The 2020 Grand National doesn’t take place until April next year, but already the betting market is heating up with punters looking to get the ultimate value in their bet. Of course, there are no runners that are guaranteed to be running at this stage with the official announcement only made a week before the event itself.
However, horse racing punters can expect to get the ultimate value at this stage on Tiger Roll, who will be looking for his third straight success in the Grand National. It would be an unprecedented achievement, but if he is announced for the race; the Gordon Elliott star will start as the heavy favourite. But, which other horses should punters be keeping tracks on before the event?
The Willie Mullins trained 11-year-old was expected to be the closest challenger to Tiger Roll in the 2019 event, and that’s the way that it planned out. However, a third-place finish was ultimately a decent finish, but in 2020 he could go better.
The 2019 National was also the last time that we will see Ruby Walsh at Aintree after the Irishman retired earlier this year. That means that should Rathvinden run in the National he will likely be ridden by either Nicky De Boinville or Paul Townsend. Both have already tasted success on board.
Experience is a strange thing when it comes to the National. A second-place finish one year doesn’t immediately mean that it will perform the same or better in the following year. That will be a fact that punters will be well aware of, and they may stay clear of Rathvinden.
One of the big gambles for the 2020 Grand National could, in fact, be for Talkischeap. The seven-year-old missed out on Aintree last year as connections favoured the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown.
This was ultimately the right decision as it won convincingly by ten lengths over The Young Master. However, 2020 could be the year that it finally enters the National, and it would have an excellent chance.
The Alan King trained horse has no problems staying, and its sprinting ability could be the deciding factor in the final third of the race. It would certainly be a horse that punters should keep an eye on during the first half of the season.
Mullins’ best chance for a National winner in 2020 could easily be this six-year-old owned by Mrs S Ricci. Burrows Saint was victorious on all but two of its runs last season; including a first Group A success at Fairyhouse.
However, it did end the season disappointingly by finishing fifth in its first-ever race in Group One company. But, that shouldn’t worry backers too much, and Burrows Saint will be a horse that punters are speaking about at Aintree in April.
It will rightly be among contention as it has no problems staying and has recorded wins over highly-touted horses such as Isleofhopendreams, Robin De Foret and Rathnure Rebel.