Steve Ryder checks in on the Grand National Odds ahead of Saturday’s Grand National Trial at Haydock, where three leading contenders test their credentials.
Last week, Snow Leopardess was highlighted as a potential shortener in the market, and she has indeed been well backed for the Aintree showpiece from odds of 25/1 down to 16/1 joint favourite following her victory at Exeter on Sunday.
This week, we have the registered Grand National Trial at Haydock on Saturday where three leading contenders could enhance their claims, and see their Grand National odds shorten.
Grand National hopes to watch out for this weekend
Secret Reprieve - Grand National Best Odds 33/1
Last year’s Welsh Grand National winner is currently an 11/4 favourite for the Grand National Trial at Haydock on Saturday. It is a race he will have to win to go up in the weights and ensure he gets a run in the main race in April. Currently rated 138 following a below par run on his reappearance, he will need to go up about 10lbs to sneak into the race this year.
Sam Brown - Grand National Best Odds 50/1
The Anthony Honeyball-trained 10-year-old enhanced his claims for the Grand National a couple of weeks ago when a close second in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock behind Royale Pagaille. That rival ran with credit when a close second in the Grade 2 Denman Chase at Newbury on Saturday to boost the form and he should relish the soft ground on Saturday.
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Blaklion - Grand National Best Odds 66/1
Many thought Blaklion should have won the Grand National in 2017 when Noel Fehily appeared to go for home too soon, but he could run in the race again as a 13-year-old if connections decide to let him take his chance. The veteran has bounced back to form with two victories at Haydock this season meaning he has improved back up to a mark of 145. He has an entry for the Grand National trial at Haydock again on Saturday and a good run may tempt them to run.