3 Big Priced Runners Who Could Win The Grand National
April 4, 2019
The Grand National isn’t about backing the favourite.
It’s about closing your eyes, running your finger down the race card and stopping on something randomly. Failing that you could pick your favourite colour, name or even the rank outsider.
It’s the latter of those that we are going after, with three big-priced runners that could land you a memorable win in the greatest race of all.
Go Conquer @ 50/1 with BoyleSports
Now trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, Go Conquer has proved to be a consistent stayer this season. Placed on all three starts over three miles this campaign, he won the SkyBet Chase at Doncaster most recently and looks well worth a go in the National.
He’s already been over the National fences before, finishing 17th in the 2017 Topham, so although you’d want him a little closer to winning that race, a least he’s got the experience of running over the bigger fences.
Good to soft should suit him down to the ground as well, so as long as there isn’t too much rain before the race on Saturday, then that shouldn’t pose any problems. His trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies also knows what it takes to win the National and has one of the best recent records in the race. He took victories with Earth Summit in 1998 and Bindaree in 2002.
Mala Beach @ 80/1 with SportNation
Amateur jockey Jamie Codd is only amateur in name. His skills in the saddle are some of the best around and his record in big races speaks for itself.
Just take this year’s Cheltenham Festival, where he was twice in the winners enclosure thanks to winning rides on Le Breuil in the National Hunt Chase and Envoi Allen in the Champion Bumper.
Here in the National he has had a great run of late too, most notably finishing 2nd with Cause of Causes in 2017. This year, he gets the leg up on Mala Beach, an 11-year-old who was second behind Jury Duty over 3m2f at Down Royal last time.
He’s a horse that has ran plenty of times at 3miles or further, so clearly he has the stamina to have a good crack at this. He does prefer softer ground though, with his last two victories coming on heavy going.
Cue the rain dance if you do fancy Mala Beach.
Bless The Wings @ 100/1 with Betfred
Forget blessing the wings, this horse should be blessing his good fortune that he is even in the race.
He needed a good few horses to drop out at the declaration stage, but at the final moments just squeezed in as horse number 39.
He may well make that good fortune count though, as after all, he was 3rd in this race last year behind Tiger Roll and Pleasant Company.
His preparation before that was falling in the Cross Country at Cheltenham and then pulling up at Fairyhouse. Compare that with this year, where he was 6th behind Tiger Roll at Navan and then pulled-up in the Cross Country and you could argue he’s slightly better off this time.
Of course, neither are ideal, but it just goes to show that he could pull a big performance out of the blue, and at that price, he could be worth a £1 each-way.
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As a qualified sports journalist, Luke has worked with nationally-recognised outlets covering events from the World Cup to the Grand National. Luke is one of the few men who has to admit that their father was the better footballer, but at least he can take comfort from the fact he got to see his Dad score at Wembley. When Luke isn’t talking football, you’ll normally find him following his other passion, horse racing and has his own horses in training with Paul Nicholls and Mark Johnston.