson is a familiar pilot and sure to make the most of this opportunity. At odds of (25/1) he looks a decent bet as long as this son of King's Theatre has recovered from his Cross Country win at Cheltenham.
Across The Bay when off too fast when making the early running last year. He's had a good rest since unseating at Haydock and should be primed for the day. At odds of (50/1) there is plenty of meat on the bone for Donald McCain's charge.
Rocky Creek (20/1) has each way claims.
Karl's Top Three:
Rocky Creek 20/1 ew 5th
Balthazar King 25/1 ew 2nd
Across The Bay 50/1 ew 14th (badly hampered)
Good luck to all.