Grand National Tips & Predictions
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So you’ve opened a shiny new betting account and have taken up the best Aintree betting offers. You’ve checked out our comprehensive betting guides, and even know when the races start, and all the confirmed runners and favourites, but do you know who to bet on at the Aintree Grand National Festival? Read on for our 2022 Grand National tips and predictions, and check back soon for our 2023 Grand National tips, across what we hope will be a profitable few days racing.
Who will win Grand National 2023?
No one can guarantee the Grand National 2023 winner but what we can do is help you whittle down the field, and provide you with the best tips for Grand National 2023. Our experts will be waiting till the 48 hour declarations are in, so we can be sure they’ll be the latest Grand National tips, taking into account all the most recent developments from in and around Aintree.
How to find a winner in Grand National 2023
The Aintree Grand National fences are unique, so many experts’ Grand National tips and predictions are focused on horses that have shown clear signs they’ll take to the fences. Of course, the latest odds and betting offers are also important, as are the trends, the condition of the ground and knowing you’ve got the best jockeys on board.
Read on, as we work through the minefield that is a 40 runner race across 4 and a half miles and 30 fences.
2023 Grand National day tips & predictions
On top of predictions and tips for the Grand National, check back on each day of the festival, as we’ll have Grand National Thursday tips for the Betway Bowl, Aintree Hurdle and Foxhunters’ Chase. Our Grand National Friday tips will include predictions for the Melling Chase and Topham Handicap Chase. Then, last but certainly but least, Grand National Saturday tips will feature the Maghull Novices’ Chase, the Liverpool Hurdle, and of course the best tips for Grand National 2023.
Our 2023 Grand National Festival tips will follow closer to the week of the meeting, but you can still read our expert views on the 2022 Grand National meeting below.
Grand National Day 1 Tips
Will the Betway Bowl offer Protektorat a chance to bounce back, after defeat in the Cheltenham Gold Cup? Can Champion Hurdle runner-up Epatante go one better in the Aintree Hurdle? Read on for our Grand National Thursday tips.
2.55 Betway Bowl – Protektorat
The Aintree Grand National Festival gets under way on Thursday afternoon with a seven-race card. There are four Grade 1 events to open proceedings, highlighted by the £250,000 Betway Bowl at 2.55. This race often features horses that ran well in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Protektorat will bid to step up on his excellent third in that race. He is trained by Dan Skelton who kept him fresh for the festival. He made a couple of mistakes that day and the final quarter of a mile seemed to stretch his stamina. He can confirm the form with fifth-placed Royale Pagaille, who will pose a bigger threat if the ground becomes testing.
3.30 Betway Aintree Hurdle – Epatante
The Betway Aintree Hurdle at 3.30 sees 2020 Champion Hurdler Epatante step up to two and a half miles for the first time. Nicky Henderson’s mare ran a gallant race at Cheltenham to finish second to Honeysuckle and there is nothing of her class in this field. There was little between Epatante and third-placed Zanahiyr at the line at Cheltenham but this track should suit her perfectly. Provided she settles for jockey Aidan Coleman in the early stages, she should have too much speed for her rivals in the closing stages.
2.20 Jewson Anniversary 4yo Hurdle – Brazil
Our third selection on the opening day of the Aintree Festival is Brazil in the Jewson Anniversary 4-year-old Hurdle at 2.20. The form horse is Triumph Hurdle third Pied Piper but Brazil put up a terrific performance to thwart the gamble on Gaelic Warrior in the Fred Winter Hurdle at Cheltenham. That race was only a handicap but he overcame trouble in-running and responded gamely to pressure to win by a short-head.
|Race time||Thursday tips||Betting odds*||Result|
*Odds correct at 6pm on 6th April 2022.
Grand National Day 2 Tips
Will L’Homme Presse make it a Cheltenham-Aintree double in the 2022 Mildmay Novices’ Chase? Can Fakir D’oudairies win the Melling Chase for the second successive year? And will one of the horses that narrowly missed the 2022 Grand National cut make up for it in the Topham? Find our Grand National Friday tips and predictions here, before the off.
1.45 Alder Hey & Aintree Handicap Hurdle – Cobblers Dream (each-way)
The second day of the Aintree Grand National Festival on Friday opens at 1.45 with a very competitive handicap hurdle over two and a half miles. Cobblers Dream has already landed the Lanzarote Hurdle this season and has a great chance of claiming another valuable prize. He ran a great race at Cheltenham last time when second in the Martin Pipe and makes plenty of each-way appeal at around 7-1.
2.20 Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle – Jonbon
Nicky Henderson’s Jonbon was no match for stable companion Constitution Hill at Cheltenham but was far from disgraced when second in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. He is the form choice in the Top Novices’ Hurdle at 2.20 where the faster ground and flat track will both be in his favour.
2.55 Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase – Bravemansgame
The Mildmay Novices’ Chase at 2.55 has a small but select field of four runners. L’Homme Presse beat Ahoy Senor at Cheltenham and should confirm the form but it might be worth taking a chance with Bravemansgame. He missed Cheltenham due to the heavy ground and should strip fitter than his rivals.
3.30 Marsh Chase (Registered As The Melling Chase) – Fakir D’Oudairies
The feature race is the £250,000 Marsh Chase at 3.30 and Fakir D’Oudairies can repeat last year’s victory. He sidestepped the Ryanair Chase after a gruelling race at Ascot and comes out on top on official ratings.
