The Grand National is on the horizon following its cancellation in 2020 and all eyes will be on Aintree April 10th for one of the biggest sporting events in the UK calendar.
Sadly there will be no Tiger Roll this year after connections withdrew him from the race, but there is already a short-priced favourite in the form of Cloth Cap.
Cloth Cap is just 4/1 with some bookies – which looks a tad on the stingy side to us – so we’ve hunted out some value amongst the other current Grand National entrants.
Read on to see a juicy 14/1 selection that could well be a shorter price if he lines up on the day.
Burrows Saint – 14/1 at Betfair
Burrows Saint is trained in Ireland by Willie Mullins and already has an Irish Grand National victory under his belt after winning the race in 2019.
He’s had a quiet winter and preparation that’s been geared towards a crack at the big one at Aintree or a return to Fairyhouse for an Irish National repeat.
Several bookies offer non-runner no bet on the Grand National though, so despite the uncertainty over whether he’ll even line up at Aintree, he looks a solid play at the current prices against the short-priced antepost favourite Cloth Cap.
He’s had two runs over hurdles this season that were followed up with a 2nd place in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse behind stablemate Acapella Bourgeois.
Mullins has form targeting the Bobbyjo Chase as an Aintree prep – Hedgehunter won the race before landing the National in 2005 and Rathvinden also won it before placing 3rd in the National in 2019.
Burrows Saint ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to a potential National winner – he’s a strong travelling type who jumps well and has stamina – perfectly displayed in his Irish National victory.
If he lines up at Aintree he’s got an excellent chance of landing a second National winner for Willie Mullins and yet another big race victory for Ireland.
Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.