Best Bets for the 2017 Grand National
When it comes to the Grand National, it seems as though the world and his wife turn into horse racing betting experts.
We all know, however, that picking the winner of race with 40 horses is a very difficult thing to do. So, let us take the hard work out of it by bringing you our selection of the best free bets for the 2017 Grand National.
Let’s start with the bad news first. Blaklion is going to have to upset those taking a purely statistical approach to their betting as he’d become only the second eight-year-old to win the Grand National in 14 years if he obliges his backers but nonetheless this horse is a good option to use with a free grand national bet.
Eight-year-olds often struggle at the National due to their lack of experience relative to the rest of the field. The large number of competitors and the huge test of both stamina and jumping that Aintree provides makes it tough for younger horses but we’re still excited about Blaklion’s chances.
In Nigel Twiston-Davies, Blaklion has the only current trainer with two Grand National wins so there’s no surprise that he’s had a solid lead up to Aintree. He’s not won since the 2016 Cheltenham Festival but was impressive enough at both the Grand National Trial and the Hennessy Gold Cup.
Blaklion’s last outing saw him beaten by Vieux Lion Rouge (the favourite for the Grand National) and if he continues to improve, this eight-year-old may be about to earn his spurs.
The Last Samuri (16/1)
One of the key stats to consider when looking for a potential Grand National winner is whether or not they’ve won over a distance of at least three miles. On that basis, the Last Samuri just about passes thanks to his victory over 26 furlongs last year in Doncaster.
He followed that win up with a runners-up finish at the 2016 Grand National proving that he can handle the stamina test posed by Britain’s longest horse race. The nine-year-old also ticks the jumping box having only ever once unseated his rider.
There is nothing else quite like the Grand National so The Last Samuri’s experience of the race last year will be invaluable. The experience of trainer Kim Bailey, who won this race back in 1990 with Mr Frisk, is another plus and we think The Last Samuri offers great each-way betting appeal at 16/1.
Ucello Conti (20/1)
If you’ve been following the ante post betting for the Grand National carefully you’ll have no doubt made note of Ucello Conti’s odds coming in recently. The nine-year-old’s price seems to have stabilised at 20/1 but we still think that’s each-way value for people who didn’t snap up the bigger odds.
Gordon Elliot’s charge proved to be a top quality stayer in last year’s renewal but his jumping just wasn’t good enough to challenge Rule The World. One extra year’s experience – which included a creditable fourth place finish in the Becher Chase – will serve Ucello Conti very well indeed.
One of the biggest positives for the French horse is the fact that he’s performed well in big field events before. It can be difficult to keep horses calm around so many others but Ucello Conti will be happy and, crucially, will conserve energy before the starter gets them under way.
It’s only going to take a slight improvement in jumping to give Ucello Conti a very good chance at Aintree.
Gas Line Boy (100/1)
Everybody likes to have a flutter on a long odds shot for the Grand National and we think we’ve found one with a chance of returning big in the shape of Gas Line Boy who is 100/1.
At 11, Gas Line Boy is right in the sweet spot in terms of the age of previous National winners and there is no sign of him slowing down any time soon. He won over 22 furlongs and soft conditions at Kelso in December and finished fourth in his two starts since.
Gas Line Boy fell when competing at the Grand National in 2015, a set back which seemed to affect him as he failed to complete his next two races. However, he’s not fallen or unseated his rider since and if that improvement in his jumping continues, he could provide a huge winner at triple figures.