4.05 Topham Handicap Chase – Mister Coffey (each-way)
Our final selection on Day 2 is Mister Coffey who can make it a double on the day for Henderson in the Topham Chase at 4.05. He blundered away a winning chance at Cheltenham after cruising into contention and looks worth an each-way bet at around 10-1.
|Race time||Friday tips||Betting odds*||Result|
|1.45||Cobblers Dream (each-way)||7/1*||16th|
|4.05||Mister Coffey (each-way)||10/1*||16th|
*Odds correct when tip was submitted on 6th April 2022.
Grand National Day 3 Tips
Can Arkle winner Edwardstone justify his position as odds-on favourite for the Maghull Novices’ Chase? Will Flooring Porter see off Thyme Hill and Champ again, in a Cheltenham Festival rematch? And who’ll be the one to beat in the big one? Get our Grand National tips and predictions here, ahead of Saturday’s race.
5.15 Grand National – 1st Éclair Surf, 2nd Fiddlerontheroof, 3rd Any Second Now, 4th Fortescue
The Aintree Grand National Festival reaches its climax on Saturday with the £1 million Grand National at 5.15pm. Some bookmakers are paying each-way down to sixth, seventh or even eighth place so do check terms and conditions before placing your bets.
The final declaration stage resulted in Éclair Surf and Fortescue sneaking into the field with light weights. Éclair Surf won the Warwick Classic Chase easily and then finished second to last weekend’s Scottish Grand National winner under a big weight. Fortescue beat Fiddlerontheroof in testing conditions at Ascot but that rival will be 5lbs better off on Saturday. The best of last year’s placed horses should be Any Second Now who did well to finish third after being badly hampered.
1.45 EFT Construction Handicap Hurdle – Winter Fog
The action gets under way at 1.45 with a very competitive handicap over three miles. Winter Fog was given a lot of ground to make up at Cheltenham last time when fourth to Third Wind and can
reverse the form if ridden more prominently.
2.25 Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle – Walking On Air
Good Risk At All would probably like softer ground than he is likely to encounter in the 2.25 and preference is just for Nicky Henderson’s promising novice Walking On Air.
3.00 Maghull Novices’ Chase – Edwardstone
Impressive Arkle Chase winner Edwardstone is difficult to oppose in the Maghull Novices’ Chase. He has already beaten Third Time Lucki comprehensively this season and can repeat his Cheltenham victory.
3.35 Topham Handicap Chase – Flooring Porter
It could be a similar story in the Liverpool Hurdle at 3.35 when Flooring Porter renews rivalry with Thyme Hill, first and second in the Stayers Hurdle last month.
|Race time||Saturday tips||Result||Bookie|
|2.25||Walking On Air||7/2*||Pulled up|
|5.15||1) Eclair Surf|
2) Fiddler on the Roof
3) Any Second Now
*Odds correct when tip was submitted on 7th April 2022.
2023 Grand National betting odds
Below are the leading contenders, alongside their Grand National betting odds.
|Horse||Grand National odds||Bookmakers|
|Noble Yeats||20/1||Bet with|
|Any Second Now||20/1||Bet with|
|Farouk D’alene||20/1||Bet with|
|Win My Wings||25/1||Bet with|
|Kitty’s Light||25/1||Bet with|
|Delta Work||33/1||Bet with|
|The Galloping Bear||33/1||Bet with|
|Run Wild Fred||33/1||Bet with|
|Corach Rambler||33/1||Bet with|
|Longhouse Poet||40/1||Bet with|
|Enjoy D’Allen||40/1||Bet with|
|Snow Leopardess||40/1||Bet with|
|Lord Lariat||50/1||Bet with|
|Burrows Saint||50/1||Bet with|
|Minella Times||50/1||Bet with|
What are the odds on the Grand National?
The average odds of a winning Grand National horse are around 20/1 – while 25 of the last 31 Grand National winners returned a double-figure price. The only three recent winners who had less than four runs were Ballabriggs in 2011, One For Arthur in 2017 and Tiger Roll in 2019, with only three runs each.
Until recently, it was commonly assumed that horses carrying over 11 stone never win. This allowed punters to rule out a decent slice of the entrants. However, this trend is showing signs of reversal in recent years, not least in 2015 when Many Clouds carried the monster weight of 11st 9lb to victory, while since 2009 we’ve had six Grand National winners carry 11st or more in weight.
Grand National 2023 tips FAQ
Here are the answers to some common questions about the Grand National:
Who will be the Aintree 2023 winner?
The most likely winner at Aintree 2023 will become clearer as the big race draws ever nearer. Noble Yeats’ hopes of defending his title will be affected by February’s weights announcement, but the various performances at the Cheltenham Festival will no doubt have a significant impact on the Grand National 2022 ante post betting odds too. Delta Work and Any Second Now look the most likely contenders as things stand.
Who are the most successful trainers?
The following leading trainers have won the Grand National four times:
George Dockeray: (Lottery, 1839; Jerry, 1840; Gaylad, 1842; Miss Mowbray, 1852); Fred Rimell (E.S.B., 1956; Nicolaus Silver, 1961; Gay Trip, 1970; Rag Trade, 1976); Ginger McCain (Red Rum, 1973, 1974, 1977; Amberleigh House, 2004)
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