The days from Thursday 2nd April to Saturday, the 4th will be normal to many people but for horseracing fans around the world, they are dates, which carry the potential for creation of history. Especially on that last day, from 5:15pm BST, there might be intense entertainment as the Randox Health Grand National 2020 race will be taking place at the Aintree Racecourse. Thousands of fans are expected to throng the racecourse to be first hand witnesses of the action. For those who won’t make it, ITV has promised to come to their rescue by airing the race live. It will also be possible to stream the action through the ITV website or the ITV Hub app.
After making it to the top position for two years, all eyes have been on Tiger Roll. Everyone has been curious on whether he will rewrite the history books by bagging his 3rd consecutive victory. He has even been declared a favorite by many markets for the most part of this year. However, according to Eddie O’Leary, the racing manager for the owner, that feat will be almost impossible to achieve. This comes after the weights for the contenders this year were revealed in Liverpool city center at St George’s Hall. Stablemates Tiger Roll and Delta Work were declared the heaviest with 11st 10b. This came as a disappointment especially to the manager and the trainer (Gordon Elliot) of the former. In fact, O’Leary stated that the lining up of the horse is not 100% certain. It had been almost 50 years before Red Rum’s back-to-back victory was matched and if Tiger Roll tops again this year, he will achieve another feat that has been impossible for the same amount of time. He will be the first to become top with the heaviest weight after Red Rum (12st) in 1974.
The list of this year’s favorites as well as betting offers can be obtained from several websites, which are mostly hyperlinked within articles in such a form as https://www.freebets.co.uk/grand-national-free-bets/. Some of the favorites include Rathvinden with an odd of 12/1 at 888sport, Anibale Fly at 12/1 with Coral, Burrows Saint at 14/1 with Paddy Power, Lake View Lad at 20/1 with Bet365, Kimberlite Candy at 20/1 and Pleasant Company at 25/1 with Boylesports. This is not all that punters can gain from the competition this year. Bookmakers are also outdoing each other in coming up with customer-friendly packages and irresistible offers. For instance, Betfair is giving away £100 free bets.
Boylesports and PaddyPower are giving out six slots each at the Aintree racecourse. To make the most out of the ante-post market, one needs to observe the terms and conditions and settle for ‘safe bets’ as much as possible. An example of a safe bet is the ‘No Runner No Bet’ (NRNB) option which sees to it that one recovers their money incase their options fail to make it to the competition.
For those who identify with Native River, the horse might be part of the Grand National as well. He was first entered in this year’s Gold Cup for which he is seeking a second win after which he will be viable for the race. According to Joe Tizzard, the son and assistant trainer to Colin, the horse has been in a good form given his victory at the Gold Cup and a recent one at Newbury. The decision to enter the horse in both races has been questioned by many given that there are only three weeks between them. Rumor has been having it that this decision was informed by the fact that the Grand National could be a back-up plan incase things don’t work out well at the Gold Cup. Tizzard quelled these doubts by affirming that the former will be a follow-up of the latter and not simply a second chance. As mentioned earlier, the horse did his owners proud on Saturday 9th Feb this year at Newbury and given that this was only his second race in the season, it will not be a major surprise if he tops both races this year. Tizzard confirmed that they are doing their best to keep him fresh and they hope that this will go a long way in maintaining or even improving his form.