Grand National 2017 Betting Preview: Just A Par looks a dark horse bet in the 2017 Grand National on Saturday

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Grand National 2017 Betting Tip: Just A Par (EW) at 40/1 with Betvictor

There can’t be many top class Chasers trained by Paul Nicholls that can be backed at 50/1 to win the Grand National. Well, with Just A Par you can.

And, you can buy him too; he’s in the sales ring on Thursday (the first day of the Aintree Festival) after racing finishes. Buying horses after a heavy day’s racing – what could possibly go wrong?!


Just A Par ran in last year’s Grand National, finishing a poor and disappointing looking 15th of 39 runners. Perceived wisdom amongst punters suggests that a bad run in this type of race can sour a horse for the future.

Just A Par is the opposite, in fact he has thrived; beaten in the last stride in the bet365 Gold Cup Chase (3m 5f) at Sandown Park just two weeks later behind another Aintree runner, The Young Master. This run showed he can be a top class chaser on his day and has stamina to burn.

Just A Par’s season can be described as progressive or patchy depending on your perspective, and it looks like he’s been campaigned with the Grand National in mind.

He looked like he needed the run first time out at Newbury. He then went up to Musselburgh and never got going and was pulled up.

Newbury next time was a different run entirely; he found his form and won one of those always competitive Veterans Chases. Looking outpaced early, he stayed on and led on the run-in, beating No Duffer by just over 2l and carrying top weight.

Just A Par is a tough sort and enjoys some sunshine on his back, acts all types of going, and off just 10st 8lb, he looks a great Grand National bet to grab a place.

Millions are expected to watch the Grand National, shown this year on ITV and all will want to back the winner.  Many will look to the head of the market, some will use a lucky pin, but those who love a ‘dark horse’ will be on Just A Par.

With some online bookmakers offering more than the traditional four places, he looks a cracking bet at 50/1 for coincidence backers on Augusta Masters weekend.

Just A Par 40/1 @Betvictor