Grand National - Saturday, Aintree 17:15 live on Channel 4

Since the big modifications were made three years ago - notably to the height of the fences, the Aintree-effect seems to have dissipated, and as such, the price of the winners at 66/1, 25/1 and 25/1 suggests anything can win.

The Grand National is rich in statistical history and trends and, if you were to apply some of the basic rules to this year's contest, RULE THE WORLD, being a classy, potentially well-treated Irish horse, fits the bill perfectly.

Arriving here a fresh horse having missed the Cheltenham Festival, he has plenty of back-class - including second in last year's Irish National - and hailing from a stable whose last three runners have won, Mouse Morris's charge makes plenty of appeal at a huge 50/1.

Of the rest, MANY CLOUDS has a clear chance of following up last year's success off just a 1lb higher mark. Oliver Sherwood's stable star won by a length and three-quarters from Saint Are 12 months ago and he has arguably had a better preparation this time around.

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GALLANT OSCAR comes into the picture if he can repeat his easy victory of a well-contested handicap at the Punchestown festival last season, while SAINT ARE, runner-up in this race last year, and THE DRUIDS NEPHEW, who was going well until five out in the same contest, are both shortlist material.

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Rule The World - 1pt e/w @ 50/1