Grand National 2020 Favourites – 4 Horses to Watch

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We take a look at four of the 2020 Grand National favourites that figure high up the betting market. As we build-up to the 2020 Aintree Grand National, the betting is starting to heat-up. At this stage, which are the main horses to look out for?

Tiger Roll Grand National 2018

Jockey Davy Russell jumps the last fence on Tiger Roll on his way to winning the Grand National horse race on the final day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, northern England on April 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS @SCANPIX

Tiger Roll Grand National

  • Age: 10
  • Trainer: Gordon Elliott (Grand National wins, 2007 & 2018, 2019)
  • Previous Grand National Form: Winner in 2018 & 2019

The winner of the 2018 & 2019 Grand Nationals is the first back-to-back winner since Red Rum (1973 & 74). Won with 11st 5lbs in weight in 2019, 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 winning the last two Grand National has taken out of the horse. A leading horse in the Grand National Favourites market, he is, of course, proven over these tricky fences but will have to defy the history books again. He’ll also be looking to give owners – Gigginstown House Stud – their fourth win in the Grand National since 2016 and become the first horse to win the race three times in a row!

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One For Arthur

  • Age: 11
  • Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies (1 Grand National win, 2017)
  • Previous Grand National Form: Winner (2017) 6th (2019)

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 returned in the 2019 Grand National with a fine sixth too. 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 2020. He had 11st to carry in 2019.

Pleasant Company

  • Age: 12
  • Trainer: Willie Mullins (1 Grand National Win, 2005)
  • Previous Grand National Form: 9th (2017), 2nd (2018) UR (2019)

Went very close in the 2018 Grand National after running a head second to Tiger Roll. Will be a 12-year-old in 2020 but we’ve seen horses that age win the race, 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. Unseated his rider in the 2019 Grand National, but was in the process of running well again (4th at the time) and even though he wouldn’t have won, he might have been placed again. He 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.

Anibale Fly

  • Age: 10
  • Trainer: Tony Martin (no wins)
  • Previous Grand National Form: 4th 2017, 5th 2019 (top weight)

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 2020 with this 10-year-old. He was the top-weight when finishing in 5th in the Grand National 2019 so adds a bit of class to the race. He was also fourth in the 2018 renewal of the Grand National. He was top rated and carried 11st 10lbs in weight in 2019 so we’ll have to see how the handicapper assesses him in 2020. He was just over 16 lengths off the winner in 2019 but with another year on his back and with proven experience of the fences would certainly be a strong contender. He also ran a top second in the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup, so a similar route looks on the cards for the 2019-2020 season ahead. This Grand National Favourite will be looking to give shrewd Irish trainer – Tony Martin – his first success in the Grand National.

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