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5 April 2019

There’s no need to worry about missing the Grand National. The people’s race gets going from 5:15pm on ITV just after Wigan Athletic finish up at Ashton Gate against Bristol City.

Everyone has their own way of picking their National horse. But your official betting partner Coral are here to give you some information on the favourites and where the smart money is going.

Plus we’ll identify a horse which could be of significance to Latics fans. 

There’s only one place to start. Tiger Roll won the race 12 months ago for Gordon Elliott and will go off as favourite this time around after winning by 22l in the Cross Country at Cheltenham last month.

He could become the shortest price winner in 100 years if he comes home first. We know he stays the trip, and his quality suggests he should be able to make it round with a heavy 11-5 to carry.

Rathvinden comes next for Willie Mullins. The 11-year-old has an attractive profile and has followed the same prep as the Irishman’s 2005 Grand National winner Hedgehunter.

Trevor Hemmings is the joint-most successful trainer in Grand National history and has two goes this time around with Vintage Clouds and Lake View Lad.

Both have chances, although it’s the latter who has been the subject of support in the market following his third in the Ultima at Cheltenham.

Anibale Fly has a copy book which reads third in the 2018 Gold Cup, second in the 2019 Gold Cup and fourth in the 2018 Grand National and remains a consideration even off top weight.

2018 Coral Scottish Grand National winner Joe Farrell has also been supported after sneaking in at the bottom of the weights. One For Arthur won the race in 2017 and will go off at a healthy price.

At a bigger price the Coral smart money suggestion is Walk In The Mill. Robert Walford’s charge excelled to win the Becher Chase over the Aintree fences in December and enters calculations.

If he can handle the step up to 4m 2½f then his lower weight of just 10-4 could give the Walk In The Park gelding a fantastic chance of being the fifth nine-year-old winner in the last 15 years.

And what about if you’re searching for a pick related to the Latics? Look no further than the aforementioned Vintage Clouds, who’ll be ridden by Danny Cook. 

The top jockey shares his last name with Wigan manager Paul Cook and looks to have an excellent chance with the bang-in-form horse, who finished runner-up over 3m 1f at Cheltenham.

The owner has already won the race three times with Hedgehunter, Ballabriggs and Many Clouds. Could he make that four this time around at Aintree?

Whatever you’re backing in the Grand National, remember to bet savvy in the knowledge that Coral are paying SIX places each-way when you bet online or on mobile. 

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