2018 Grand National betting tips, predictions and odds (Aintree Festival - 14th April)

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2018 Grand National betting tips, predictions and odds (Aintree Festival - 14th April)

The 2018 Randox Health Grand National goes underway at Aintree racecourse on Saturday 14th April 2018. We share our 2018 Grand National betting tips and free predictions to set you apart from the crowd and make you a winner. Find here also a horse by horse guide, pinstickers, the best odds, betting promotions and no deposit free bets on the Grand National 2018!


The Grand National is the longest race of the year and one of the most daunting. A maximum of 40 horses will tackle 30 jumps over a trip just north of 4m 2f where the winner will scoop a monster £500,000. Once again people will be tuning-in from all around the planet to watch one of sport’s greatest spectacles. Along with those watching at home a 70,000 strong crowd will be at Aintree racecourse to cheer on the horses from the first fence to the final furlong.

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The Grand National 2018 is famed for its unpredictable nature and it's estimated that a quarter of the UK adult population will bet on this year's renewal. Our horse racing professional punters have taken a closer look at this race and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

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Find below all the runners, riders, trainers and form - all the key details you need to know for Saturday's big race at Aintree.

(Racecard number, horse, trainer, jockey, recent form, age, weight carried ie 11st 10lb is top weight. Form: F - Fell, P- Pulled up, U -Unseated rider. Some colours to be confirmed.)

  • Bet365 Betting Bonus#1 MINELLA ROCCO rating
    Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill Jockey: Noel Fehily
    Form: U2-4P4F Age: 8 Weight: 11-10

    Second to Sizing John in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last season, MINELLA ROCCO has endured mixed fortunes this term. His best effort was at Leopardstown over Christmas when he was nine-lengths fourth behind Outlander, as he recorded heavy defeats at Punchestown and Cheltenham Gold Cup.
  • Betfair Sportsbook Betting Bonus#2 BLAKLION rating
    Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
    Form: 324-212 Age: 9 Weight: 11-09

    The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained, BLAKLION, who ran a gallant fourth in the 2017 Grand National, was an impressive winner of the Becher Chase earlier this season over National fences at Aintree. On his most recent outing Blaklion finished a distant second behind the mudlark Yala Enki in a Grand National Trial at Haydock. He will be in great shape having undergone a wind operation ahead of his Aintree mission.
  • Sportingbet Betting Bonus#3 ANIBALE FLY rating
    Trainer: Tony Martin IRE Jockey: Barry Geraghty
    Form: 2-5F193 Age: 8 Weight: 11-07 

    ANIBALE FLY won the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown (by 7 lengths from Ucello Conti) in December and shaped well when third to Native River in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham last time out. He improved markedly for the step up in trip last time suggesting this marathon distance may be within his stamina limits. 
  • William Hill Betting Bonus#4 THE LAST SAMURI rating
    Trainer: Kim Bailey Jockey: David Bass
    Form: 20-2243 Age: 10 Weight: 11-07

    THE LAST SAMURI finished runner-up in the 2016 Grand National. He figured in the 2017 Grand National too, but could only manage 16th. He has run four times this season en route to Aintree, with the most notable runs being when 2nd behind Blaklion in the Becher Chase in December and then 4th in the Glenfarclas Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. 
  • Betstars Betting Bonus#5 VALSEUR LIDO rating
    Trainer: Henry de Bromhead IRE Jockey: Keith Donoghue
    Form: 2/14-555 Age: 9 Weight: 11-06

    VALSEUR LIDO was a top-class chaser whose last victory came in Champion Chase at Down Royal in November 2016. He has been absent for one year until and returned to action back at Leopardstown, finishing fifth to Road To Respect. His subsequent run in the Irish Gold Cup saw him finishing a well-beaten fifth of ten runners. 
  • Coral betting bonus#6 TOTAL RECALL rating
    Trainer: Willie Mullins IRE Jockey: Paul Townend
    Form: 05-111F Age: 9 Weight: 11-04

    Willie Mullins-trained 9 year-old TOTAL RECALL landed a big handicap race this season – The Ladbrokes Gold Trophy (Hennessy) – off a mark of 147, but is now rated 156. A winning run over Hurdles as a prep for the Cheltenham Gold Cup then followed, but his Gold Cup ended two fences from home when knuckling on landing and losing jockey David Mullins. 
  • 10Bet Betting Bonus#7 ALPHA DES OBEAUX rating
    Trainer: Mouse Morris IRE Jockey: Rachael Blackmore
    Form: 414646 Age: 8 Weight: 11-03

    ALPHA DES OBEAUX beat some decent rivals when winning Clonmel Oil Chase earlier in season before finishing out of the places in four subsequent runs. He was well below form in 10-runner Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown last time as he finshed 6th. He has raced twice at Aintree, though never over the National fences.
  • William Hill Betting Bonus#8 PERFECT CANDIDATE rating
    Trainer: Fergal O'Brien Jockey: Alain Cawley
    Form: 1P-0105 Age: 11 Weight: 11-02

