ALL eyes will be Aintree on Saturday for the most famous horse race in the world – the Grand National.

Our man JohnB picked out his ante-post tips a few months ago and they’re included below along with his final selection.

JohnB’s Grand National Ante-post Tips

(Odds are bet365 and Stan James because they were non-runner no bet at original time of posting)

BALTHAZAR KING 14-1 e-w Bet365 Stan James

SOLL 25-1 e-w Stan James


NIGHT IN MILAN 40-1 e-w Bet365

So with Gallant Oscar a non runner its time to post my last Grand National Tip


Gallant Oscar would have been my main fancy but now it’s SOLL

Good luck whatever you back.

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  1. Jimmybeee 3 years ago

    Good luck on the national.
    Spring heeled and rocky creek for me

  2. Nick 3 years ago


  3. GREGGE 3 years ago

    Cheers jb, I already have NIGHT IN MILAN and ROCKY CREEK each way, thanks for your selects now and of course your conformation that NIGHT IN MILAN will infact run a massive race.. I got 25/1 yesterday which I am more than happy with. Cheers, goodluck!!

  4. garfo 3 years ago

    I have a gut feeling for cause of causes.i will have a pony eachway first thing.CHOW TO YOU ALL I WISH U WELL.

  5. John regan 3 years ago

    Balthazar king 12/1 win royale knight 33/1 ew.

  6. Rookie 3 years ago

    Im sticking with my original 3 taken at earlier prices
    al co 33/1
    Rocky creek 14/1
    Soll 25/1

  7. Yves 3 years ago

    Kim Bailey to win 25 years on from Mr Frisk.

    The Rainbow Hunter 66/1 for me.

  8. Alves 3 years ago

    Balthazar King for me tae

  9. Alex 3 years ago

    After much deliberation I have gone for the following in the National:

    Rocky Creek WIN 10/1 Paddy Power (Main fancy)

    Night In Milan 25/1 E/W

    Soll 20/1 E/W

    Alvarado 20/1 E/W

    Chance Du Roy 40/1 E/W All with Bet365 with refunds on the Each Way element of the bet.

    I got Al Co in the sweep stakes at work so that’s my lot!!

  10. KOI 3 years ago

    Paul nichols to win the nat after a fantastic year but with which one.
    supose i will have to back them all but mon parain (main)rebel rebelion nb
    Good luck all we r guna need it…only other might bet is wyck hill .now thats five and that it.but after all its only once a year ..

  11. double carpet 3 years ago

    Ive done 4 for the national at various odds

    Easy to pick and odds arent great but hes been aimed for this as soon as mccoy announced his retirement and i think he will go very close if not win

    Cause of causes
    won over 4m at cheltenham and has speed and proven stamina. And again gordon elliott yard in great form

    And 2 complete outsiders
    mon parrain
    portrait king

    Enjoy the race and lets hope all return safe and sound

  12. Centrecircle 3 years ago


  13. Denzel 3 years ago

    The two kings for me

    Balthazar King 10/1
    Portrait King 66/1

  14. Sanj 3 years ago

    As usual the Mrs who doesn’t follow horses has made a prediction. This time it’s of 1 Soll 2 spring heeled and 3 pineau de re so put some pennies on tricast just in case lol. For me it’s Balthazar king. Love this horse and his run last year. Hoping he can go one better. Bow down to the KING!

  15. Sean Ireland 3 years ago

    Woohooo already had Soll backed 50p EW so good to see johnb is on it too,good man you know it makes sense :)

  16. Alanm 3 years ago

    Royale Knight 33/1
    ALCO 25/1
    Rocky creek 12/1

  17. paul 3 years ago

    National prediction

    2. Many Clouds
    3 Druids nephew
    4. Gods me judge
    5. Night in Milan

  18. Paul G 3 years ago

    Rocky Creek as main bet – would be fav most other years, then fancy Saint Are and for ew backers Unioniste.

