What a difference a week makes. A win in the Glenfarclas propelled Tiger Roll to the brink of history and so his odds have now been slashed to as low as 5/1 for the 2019 Grand National.
While it’s easy to overlook almost every other potential Grand National runner in favour of Tiger Roll, there are some who can definitely give him a run for his money.
Anibale Fly was truly magnificent in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and while the race was won by Al Boum Photo, a few more yards and it looked like he could have caught him. Jumping beautifully and with plenty in the tank for the run-in, Anibale Fly’s odds dropped to around 12/1. Can he go better than last year’s fourth-place finish? Can he mount as good a challenge on April 6th?
As epic, and in some regards, better than Anibale Fly was Ms Parfois in the Midlands Grand National. Swerving Cheltenham, the mare headed to Uttoxeter for the gruelling four miler on heavy ground. Vying for the lead almost the entire way around, nothing fazed her. She jumped beautifully, ran beautifully and the distance didn’t trouble her at all. Trained by Anthony Honeyball, she has a really great chance.
She was pipped to the post by Potters Corner, who is also entered into the 2019 Grand National. On the back of that performance yesterday, both have had their odds cut by bookmakers. Ms Parfois has moved from 33/1 to 25/1 with Potters Corner now on 33/1. However, Potters Corner is still at number 94 on the entries list so has almost no chance of making the cut this year.
Yes, Tiger Roll is the Grand National favourite. And rightly so. He is undoubtedly a very special horse. But the Grand National is nothing if not unpredictable. Like last season, he will have his challengers. The likes of Vintage Clouds, Lake View Lad, Ms Parfois and Anibale Fly are all doing exceptionally well. Probably better than anybody really gave them credit for.
If you want to back a horse with more value for money, then look further afield than Tiger Roll. Most bookmakers will be paying to five places and there is a great chance that the horses above can contend for one of them.