    PERFECT CANDIDATE pulled up four from home in last year’s Grand National. He won a Grade 3 at Cheltenham (by neck from Vicente) in November, but was well below form last two starts, expecially when finished a well-beaten fifth in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham last time out.
  • 10Bet Betting Bonus#9 SHANTOU FLYER rating
    Trainer: Richard Hobson Jockey: James Bowen
    Form: PP-2222 Age: 8 Weight: 11-01

    SHANTOU FLYER had excuses when pulled up in last year’s National, having been badly hampered at one stage, and goes to Aintree in top form after a neck defeat in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Festival.
  • William Hill Betting Bonus#10 TENOR NIVERNAIS rating
    Trainer: Venetia Williams Jockey: Town O'Brien
    Form: 3120-P6 Age: 11 Weight: 11-00

    TENOR NIVERNAIS won a listed race at Ascot in 2016/17, but was below form since, including when well beaten in 2017 Grand National. Very hard to believe he could have a chance here. 

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  • BetVictor Betting Bonus#11 CARLINGFORD LOUGH rating
    Trainer: John Kiely IRE Jockey: Mark Walsh
    Form: 44-75UP Age: 12 Weight: 11-00

    CARLINGFORD LOUGH, a former winner of the Grade One Punchestown Gold Cup, has run well in some top company during his career, notching up more than £500k in the process. Hopelessly out of form this season. 
  • Betstars Betting Bonus#12 VICENTE rating
    Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Nick Scholfield
    Form: 9F1-2UP Age: 9 Weight: 10-13

    VICENTE fell at last year's Grand National but scored in the Scottish version in 2017 after that fall and has returned to the track in 2017 in similar form with a decent return run at Cheltenham in November. 
  • PaddyPower Betting Bonus#13 TIGER ROLL rating
    Trainer: Gordon Elliott IRE Jockey: Davy Russell
    Form: 1P-2P51 Age: 8 Weight: 10-12 

    Gordon Elliott's TIGER ROLL won the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham last year and returned to form at the Festival this season when landing the Cross Country Chase by two lengths from Urgent de Gregaine. That was the third win of his career at the Festival. He has no stamina concerns and cannot be overlooked.
  • 888 Sport Betting Bonus#14 REGAL ENCORE rating
    Trainer: Anthony Honeyball Jockey: Richie McLernon
    Form: P8-03P1 Age: 10 Weight: 10-12

    REGAL ENCORE, 8th in last year’ showpiece from the same mark, proved as good as ever when winning six-runner listed event at Ascot last time by 1½ lengths from Minella Daddy. He would need a big improvement to figure this time around. 
  • Coral betting bonus#15 VIEUX LION ROUGE rating
    Trainer: David Pipe Jockey: Tom Scudamore
    Form: 116-474 Age: 10 Weight: 10-12

    VIEUX LION ROUGE has a great pedigree over the National fences, having finsihed 6th and 7th in the last two Grand Nationals. He is the winner of 2016’s Becher Chase and looked back to form with the blinkers replacing cheekpieces in a listed event at Ascot last time won by Regal Encore. 
  • 10Bet Betting Bonus#16 CHASE THE SPUD rating
    Trainer: Fergal O'Brien Jockey: Paddy Brennan
    Form: 751-1PP Age: 10 Weight: 10-11

    CHASE THE SPUD is a strong stayer who won the Midlands National at Uttoxeter last year and made winning return in heavy-ground handicap at Haydock in November. Anyway, he has been pulled-up in the Welsh Grand National and Eider Chase at Newcastle both starts since.
  • Ladbrokes Betting Bonus#17 WARRIORS TALE rating
    Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Sean Bowen
    Form: 115-U22 Age: 9 Weight: 10-11

    WARRIORS TALE finished runner-up to Wakanda in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster last time, just collared near finish. He looked the winner before the last fence and the solid effort continued his upward curve over the past few seasons. He races off a 2lb higher mark on Saturday which should not hinder him given his progress. 
  • BetVictor Betting Bonus#18 SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT rating
    Trainer: Sandy Thomson Jockey: Brian Hughes
    Form: 73/1P2-3 Age: 10 Weight: 10-11

    SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT has been placed in a Scottish Grand National and has a win over Blaklion on his CV. He has only had one run this season but it's nothing new for him as last season he only ran three times - including a 12 length beating of Bristol De Mai at Carlisle.
  • Boylesports Betting Bonus#19 GAS LINE BOY rating
    Trainer: Ian Williams Jockey: Robbie Dunne
    Form: 445-F13 Age: 12 Weight: 10-10

