Grand National 2017 Betting Preview: Big Fella Thanks Can Roll Back the Years in Aintree Foxhunters

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The Randox Health Grand National is not the only race to be run over the fearsome Aintree fences next week as, along with Friday’s Topham Chase, the amateur’s have their chance at mastering the likes of The Chair and Bechers Brook on the opening day of the three-day meeting. The Enda Bolger-trained On The Fringe will attempt to win the 2m 5f contest for the third year running and is sure to take all the beating in the hands of top amateur Jamie Codd but the twelve-year-old came up short when trying to add yet another Cheltenham Foxhunters to his name at this year’s festival and may be worth taking on at a short price.

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Pacha Du Polder and Wonderful Charm provided Paul Nicholls with a one-two in that contest at Prestbury Park with On The Fringe back in fourth place and the former will try to avenge his 2015 Aintree defeat at the hands of the JP McManus-owned horse while the latter is likely to head for Saturday’s 4m 2f feature race.

Just behind On The Fringe in fifth place at Cheltenham was another Irish challenger in Balnaslow who made a brave attempt at making all of the running, only giving best after jumping the last and similar tactics at the Merseyside venue could have most of his rivals in trouble when the race begins in earnest. One horse who is sure to cope with the early pace however and despite reaching the age of 15 can outpoint his younger rivals is the Tom George-trained Big Fella Thanks, a standing dish over the national fences.

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The son of Primitive Rising’s Grand National form reads  6-4-7-UR after failing to see out the marathon trip, leading to attempts at the shorter Topham Chase ( 7th ) in 2014 and Foxhunters ( 8th ) in 2015. While that last performance was slightly disappointing the veteran seemed to take on a new lease of life last spring winning hunter chases at Exeter and Cheltenham and a recent run on unsuitably heavy ground at Lingfield should put the “ old man of Aintree “ spot on for another crack at the race and hopefully a well-deserved victory at long last. Dont miss this great Grand National Free Bet with Paddy Power bookmakers.

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