Grand National 2020: ones to watch so far

The Randox Health Grand National is arguably the meet that the nation gets most excited about. Hosted at Aintree on Saturday 4th April, the so-called “ultimate test of horse and rider” because of its large fences and four-mile plus distance, the Grand National churns out a staggering £1 million prize fund.

Regardless of betting experience, the Grand National is a must-see for families up and down Britain and Ireland. And, with almost 200 years of history, the race never fails to disappoint. Of course, Tiger Roll was the first horse in 45 years to win consecutive Grand Nationals in 2019 after being named as the 4/1 favorite and the latest bet365 Grand National odds show he is already priced at 5/1 to win again.

The Grand National is, however, already been talked about, but just which horses should potential punters look out for?

Tiger Roll
You can’t look any further than the 2018 and 2019 winner Tiger Roll to kick things off. The ten-year-old gelding has already hit the top weight at 11th 10lbs and so may not be destined to run just yet.

But, his owners Michael and Eddie O’Leary are unlikely to throw away the chance to make history and enable Tiger Roll to become the first horse to win three Grand Nationals on the trot and the first since Red Rum in 1974 to win off top weight, even if they believe the handicapper has treated their horse unfairly. 5/1 to complete an utterly astonishing hat-trick and these odds are sure to shorten if he is confirmed as running.

Burrows Saint
Winner of the 2019 Irish Grand National, Burrows Saint could well be heading for the big time if owner Susannah Ricci puts the seven-year-old forward. A promising young stayer, but the last time a seven-year-old won the National was way back in 1940 when Bogskar took the title.

Trained by the great Willie Mullins, Burrows Saint already has an advantage, but whoever rides the gelding will do so in its first Grand National. Currently at 14/1 to win, odds will definitely shorten if confirmed as running.

Walk in the Mill
Finished fourth in the 2019 Grand National after carrying just 10th 4lbs. But, that didn’t stop the gelding from finishing just 16 lengths behind winner Tiger Roll. A winner of the 2018 and 2019 Becher Chase over the same fences, Walk in the Mill could certainly trample over the rest of the competitors.

Experienced over these fences and at ten years of age, relishes the chance of getting to grips with the sport’s elite. Currently sits at 20/1 to win which could be well worth a punt given his recent form.

Magic of Light
With a second-place finish in the 2019 Grand National under her belt, Magic of Light looks set for another big year in the horse racing calendar in 2020. She will still only be nine when April comes around and though expected to carry more than the 10th 11lbs the mare did in 2019, Magic of Light is sure to be up there again.

Odds of 20/1 will influence a lot of punters, especially as the same horse under the same trainer
– Jessie Harrington – came second on 66/1 odds last year.

Le Breuil
A horse that is more than capable of staying, Le Breuil was successful in the National Hunt Challenge Cup at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival – a race that is over four miles long. And, with more experience under the gelding’s belt, he could well be a contender in a race where being a staying chaser often yields exciting results.

Currently has odds of 20/1 which may shorten later down the line.