    Veteran chaser GAS LINE BOY finished fifth in last year's Grand National. His season started on a very unlucky note with a fall at Aintree. He made no mistake from his next run in Liverpool over the National fences in the Grand Sefton, and overcame a bad mistake when being hampered four out to win, and record something of a personal best from a mark of 142. 
  • Sportingbet Betting Bonus#20 THE DUTCHMAN rating
    Trainer: Colin Tizzard Jockey: Harry Cobden
    Form: 27-261P Age: 8 Weight: 10-10

    THE DUTCHMAN started the campaign with a useful second behind Sam Spinner in a big handicap hurdle at Haydock. He scored on the same mark over fences in a heavy-ground Peter Marsh Chase at the same course in January but pulled up in the Grand National Trial there on his last start.

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  • William Hill Betting Bonus#21 PLEASANT COMPANY rating
    Trainer: Willie Mullins IRE Jockey: David Mullins
    Form: 1419-0P Age: 8 Weight: 10-10

    PLEASANT COMPANY won the Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase at Punchestown and Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse last year and finished ninth in the 2017 Grand National. He has had only two disappointing outings since then, including when pulled up in Thyestes Handicap Chase won by Monbeg Notorious at Gowran last time.
  • Sun Bets Betting Offer#22 UCELLO CONTI rating
    Trainer: Gordon Elliott IRE Jockey: Daryl Jacob
    Form: 724U-2P Age: 8 Weight: 10-10

    UCELLO CONTI, sixth in the race in 2016, was only beaten 2 and 1/2 lengths in Becher Chase later the same year. He was an unlucky faller in last year's Grand National when running well and has since performed well in some high class races. 
  • Bet365 Betting Bonus#23 SAINT ARE rating
    Trainer: Tom George Jockey: Adrian Heskin
    Form: 3F23-PP Age: 12 Weight: 10-09 

    SAINT ARE has run well in four Grand Nationals now, and has finished 2nd and 3rd in two, while in 2016 he was pulled-up. He hase’s raced at Aintree many times before too and seems to love the flat nature of the track. 
  • 888 Sport Betting Bonus#24 BEEVES rating
    Trainer: Jennie Candlish Jockey: Sean Quinlan
    Form: 511-197 Age: 11 Weight: 10-09

    A withdrawal from last year’s renewal, BEEVES placed eighth in the 2016 Becher Chase. He is a solid jumper who has never fallen in 25 races over fences. He racked up three consecutive wins last year and made running as usual before well held in the Cross Country at Cheltenham last time.
  • Betway Betting Bonus#25 RAZ DE MAREE rating
    Trainer: Gavin Cromwell IRE Jockey: Robbie Power
    Form: P0-F221 Age: 13 Weight: 10-08

    RAZ DE MAREE finished 8th in the 2014 running and unseated last year. At the age of thirteen, he had the best day of his career, winning the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow this season, by six lengths from Alfie Spinner. Eighth in 2014 and pulled up last year. 
  • PaddyPower Betting Bonus#26 I JUST KNOW rating
    Trainer: Sue Smith Jockey: Danny Cook
    Form: P3-3412: Age: 8 Weight: 10-07

    I JUST KNOW has had just a single start in a marathon chase thus far when landing connections a third consecutive win in the North Yorkshire Grand National over 3m6f at Catterick. He has since run well over hurdles, and looks one suited by an extreme test of stamina. 
  • Bet365 Betting Bonus#27 VIRGILIO rating
    Trainer: Dan Skelton Jockey: Harry Skelton
    Form: 223-18P Age: 9 Weight: 10-07

    VIRGILIO hasn't been seen on the track since he was pulled-up at Doncaster in December. Anyway, he has an excellent record at Aintree, with three wins at the course - includind when successful over regular fences at Aintree last May - and two creditable performances at the Grand National Festival. He was pulled up on his last run at Doncaster but a breathing operation since could help spark a revival.
  • Betway Betting Bonus#28 BAIE DES ILES rating
    Trainer: Ross O'Sullivan IRE Jockey: Ms Katie Walsh
    Form: 223-18P Age: 7 Weight: 10-07

    BAIE DES ILES is a smart handicap chaser who won at Punchestown (by four and three quarter lengths from Sambremont) last year. He finished a creditable third of 19 to Folsom Blue in latest running of same race last time and  secured a third in the Irish Grand National Trial last time out. 
  • Ladbrokes Betting Bonus#29 MAGGIO rating
    Trainer: Patrick Griffin IRE Jockey: Brendan Powell
    Form: 504-443 Age: 13 Weight: 10-07

    Maggio has not won since causing 50/1 shock over regular fences at 2016 Grand National meeting. He previously placed 10th in 2015’s Topham but he has nothing to shout about in recent times. 
  • 10Bet Betting Bonus#30 PENDRA rating
    Trainer: Charlie Longsdon IRE Jockey: Aidan Coleman
    Form: 5150/-20 Age: 10 Weight: 10-07

    PENDRA finished an admirable 13th in the 2016 Grand National, but has only been run twice in the past twelve months. He was a good 2nd in the Kim Muir Chase at Cheltenham on sole start last season, but finished down the field in the same race on his first start this year. 

