Just four weeks to go until the 2014 Grand National and with the final pieces of form to be added to the puzzle next week at the Cheltenham Festival, now is the time to start drawing up a shortlist for who you might be backing at Aintree.
From now on the prices available start to contract dramatically so if you already have your selection worked out now might be a good time to start investing (if you haven’t already). Once the Cheltenham Festival is over most National Hunt fans attention will automatically turn to Aintree and the bookmakers start to take evasive action.
Last year’s third place horse, Teaforthree, is the current clear favourite and a bold showing in next week’s Gold Cup could possibly see him reach a single figure price. Nicky Henderson’s Triolo D’Alene has apparently been lighting up the gallops at Seven Barrows and with that horse already successful over the Grand National fences he looks another who could come in for significant support over the next week or so.
Monbeg Dude had a recent run out at Doncaster and whilst the course and trip may not have been played to his strengths, he appeared to take a marked step back in his jumping with the mistakes that used to litter his performances returning to a worrying effect. His penultimate run at Cheltenham had suggested that his jumping problems might be behind him but perhaps Paul Carberry’s style of racing does not suit him now that he is no longer so well handicapped?
Godsmejudge was another horse who appeared to do his Grand National prospects more harm than good when running another lifeless race at Doncaster and it would not be a surprise if his connections decide to avoid running at Aintree.
The Grand National picture is bound to start getting clearer over the next week or so but if you already have a clear fancy for this year’s race please let us know your reasoning here on this thread.