Big Day at the Races: 2016 Grand National Betting PreviewPublished April 9, 2016 by Mike P
The 2016 Grand National is nearly upon us, so it’s time to check out a betting preview of the top prospects before Saturday.
The Grand National is one of the world’s most esteemed horse races, having first been run back in 1839. Now hosted at Aintree Racecourse, the handicap steeplechase sees more than 40 horses compete over two laps and 30 hurdles, covering a total distance of four miles and three-and-a-half furlongs.
The international scope of the race is vast, with more than 500 million people watching from over 140 countries. And after paying out a £1 million prize fund in 2015, the Grand National retained its status as the most lucrative horse race in Europe.
Come Saturday at 5:15pm, the participating owners, trainers, and jockeys will be eager to replicate the success of 2015 Grand National-winner Many Clouds, an eight-year-old that won at a starting price of 25/1. For the next race, bet365 has a comprehensive list of competitive odds. Check out OCR’s preview of the high-profile prospects below.
Now a nine-year-old, some are tipping Many Clouds to be the first horse to win successive Grand National titles for the first time since the legendary Red Rum, which won in 1973 and 1974. This time around, Many Clouds’ odds have fallen from 25/1 to 8/1, having won its March outing at Kelso Racecourse.
The Last Samurai
This eponymously named eight-year-old has been in good form lately, following consecutive wins at Doncaster and Kempton. For hurdles, the Last Samurai has show solid pedigree in winning three and placing in one of its five outings. bet365 considers the Last Samurai to be the second-best prospect at 10/1.
Jockey Noel Fehily is eyeing his first Grand National win on Silviniaco Conte. After winning five and placing twice in eight career hurdles, the 10-year-old is viewed as another top prospect at 11/1. Last year, Silviniaco Conte won the Betfred Bowl Chase at the Aintree Festival, so could be a prospect to make a step up.
The Top Outsiders
Despite not winning since February 2015, Holywell has been priced at 14/1 by bet365. Meanwhile, the Druids Nephew has been shortened to 16/1 after placing second at Doncaster in March. Also available at 16/1 are Saint Are and Shutthefrontdoor. At the next level, Goonyella, Gallant Oscar, and Bishops Road are available at 20/1.