Cheltenham Festival Grand National Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Punters Fly In On Lion + Lump On Lough

Punters Fly In On Lion + Lump On Lough

Blaklion has nearly halved in price for this weekend’s Grand National Trial, with William Hill axing his odds to 11-2 favourite from 10-1 just 24 hours ago.

“Punters flush with their winnings from Ballyandy last weekend want to ‘Twist’ again on Blaklion,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Blaklion has also been backed for the main Aintree feature – now 25-1 from 33-1 for the Grand National. Ucello Conti has been cut to 25-1 from 33-1 and Rebecca Curtis’ O’Faolain’s Boy is particularly strong (Timeform put him up as their best rated for the race) – he’s 40-1 from 50-1 with William Hill.

Each-way punters are taking on Cue Card in the Ascot Chase. Kylemore Lough is the preferred option and easily the best-backed so far. He’s shortened to 11-2 from 7-1 with William Hill since Monday.

Yanworth is 4-6 favourite with Hills for the Kingwell Hurdle. Last year’s winner Rayvin Black is a 12-1 chance.

Weekend Races

Ascot Chase: 4-9 Cue Card, 11-2 Kylemore Lough, 7-1 Taquin Du Seuil, 9-1 Royal Regatta, 14-1 Irish Cavalier, 16-1 Shantou Flyer, 20-1 Traffic Fluide, (Each Way ¼ Odds Places 1,2)

Grand National Trial: 11-2 Blaklion, 7-1 Kruzhlinin, 8-1 Vieux Lion Rouge, 10-1 Gas Line Boy, Goodtoknow, Vintage Clouds, 12-1 Houblon Des Obeaux, Tour Des Champs, 16-1 Cloudy Too, Cresswell Breeze, Doctor Harper, Mysteree, Sausalito Sunrise, Vicente, Virak, Wakanda, Warrantor, 20-1 Rigadin De Beauchene, 25-1 Courtown Oscar, 33-1 Emperor’s Choice, Katenko, Kilbree Chief, 40-1 Aqalim, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Kingwell Hurdle: 4-6 Yanworth, 7-2 Sceau Royal, 4-1 Ch’Tibello, 8-1 Irving, 10-1 Capitaine, 12-1 Rayvin Black, 14-1 Agrapart, 20-1 Sizing Granite, 25-1 Melodic Rendezvous, 100-1 Seven Nation Army, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)

Grand National & Specials

2017 Randox Health Grand National: 16-1 Don Poli, The Last Samuri, 20-1 One For Arthur, The Young Master, 25-1 Blaklion, Empire Of Dirt, Ucello Conti, Vieux Lion Rouge, 33-1 A Toi Phil, Carlingford Lough, Carole’s Destrier, Cause Of Causes, Champagne West, Definitly Red, Foxrock, Gallant Oscar, Goodtoknow, Junction Fourteen, Minella Rocco, More Of That, Rogue Angel, Saint Are, Saphir Du Rheu, Stellar Notion, Vicente, Ziga Boy, 40-1 Alary, Alelchi Inois, Alvarado, Le Mercurey, Measureofmydreams, O’Faolains Boy, Out Sam, Polidam, Raz De Maree, Regal Encore, Road To Riches, The Crafty Butcher, Wonderful Charm, 50-1 Alfie Spinner, As De Mee, Benbens, Bishops Road, Devils Bride, Doctor Harper, Goulanes, Hadrian’s Approach, Highland Lodge, Killer Crow, Knock House, Lord Windermere, Maggio, Pendra, Perfect Candidate, Pleasant Company, Potters Cross, Roi Des Francs, Royale Knight, Sambremont, Sausalito Sunrise, Seventh Sky, Shantou Flyer, Shutthefrontdoor, Sizing Coal, Streets Of Promise, The Game Changer, The Romford Pele, Thunder And Roses, Tiger Roll, Tour Des Champs, Triolo D’Alene, Vics Canvas, Vieux Morvan, Viva Steve, Vivaldi Collonges, Vyta Du Roc, Wounded Warrior, 66-1 Ballynagour, Clarcam, Cloudy Too, Cocktails At Dawn, Dare To Endeavour, Double Shuffle, Father Edward, Gas Line Boy, Gone Too Far, Houblon Des Obeaux, Just A Par, Katenko, La Vaticane, Lessons In Milan, Lord Scoundrel, Milansbar, Milborough, Mountain King, Racing Pulse, Silver Man, Straidnahanna, Tenor Nivernais, Waldorf Salad, 100-1 Beeves, Bless The Wings, Dromnea, Drop Out Joe, Emperor’s Choice, Federici, Lamb Or Cod, Samingarry, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Who will train the winner of the 2017 Randox Health Grand National?:
6-1 Gordon Elliott
12-1 Paul Nicholls
14-1 Willie Mullins
16-1 David Pipe
20-1 Rebecca Curtis
20-1 Nicky Henderson

How Many Horses Will Complete The Course?:
10 Or Less: 15-2
11 to 15: 11-4
16 to 20: 6-4
21 to 25: 11-4
26 Or More: 9-1

All Horses To Clear First Fence In 2017 Randox Health Grand National?:
6-4 Yes

Where Will The Winner Of The 2017 Randox Health Grand National Be Trained?:
8-15 UK
11-8 Ireland
50-1 France

Don Poli To Finish In The First Four In The Cheltenham Gold Cup & Grand National: 12-1

How Much Weight Will The Winner Carry?: 11-8 11st or more, 8-15 10st 13lb or less
(Please be aware that this is the weight the winner carries on the day, not necessarily the current weight assigned to them for the race)

2016-17 National Hunt Trainers’ Championship:
2-9 Paul Nicholls
9-2 Colin Tizzard
9-1 Nicky Henderson
50-1 Willie Mullins