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The 2012 Grand National is taking place this Saturday and there are 48 six-day acceptors this year, headed by JP McManus’ Synchronised, who is bidding to become the first horse since Golden Miller to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National in the same season and will be ridden by Tony McCoy.
It is incredibly difficult to narrow down the field this year, predominantly because it looks like one of the most open races in years. But remember, the best chance of getting a return on your bets is by backing ‘Each-Way’ ~ The ‘Each Way’ bet pays out if your horse finishes 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th.
Some sensible bets:
Chicago Grey – 14/1
A solid win at Cheltenham last year, as well as a good finish in the 2011 Scottish Grand National may give Chicago Grey the edge at Aintree.
Seabass – 18/1
Seabass is Grand National Winning trainer Ted Walsh’s only entry into the 2012 Grand National and comes with an immaculate record with six back-to-back wins with five of them being won with either Ruby Walsh or Katie Walsh on board.
West End Rocker – 11/1
A recent winner at Aintree in December 2011, West End Rocker is trained by Alan King and was unfortunate in the 2011 Grand National, when he was brought down at the 6th fence. He prefers Good/GdSft and with eight wins/places from his 14 career chase starts would have netted you about 57% return on your cash if you had bet each-way on him in every race.
The Midnight Club – 33/1
The Midnight Club is our long shot for a few reasons. Firstly, he’s a great Willie Mullins horse, and one of the few he’s got left in the Grand National. Recently he’s had a good run out in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and is one of the few horses who not only entered last year but completed the course in 6th place so is more than capable of both getting over the fences and going the distance. He may not be a favourite but if he literally goes one better than last year then he’ll place in the money and at 33/1 that could be a nice win!
According To Pete – 25/1
Two solid wins at Wetherby and Haydock in December and January have really given According To Pete a boost. With 14 chase starts under his belt and five wins and four places to add to his earnings tally, Aintree might well suit him as the going should be perfect for him.
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