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  • Ladbrokes Betting Bonus#31 BUYWISE rating
    Trainer: Evan Williams Jockey: Adam Wedge
    Form: 04-8610 Age: 11 Weight: 10-07

    BUYWISE finished 12th in the Grand National two years ago. He ended a long-losing run in a Veterans' Handicap Chase Final at Sandown (by two lengths from Pete The Feat) in January.
  • Betstars Betting Bonus#32 CHILDRENS LIST rating
    Trainer: Willie Mullins IRE Jockey:
    Form: 0/951-2P Age: 8 Weight: 10-07

    CHILDRENS LIST has won a maiden chase at Punchestown (by half a length from Edwulf) last year. He is very unexperienced since this this be only his fifth run over fences. He shaped like a non-stayer when pulled up in a Grand National trial at Punchestown last time, but better ground here may suit. 
  • Betfair Sportsbook Betting Bonus#33 LORD WINDERMERE rating
    Trainer: Jim Culloty IRE Jockey: Andrew Lynch
    Form: P/2957-F Age: 12 Weight: 10-06

    The veteran LORD WINDERMERE, winner of the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup, has run once since last year’s seventh-place effort, a fall in the Becher Chase. Other horses look more persuasive but he can't be ruled out. 
  • Boylesports Betting Bonus#34 CAPTAIN REDBEARD rating
    Trainer: Stuart Coltherd Jockey: Sam Coltherd
    Form: 2-36121 Age: 9 Weight: 10-06

    CAPTAIN REDBEARD has been in great form all season and is an interesting outsider. He was a good second in between to The Dutchman in Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock on first try beyond 3m. Previously, he scored both at Haydock and Ayr, when he back over hurdles. Jumping wasn't perfect when 6th over National fences in Grand Sefton Chase four months ago.
  • PaddyPower Betting Bonus#35 HOUBLON DES OBEAUX rating
    Trainer: Venetia Williams Jockey: Charlie Deutsch
    Form: 0-1663P Age: 11 Weight: 10-06

    HOUBLON DES OBEAUX was a creditable third in similar event at Ascot last time out and made late progress to finish 10th last year, but was still 42 lengths behind the winner. He will be ridden by Charlie Deutsch and will wear blinkers for the second time. 
  • William Hill Betting Bonus#36 BLESS THE WINGS rating
    Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: Jack Kennedy
    Form: 6-PP1FP Age: 13 Weight: 10-05

    BLESS THE WINGS landed in a cross-country event at Cheltenham in December, but fell in Cross Country won by Tiger Roll at the Cheltenham Festival and pulled up in the Irish Grand National last time. As a result, he has finished only once in five starts this season. 
  • BetVictor Betting Bonus#37 MILANSBAR rating
    Trainer: Neil King Jockey: Bryony Frost
    Form: 6-3U152 Age: 11 Weight: 10-05

    MILANSBAR won Classic Chase at Warwick (by 11 lengths from Cogry) in January -  a race landed last year by One For Arthur, before triumphing at Aintree - and finished a creditable 10 lengths second to Regal Flow in the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter last time. 
  • 10Bet Betting Bonus#38 FINAL NUDGE rating
    Trainer: David Dennis Jockey: Gavin Sheehan
    Form: F6-2359 Age: 9 Weight: 10-05

    FINAL NUDGE was a useful novice last term, securing victories at Fakenham, Hereford and Newbury, and has continued to impress this season. A head second in Wincanton’s Badger Ales Trophy and 3rd in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow are fine formlines. Anyway, he finished 9th in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham last month. 
  • Coral betting bonus#39 DOUBLE ROSS rating
    Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies Jockey: Jamie Bargary
    Form: 3-4UP84 Age: 12 Weight: 10-05

    DOUBLE ROSS pulled up in the 2016 Grand National renewal. He finished third to Native River in 2016 Hennessy Gold Cup and finished fourth in Kim Muir at Cheltenham on latest start. Plus, he has a fifth over these fences in both the Topham and Grand Sefton Chases in the last seasons.
  • William Hill Betting Bonus#40 ROAD TO RICHES rating
    Trainer: Noel Meade IRE Jockey: Sean Flanagan
    Form: 85-090P Age: 11 Weight: 10-04

    ROAD TO RICHES has been on the downgrade last two seasons after he finished third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2015 after two Grade One victories. He has been pulled up at Punchestown in February, and was beaten a combined total of more than 165 lengths in his previous five races..

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