Grand National 2018: Early thoughts

One For Arthur was an impressive winner of the 2017 Grand National but will have to overcome a likely hefty rise in the weights if he is to become the first horse since Red Rum to defend his crown in 2018.

Do you think he can do it? Or can one of the beaten horses comeback and take next year’s race? Cause Of Causes would almost certainly be campaigned with Aintree in mind next year and the third horse, Saint Are, looks set to be running in hunter chases next year so could he finally win the Grand National. Could Blaklion find the extra stamina he seems to need with another year on his back?

Some of the horses that failed to get round this such as The Young Master, Vicente, Saphir Du Rheu and Ucello Conti could also train again in 2018. Could any of them have a say in next year’s finish?

The bookies are putting forward the likes of Minella Rocco, Don Poli, Noble Endeavour and Our Duke as the horses likely to be involved for the first time in 2018.

Please add your early thoughts and selections for 2018 to this thread.

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162 Responses to Grand National 2018: Early thoughts

  1. mandie says:

    IRISH RAIDER thanks for sharing that insight.good news that we at least know what the aim is but there is always a BUT. never fallen though to date so hopefully gets schooled well and matures into the task. cheers and good luck.

  2. galileo says:

    Hi gang,
    MIKE N,
    we’re did you get 33’s for NATIVE RIVER….

  3. Mike N says:

    Had to fight for it in a William Hill shop galileo.

  4. Mike N says:

    As I don’t have an account with them.

  5. Lucky Vane says:

    I’ve also gone in at double carpet (betting slang for 33/1 ) on Native River, with Hills. Personally I’d don’t think the connections will run him, or at least be in two minds. But at 33/1 might be worth the risk.

  6. kj says:

    A few team interests with four legs back out this afternoon!

  7. galileo says:

    Hi gang,
    Poor performance from MINELLA ROCCO,did not really take part in the race
    One of the biggest lays for the GN for me,hold up tactics will not work in the GN…..any views…

  8. Mike N says:

    Probably wont run anyway galileo.

  9. kj says:

    Not a great start is it gangster, I mean galileo ;)
    With his strike rate and winter record I wasn’t really expecting great things tho and you can’t knock a horse that comes second in the GC completely,.. I haven’t seen the race! but reads jumping maybe still a problem and maybe attitude or fitness this time of yr,.. he wasn’t an Elliott horse so maybe more excuses than his misfiring runners like Outlander ;) I think he is going to be just one of those horses, big engine, poor jumping, but unlike Synchronised rather near hit and big miss! more of an Auroras Encore maybe, gotta watch out for those sommersaulting freaks that show up in spring! These days I think anything that truly stays (the shorter distance) can win, assuming it can keep up with the pace! and thats the more blurred area, travelling…

  10. kj says:

    I’ve just watched the race, yeah he was just hacking around, not racing, while something tried to steal the race upfront. Jumping was ok, got tired in the end, maybe he needed it and Barrys instructions were to hack and then get a proper workout, as I said seems to have a March preference not too concerned except GN in April ;) not his target.
    Great fun as always watching Pallasator win, seems so unfair, the Usain Bolt ‘hey that guys a giant’ moment, poor little Tiger Roll.

  11. galileo says:

    Hi gang,
    Nice blow-out for TIGER ROLL,think he’s being at GN,stamina is his forte,just hope ELLIOTT protects his mark his rating……

  12. Lucky Vane says:

    galileo says:
    October 19, 2017 at 4:25 pm
    Hi gang,
    Poor performance from MINELLA ROCCO,did not really take part in the race
    One of the biggest lays for the GN for me,hold up tactics will not work in the GN…..any views…

    Hold up tactics worked for One For Arthur last year and for Neptune Collonges in 2012. They don’t work every year but I wouldn’t overlook a horse because it favours hold up tactics. Neither would I overlook a horse who likes to be there or thereabout like Rule The World was in 2016.

    I’d personally ask myself is the horse classy enough.

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