• Aintree

    Aspell just Grand on Many Clouds

    Leighton Aspell struck Grand National gold for the second year in a row by steering Many Clouds to glory as Tony McCoy finished fifth aboard Shutthefrontdoor on his...

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    Whisper wins Stayers’ Hurdle again

    Whisper completed back-to-back wins in the Silver Cross Stayers’ Hurdle at Aintree after forging clear to beat World Hurdle winner Cole Harden. Nicky Henderson’s seven-year-old had got the...

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    Granite toughs it out in Maghull

    Sizing Granite marked himself out as a future heir to Sizing Europe with a game success in the Grade One Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree. Henry de Bromhead’s...

  • aintree

    Walsh lands opener on Nichols Canyon

    Nichols Canyon reversed Cheltenham form with Parlour Games by running out a convincing winner of the Grade One Mersey Novices’ Hurdle in the hands of Ruby Walsh in...

  • Grand National betting

    Grand National day double for Duke

    Duke Of Lucca stuck his neck out in game fashion to win the Betfred Handicap Chase for the second year in a row and provide Richard Johnson with...

  • Tony McCoy

    McCoy ready for last National ride

    There would be few people to begrudge Tony McCoy winning the Grand National on his final ride in the race on Shutthefrontdoor, but there will be 38 other...

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    Top stayers go again at Aintree

    The World Hurdle looks the race to provide the biggest clues to the Silver Cross Stayers’ Hurdle, with two-thirds of the field made up of those who ran...

  • Aintree finishing post

    God’s aims to Own the Maghull

    The absence of Un De Sceaux has taken much of the lustre out of the Maghull Novices’ Chase and it presents God’s Own with an ideal chance to...

Grand National preview

Betting on the 2015 Crabbie’s Grand National is beginning to bubble up nicely ahead of the £1 million “world’s greatest steeplechase” that takes place at Aintree on April 11.

Following the mid-February publication of the weights for the race seen live across the globe by more than 600 million TV viewers, the long-time ante-post favourite Shutthefrontdoor, winner of last season’s Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse is now a top-priced 10/1 market leader. Owned by JP McManus, could he possibly give the legendary AP McCoy a win on his final ride in the Grand National ahead of his recently announced retirement from the saddle?

One horse who has come in for significant support of late is the Paul Nicholls-trained Rocky Creek (12/1), a very impressive winner of a Grade 3 chase at Kempton last time out under Sam Twiston-Davies. He has already proved himself over the unique Aintree fences when running a fine race to be fifth last year to the surprise winner Pineau de Re. And talking of last year’s hero, the Dr Richard Newland-trained 12-year-old is going to be back to try and stage a repeat performance off an 8lb higher mark this time and finally showed signs of a return to form when shaping with promise over hurdles recently at Exeter. He remains a 25/1 shot to become the first horse since the legendary Red Rum in 1974 to win the four-and-a-half-mile handicap chase in successive years.

Balthazar King (20/1), trained by Philip Hobbs and the mount of Richard Johnson, is amongst a host of other potential winners of this year’s big event. He was a gallant runner-up to Pineau de Re last April and is on target to have another crack at the great race having shown he retains his form this term, winning well at Cheltenham last time out in the cross country chase.

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