With over 100 entrants placing themselves forward for the 2017 Grand National, there is no shortage of runners and riders for people to consider for the big race. The Grand National appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds. There is a huge level of interest in the race, and the question that most people ask in the lead-up to the Aintree Race is who is expected to win or race well.
One early favourite that will not be racing is Native River. The winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup was well quoted in the early guides, but the winner of the Welsh National will not feature in April. Many people are naturally drawn to the returning champion, but last year’s winner, Rule the World, has retired and will not be taking part in the race.
There will be three contenders from the winner’s stable, however, and Michael “Mouse” Morris is a trainer who produces horses that can be relied on. Thunder And Roses, Rogue Angel and Dromnea are all early options to look out for.
Experienced horses can have an impact on the race
Sometimes, you are looking for a horse with experience of the big occasion, and many trainers play a very long game when it comes to preparing a horse for an event such as the Grand National. Maggio was involved on Grand National Day last year, bagging a winner in another race at the meeting. A good run of form over the Christmas period has raised expectations for Maggio, and punters are advised to follow this horse’s progress.
It is possible to stay in touch with the build-up to the big race by looking online, and the Grand National odds may help you choose which horse to make a wager on. You can guarantee that many people will be growing more excited as the weeks roll by. Some horses will also be getting excited in the run-up to the big event, none more so than the horse that finished runner-up in the 2016 Grand National. The Last Samuri had a starting price of 8/1 Joint Favourite, and this horse was leading upon clearing the final fence, but Rule the World finished very strongly, pipping the joint favourite at the finishing line. With this experience, you wouldn’t rule out The Last Samuri going one better in 2017.
The course itself represents a huge challenge with 16 fences. There have been changes made to the course in recent times, notably the changes made to 12 fences in 2012 when these obstacles were rebuilt with flexible plastic. This is a more forgiving material, and the move was undertaken with the wellbeing of the horses in mind. After the final fence, there is a run-in of close to 500 yards, which is one of the longest run-ins in horse racing.
With so much interest in the race, there will be no shortage of places to read about the horses that are hotly tipped for the race. By the time that the 2017 Grand National takes place, you should be more than informed about which horses are being strongly backed for success.