The list of all the horses that are going to compete is nearly out and excitement is building up. The Grand National 2019 is fast approaching so it is normal that racing fans are all talking about the same thing; who could win the Grand National next year?
The National is an annual festival and in the hearts of racing fans the world over. The popularity of this event is so widespread that even the fans that don’t usually wager do so during the festival. Numerous exciting offers such as free bets, enhanced odds, etc are being given by popular and trusted bookmakers for Grand National betting.
In April Tiger Roll, jockeyed by Davy Russell, carved out a place for himself in history with a performance that left everybody in awe. There are talks about him retaining the title next year but it is going to be a very difficult feat. The Grand National has only been retained once before, in 1975 when the celebrated Red Rum won back-to-back titles. Moreover there are equally powerful and well trained horses that will pose a strong challenge to Tiger Roll.
Let us take a look at the top three contenders for next year.
The first on our list is obviously this year’s winner mainly because the steady growth we have witnessed in his performances over the past year or two. He has shown it time and again that even if he starts a race badly he has the composure to get back on track and perform when it matters. This was evident in his victory at the National Hunt Challenge Cup.
Ahead of the Grand National trainer Gordon Elliot must focus more on his stamina and fitness because the Aintree is a lengthy track. The extra caution is necessary because this year Tiger Roll won just by a head against the chasing Pleasant Company. It was a thrilling victory for sure but his team wouldn’t want a repeat of the situation.
One For Arthur
One For Arthur won the National in 2017 and had shown some impressive performances leading up to the Grand National 2018. Before he got injured very few could have argued against his chances of becoming only the second horse to retain the title. Now that he has come out of injury his trainers are striving hard to get him back in shape for the National.
One key aspect of One For Arthur’s game that is worth taking note of is his ability overturn results in the final moments. He has pulled away with a victory in the dying stages of the race numerous times. At present the ante-post odds are slashed at massive 25/1 for the Irish horse and the punters are closely following his development.
Tiger Roll’s photo finish victory this year was all about fine margins and Pleasant Company was the horse responsible for such a thrilling race. He could’ve easily been the winner and therefore ranks the third contender for the National in our list.
In the year leading up to the National in 2018, Pleasant Company’s form was not particularly impressive. He struggled for consistency in most of the races he had featured in. However the Irish horse, trained by Willie Mullins, showed resilience in the National and dashed in a late surge to claim a second placed finish. 2019 will be his last race at Aintree and therefore at 25/1 he too is worth a bet.