|Anibale Fly||33/1||888Sport||Glen Rocco||40/1||BetHard|
|Pleasant Company||33/1||William Hill|
Grand National 2020 odds
When it comes to the 2020 Grand National, one question dominates more than any other, and that is: will Tiger Roll turn up for the race?
Grand National ante post betting lists across the board will have a very different shape to them nearer to the race if the above question is answered in the affirmative. Tiger Roll, a best-priced 8/1 ante-post favourite for 2020, would be attempting to complete the most stunning of racing hat-tricks having won the race in 2018 and 2019, but the reason the question is being asked at all is because his owner told the racing media after his 2019 that it would be unfair on the horse to ask him to do it all again.
So, a great deal depends on whether Michael O’Leary sticks to his word or has a change of heart in the meantime, but for those of us looking to dig out something at value odds, it is probably in our interest that Tiger Roll does get the green light because he is going to take such a big share of the market. At the time of writing, every horse in 2020 Grand National betting lists except Tiger Roll is 20-1+, so we are getting juicy prices about some very talented staying chasers.
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Grand National Betting Tips 2020 – Top three best bets
Here are my top three long-range picks for the 2020 Grand National, all of which are juicy prices with the Top Betting Sites.
From a handicapping point of view Anibale Fly is undoubtedly vulnerable, but weight isn’t everything in racing and he has now run two stormers in defeat in the Grand National despite not having his ideal conditions in 2020.
Soft ground really plays to his strengths so it is very much to his credit that he was able to stick to his task so gamely when fifth in 2019. He’ll be ten in 2020, so in his prime in terms of age and experience, and would be a massive player if conditions were to come up on the slow side.
It’s always a bit risky backing a horse with no previous experience of Aintree in the Grand National, but Glen Rocco is an improving chaser who might just have the class and stamina to overcome his inexperience. You can put a line through his defeat on final start of the 2018-19 season when he was held up in a Grade 3 chase that was dominated by those that raced prominently, but even there, he kept on well enough to think that he’ll stay plenty further that that 3m test.
He blew the field apart on his run prior to that, earning a 13lb hike in the ratings, and is open to loads more improvement having had just nine career starts. Part-owned by TV personality Jeremy Kyle, whose dream it is to have a runner in the National, Glen Rocco will almost certainly be aimed at Aintree in April and could have a sighter in the Topham Chase en route.
I like horses who have run well in this unique race before and Pleasant Company fits the bill perfectly. He was only beaten a short head by Tiger Roll in 2018 and was still bang there with every chance when coming to grief four-out 12 months later. He had jumped perfectly adequately prior to that and would surely have been in the frame at least if he had stayed on his feet.
It is entirely possible that he has missed his big chance now, given he will be twelve years old by 2020, but three eleven-year-olds have won the race since 2010, so it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that he could be back for one last crack at the big one. If he retains his zest for the game, he’ll be a big player once again.