Friday 5 April 2013

4:15 Aintree (6th April) John Smith's Grand National Chase

The John Smith's Grand National Chase over 4m 3f 110y on good to soft ground. This year's analysis has been forwarded by our regular contributor Karl ''The National Man'' Wales. He has a superb record in this race and he has four tip selections at speculative prices. I will be crossing my fingers they can hit the frame. For detailed coverage take a look at the Racing Post's superb Grand National page. If it worth noting that bookmakers are keen to shorten starting prices so take a price when placing your bet. A number of firms are giving place incentives so check out all offers & free bets. Don't miss out.

Down to action with our big 4 selections.  With  such a huge field I will focus on Karl's tips.

Balthazar King

Philip Hobbs' nine-year-old gelding was advised at 25/1 and presently best priced at 20/1 with Ladbrokes while most go 16/1. This Irish bred son of King's Theatre makes his first appearance at Aintree and considered a fair each way selection.


Our National Man advised this horse at 66/1 and he is now best priced at 50/1 with most firms. This Irish bred ten-year-old gelding is trained by Paul Nolan. This is the first time he has experience the National fences but a consistent horse who is lightly raced for his age. 

Quel Esprit  

Willie Mullins had a supreme Cheltenham Festival and this grey gelding could be something of a surprise package. William Hill are offering 50/1 at the moment and that looks value. 

Across The Bay

The McCain family need little introduction to the National after their exploits with the legendary Red Rum, trained by his late father, Ginger. He has course experience and priced at 40/1 looks a fair shout. 

All tips have fair win and place claims. 

Good luck to all who take part. Let's hope it is an enjoyable and safe race for horses & jockeys.