    Good luck to all and for the safe return of all horses

  19. Alves 3 years ago


  20. irishinatlanta 3 years ago

    Saint Are 33/1 ew
    First Lieutenant 16/1 ew
    Soll 20/1 ew
    Mon Parran 50/1 ew
    Cant wait! Memories of sticking the pin in the paper as a kid and me dad putting 25p ew on for us kids #tradition love this race

  21. Alex 3 years ago

    Portrait King and unioniste n/r…

  22. hasheyb 3 years ago

    On baltazar king e/w antepost @ 33/1;;
    Going to have 4 more with shutthefrontdoor, rocky creek win bets and godsmejudge and al co e/w

  23. KOI 3 years ago

    Good luck ap mccoy today if he wins he retires greatest jocky ever, but hardly ever wins for me,althou a a part of me wants him to win as i have his mount with gold cup winner in a double 16/1 coneygree 12/1shutthefrontdoor?bet struck 14 feb,so can he actually do it for me for once?

  24. alva glen 3 years ago

    Soll in the big one !

  25. Eye on the prize 3 years ago

    Invested betvictors own cash on shutthefrontdoor( just in case ) win and Soll ew
    Then also did first lieutenant ew , spring heeled ew and alco ew
    Going to add two more this morning mon parrain and court by surprise

    Hopefully get the winner in there somewhere lol GL all

  26. joshyb 3 years ago

    Does anyone not fancy pinau De rae again?

  27. dougiec 3 years ago

    Causes of Causes
    Spring Heeled
    Al Co

  28. plums 3 years ago

    Plums’ Picks:
    Godsmejudge (picked by me)
    Rainbow Hunter (picked by 5 yo son)

  29. Duncan Poundcake 3 years ago

    Dougie ,Dolatulo ? Won the Rowland Merrick and has had a run over the fences ,connections said he took to them ,a couple of runs over hurdles to keep him ticking over,anyway I’ll stick with Nina .

  30. dougiec 3 years ago

    Duncan bit of a turtle me thinks but went ok in the Grand Sefton.just a pity Windsor Park back over the flat today.See regulars are against my Cole Harden today!

  31. KOI 3 years ago

    Put up last night nicholls to win the nat but unioniste only 7 so that ones out reble rebellion & mon parrain both wear blinkers so their out that leaves me with ROCKY CREEK This is the one for me just cant bet a horse that needs blinkers in a race of this nature .good luck all what ever u bet Today.

  32. Ant H 3 years ago

    Soll all the way for me said it for months now the horse looks revitalised.
    Oscar time looks a good shout to with sam waley cowen riding it he loves aintree

  33. KOI 3 years ago

    Only garisson savana and lauras beau (placed) in the nat wearing blinkers in recent years thats why i got rid of two of nicholls.just my opinion good luck all after all it is the national and anything can happen!!!!

  34. Ricky 3 years ago

    Usually stick to football bets but always like to have a wee go on the national, after a quick look online have done this

    Rocky Creek E/W
    Night in Milan (place 4)
    Soll (place4)

    Hopefully a winner in there somewhere for my one and only race bet of the year

  35. Duncan Poundcake 3 years ago

    All to clear the first fence No @ 1/2 GL

  36. JoeX 3 years ago

    Balthazar King has won me some serious money over the years.

    My favourite horse of all time. Richard Johnson is a special jockey and the Hobbs are lovely folks.

    I’m backing as I always do.

  37. JoeX 3 years ago

    Johnson just won on Duke of Lucca. On to the main event now Dicky LOL

  38. Duncan Poundcake 3 years ago

    Well done CC and Paul with Many Clouds, Top Class winner for a Change

  39. Pat 3 years ago

    JohnB was saying to avoid Many Clouds ! I would have backed him otherwise….not! Ha

  40. irishinatlanta 3 years ago

    Thought i had a huge boom on Saint Are at 33/1 but couldnt quite catch a deserved winner, ew boom ill take it :)

  41. paul 3 years ago

    I only bet on many clouds coz I like weather haha #richbutnotonnba!

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