THE VOICE OF VALUE’S GRAND NATIONAL ANTE-POST TIPS

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SOME of you will be aware the Grand National is far and away my favourite race of the year. Many see it as a bookies benefit but if you are shrewd enough and don’t put all your eggs in one basket I am convinced there is a whole lot of fun to be had and a bit of cash to be made along the way.  

Over the next three weeks we will bring you ante-post selections followed by a detailed runner-by-runner guide that will hopefully help you whittle the field down and find the winner.

I am quite honest about the number of selections I make in the race – usually around 5 – but over the last few years those selections have included Mon Mome (100-1), Auroras Encore (66-1) and Pineau De Re (25-1).

In addition, I permed my final five selections in 2013 for exactas and trifectas with the Tote and won about £3500 for a £28 total stake as Auroras Encore, Cappa Bleu and Teaforthree obliged. For the record the other two were Chicago Grey (pulled up) and Balthazar King (15th).

Last year the same approach yielded a forecast in the shape of Pineau De Re and Balthazar King. The other selections were Teaforthree (unseated), Mountainous (fell) and Shakalakaboomboom (pulled up).

I  don’t claim to be able to find the winner every year but I think there are a lot of myths about this great race that can be dispelled quite quickly. Copies of my guides for the last two years for racing geeks are available free gratis – just ping me an email to [email protected]

Anyway, on to this year…

Soll (25-1) I’ve had an eye on Soll for a while now. He has been in the notebook as a potential Aintree horse since he finished 7th in the race back in 2013 when I thought he had no chance. He is undoubtedly a better horse now judged on his last two wins, the second of which came after the weights for the National we’re announced so he is ahead of the handicapper. He is a no brainer for me at this price. A strong each way chance.
Advise 5pt each way bet.


Al Co (33-1) There is some talk that Al Co might go for the Scottish National again so make sure you get non-runner no bet with Bet365, Stan James or Betfair Sportsbook if you are having a punt but he seems a good price to me given that he has now proven his stamina with the win at Ayr. He had a spin over the National fences in the Becher in December and although he was pulled up he looked okay over the unique fences.
Advise 2pt each way bet.


Raz De Maree (66-1) I tipped him last year when he only managed to finish 8th but he was a big price then and he comes here 5lbs lower in the handicap and in my opinion in better form than last year – his recent staying on 2nd in the Midlands National was solid form. The concern for me is that he doesn’t have a great cruising speed and he might be left behind a little bit when they bomb off at the start. At the current prices though I still think he is good each way value.
Advise 2pt each way bet.


Horses to avoid at this stage:

Unioniste – too young and stamina not proven.

Lord Windermere – out of form, no guarantee of stamina, carries top weight.

Many Clouds – too young, wants soft ground, stamina also a question at this distance.

First Lieutenant – form has collapsed recently.

11 Comments
  1. Eye on the prize 2 years ago

    One I like antepost is prince de beauchan
    Had an easy saunter round gowran park rather than go in the fox hunters at Cheltenham had previously beaten the fox hunters winner on the fringe !!!!! Currently available at 33/1 trained by a very inform willie Mullins so has to be high on the possibles list

  2. Smackeroonies 2 years ago

    I backed night in milan at 50/1 a few weeks ago, think he will give me a good spin for my money, fits all the trends of previous winners, also I tend to leave horses who have ran in the race before if they finished the race as they have a poor record, so I look for a first timer or even a horse who was pu or fell in the race before as long as I really like them, some I have my eye on are al co, portrait king, Druids nephew, Balthazar king, rocky creek and SOLL, however the last three have run in it before so it slightly puts me off them but I may have a small saver. I’ve seen some money for cause of causes recently, I backed it at cheltenham but if I’m correct I don’t think it’s ever won over 3 miles so I can’t be having that one.

  3. Scuba 2 years ago

    i think it won the 4 miler at chelts smackeroonies

  4. Eye on the prize 2 years ago

    The Druids nephew won over 3m1f and cause of causes 4m on the first day of cheltenham

  5. philip 2 years ago

    First Lieutenant, form is temporary, class is permanent! Won 2 grade one hurdles. Won a £84000 chase at Aintree.Close up behind Bobs Worth a few times who’s a gold cup winner. Been given very quiet races to peak on national day. 50-1 , laughable!

  6. Smackeroonies 2 years ago

    You are correct guys, I think I checked his stats before that race, ok then he’s another on my list, more food for thought.

  7. Duncan Poundcake 2 years ago

    THE LAST 15 NATIONAL WINNERS
    15/15 had previously won a chase at class 2 level or higher
    15/15 had previously won at 3m+
    15/15 had 19+ previous NH starts
    14/15 did NOT wear any form of headgear
    14/15 had their last run between 16 & 42 days previous
    13/15 had an OR between 136 & 150
    HAPPY HUNTING LADS

  8. jimmybeee 2 years ago

    Not even looked yet as usual will be the saturday of the big race with 2 rolls n sausage n tattie scone broon sauce, and the grandweans shouting out a name.
    Who needs form lol

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