Grand National 2019 Favourites – 4 Horses to Watch
We take a look at four of the 2019 Grand National favourites that figure high up the betting market. As we build-up to the 2019 Aintree Grand National, the betting is starting to heat-up. At this stage, which are the main horses to look out for?
- Age: 9
- Trainer: Gordon Elliott (Grand National wins, 2007 & 2018)
- Previous Grand National Form: Winner in 2018
The winner of the 2018 Grand National and will be looking to become the first back-to-back winner since Red Rum (1973 & 74). Won with 10st 13lbs in weight in 2018 but the handicapper is expected to lump more on this time. Does have age on his side though but after a few tough seasons it remains to be seen just how much last year’s win has taken out of the horse. A leading horse in the Grand National Favourites, he is proven over these tricky fences but will have to defy the history books. He’ll also be looking to give owners – Gigginstown House Stud – their third win in the Grand National since 2016.
One For Arthur
- Age: 10
- Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies (1 Grand National win, 2017)
- Previous Grand National Form: Winner (2017)
The hero of the 2017 Aintree Grand National. Didn’t have the chance to defend his title in 2018 as was ruled out for much of the season due to injury. He is firmly one of the Grand National Favourites and will be looking to become the first horse since Red Rum (1977) to regain his title but we know he handles the track and the fences. He won with 10st 11lbs in weight in 2017 but being a past winner there’s every chance he’ll have to lump more weight around in 2019.
- Age: 11
- Trainer: Willie Mullins (1 Grand National Win, 2005)
- Previous Grand National Form: 9th (2017), 2nd (2018)
Went very close in the 2018 Grand National after running a head second to Tiger Roll. Will be an 11 year-old in 2019 but we’ve seen three horses that age win the race since 2012 so he’s still one of the Grand National Favourites that might still have a bit of time to play with. Was also 9th in the 2017 running so we know he’s got the ability to handle the fences and the track. We can also expect the handicapper to rate him higher than 148 in 2019 though after his decent performance twelve months ago but has been a regular National runner in recent years and if running again will be looking to give his trainer his second win in the race.
- Age: 9
- Trainer: Tony Martin (no wins)
- Previous Grand National Form: 4th 2017
Popular owner JP McManus won the Grand National for the only time in 2010 with a horse called Don’t Push It, but looks to have a leading chance in 2019 with this 9-year-old. He was a fine third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2017 too so adds a bit of class to the race, while he was also fourth in the 2018 renewal of the Grand National. He was rated 159 in 2018 and carried 11st 8lbs in weight so we’ll have to see how the handicapper assesses him this year. He was just over 11 lengths off the winner in 2018 but with another year on his back and with proven experience of the fences would certainly be a strong contender. This Grand National Favourite will be looking to give shrewd Irish trainer – Tony Martin – his first success in the Grand National.
We can expect Total Recall to have been well-schooled since Cheltenham and being he brings a bit of class to the race then he’d be foolish to ignore.