Still not sure what to back - here are some facts

Story by Conall Collier

Saturday, 6th April, 2019 12:48pm

Still not sure what to back - here are some facts

Tiger Roll over the last in front in 2018.jpg

The £1-million Randox Health Grand National takes place at 5.15pm and is the most competitive betting heat of the year.

The 172nd running of the £1-million Randox Health Grand National takes centre-stage this afternoon ahead of a worldwide television audience of 600 million and a place in racing folklore up for grabs.

The build-up to this year's renewal of the world's richest and most famous chase has rightly centred on the Gordon Elliott-trained Tiger Roll (Davy Russell, 11st 5lb) who bids to become the first horse since Red Rum (1937, 1974 & 1977) to win multiple renewals of the four and a quarter-mile handicap chase.

There will also be a lot of support for the Moynalvey horse Jury Duty and Robbie Power and the Dunsany-owned (Chris Jones) duo of Mala Beach and Noble Endeavour as well as Tony Martin's Anibale Fly.

 

Robbie Power and Moynalvey's Peter Collins celebrating after Jury Duty won in the USA in 2018.

BETWAY'S Alan Alger said: “After weeks of unrelenting support, the money for Tiger Roll has finally started to dry up and 
he’s been eased out to 5/1 - the biggest price he’s been since romping home in the Cross Country Chase.

“It’s nothing too concerning, as the lack of support seems to be purely price based, but it certainly goes to show that punters are more interested in seeking out the value in the race.

“With six places on offer and 40 fences to be navigated, there’s some very strong each-way money flying around and Tea For Two has been one of the main ones they’ve latched onto. Lizzie Kelly’s mount is 33/1 from 40/1, while Livelovelaugh has also been backed into 33/1 having started the day at 50/1.

Randox Health Grand National - Betway bet: 
5/1 Tiger Roll; 9/1 Rathvinden; 14/1 Anibale Fly, Pleasant Company, Vintage Clouds; 16/1 Jury Duty, Rock The Kasbah; 18/1 Joe Farrell, Lake View Lad; 22/1 Ramses De Teillee; 25/1 Dounikos, Step Back; 28/1 One For Arthur, Walk In The Mill; 33/1 Tea For Two, Up For Review; 40/1 Ballyoptic, General Principle, Go Conquer, Livelovelaugh, Minella Rocco; 50/1 Monbeg Notorious, Noble Endeavor, Singlefarmpayment, Ultragold, Vieux Lion Rouge; 66/1 A Toi Phil, Captain Redbeard, Folsom Blue, Mala Beach, Regal Encore; 80/1 Bless The Wings, Valseur Lido, Valtor, Warriors Tale; 100/1 Blow By Blow, Don Poli, Magic Of Light, Outlander; 125/1 Just A Par **1/5 1-2-3-4-5-6**
 
BETWAY official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, has provided  a number of Grand National specials.

Gordon Elliott saddles 11 runners in the 172nd running of the world's most famous chase courtesy of Tiger Roll, Jury Duty, Dounikos, Bless The Wings, General Principle, Folsom Blue, Noble Endeavor, A Toi Phil, Blow By Blow, Mala Beach and Monbeg Notorious.
 
Last year's winner Tiger Roll is the 5/1 favourite with Betway for the four and a quarter-mile handicap chase, but punters can get 7/4 about Elliott training the winner of the Aintree showpiece.

 
BETWAY'S Randox Health Grand National specials:
 
All horses to clear the first fence: 6/4
 
Gordon Elliott to train the winner: 7/4
 
Irish 1-2-3: 3/1
 
Female to train or ride the winner: 5/1
 
All horses to jump the first four fences in the Grand National: 20/1
 
False Start: No: 1/2 and Yes: 6/4
 
Winner to be leading at the first: Yes: 1/2 and No: 6/4
 
Winning distance: three to nine lengths inclusive: 6/4; Over nine lengths: 15/8; Under three lengths: 2/1
 
Winning weight: 11st or more: 8/11; Less than 11st: 11/10
 
2019 GRAND NATIONAL FACTFILE
 
Oldest jockey: 

Richard Johnson, the current champion Jump jockey and rider of Rock The Kasbah, is 41. The oldest jockey to win the Randox Health Grand National was Dick Saunders, who was 48 when he triumphed on Grittar in 1982.
 
Youngest jockey: 
James Bowen, who rides Outlander, is 18. The other teenager riding in this year's race is Jack Kennedy, 19 (Dounikos). The youngest jockey to be successful in the Randox Health Grand National was 17-year-old Bruce Hobbs (Battleship, 1938).
 
Oldest trainer: 
Jessica Harrington, trainer of Magic Of Light, is 71.
 
Youngest trainer:
 Richard Spencer, 30, officially the trainer of Outlander, who was bought out of Gordon Elliott's yard at the Goffs Aintree Sale after racing on Thursday for £165,000.
 
Most runners: 
Gordon Elliott has 11 runners in the race.

Prior to Thursday evening he had 13, but both Don Poli and Outlander were sold at the Goffs Aintree Sale after racing that day and will represent Phil Kirby and Richard Spencer respectively. The previous record was 10, held by Martin Pipe (2001).
 
Oldest horse: 
The 14-year-old Bless The Wings, trained by Gordon Elliott and ridden by Robert Dunne, is the oldest horse in this year's Randox Health Grand National. If he wins, he will become the second oldest winner in the history of the race, following 15-year-old Peter Simple in 1853.
 
Youngest horse

There is one seven-year-old in the race, Ramses De Teillee, trained by David Pipe and ridden by David Noonan.
 
First-time jockeys: 
Andrew Ring (Blow By Blow), Luke Dempsey (Folsom Blue), Paddy Kennedy (Magic Of Light), Lizzie Kelly (Tea For Two), Danny Mullins (Up For Review). The last time a jockey riding in the race for the first time was victorious was 2017 (Derek Fox on One For Arthur).
 
First-time trainers: 
Jessica Harrington (Magic Of Light),

Nick Alexander (Lakeview Lad),

Richard Spencer (Outlander),

Jane Williams (Tea For Two),

Robert Walford (Walk In The Mill),

Phil Kirby (Don Poli).
 
Most experienced jockey: 
Richard Johnson's ride on Rock The Kasbah will be his 21st in the race - a record. He has yet to win it, but has finished second twice (2002 What's Up Boys, 2014 Balthazar King).
 

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