Gordon Elliott’s Tiger Roll will be looking to defy the critics this weekend as he tries to make history and win back-to-back Grand Nationals.
The fans’ favourite won in sensational fashion in 2018 despite being one of the smallest horses in the field. Tiger Roll continues to defy the odds and any doubters were silenced earlier this year.
The nine-year-old won the Ireland Boyne Hurdle in February at odds of 25/1 when connections had only used the race as a warm-up.
He then followed suit in the Glenfarclas Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last month, winning with plenty in hand during the three-mile, six-furlong contest.
Tiger Roll is out to become the first horse since Red Rum to win successive Nationals and he is best priced at 9/2 for Saturday’s showpiece.
However, many critics claim that price is far too short for a National runner and it is easy to see why. The race can be a minefield over the Aintree fences and there are plenty of bigger prices to consider this weekend.
Rathvinden is second favourite and trainer Willie Mullins has put top jockey Ruby Walsh on board for the big race. He produced a brilliant display last time out to win at Fairyhouse and, with Walsh on board, the 10/1 has to be considered.
Anibale Fly will be partnered by Barry Geraghty but he will need to win off top weight this week, with the nine-year-old weighing 11-10. 14s are available for punters if they are not put off by his weight, while Lake View Lad and Vintage Clouds are available at the same odds.
Joe Farrell has been mentioned by a few shrewd punters and 20/1 is the top price for the lightest horse in the race. The son of sire Presenting may need better ground but did impress when he finished second at Newbury last time out.
Nico De Boinville has proved his class over the years and the jockey will team up with Step Back at odds of 25/1.
Last but not least we have the big outsiders, with Just A Par, Bless The Wings and Blow By Blow expected to struggle. The former is 125/1, while Bless The Wings and Blow By Blow available at a massive 150/1.