Grand National fever will grab the nation on Saturday when 40 horses face the starter for the 166th running of the world’s most famous race, writes Jeff Garlick.
The race was first run in 1839 and won by a horse called Lottery and to be honest it’s been a bit of a lottery trying to pick the winner ever since.
Entries from Yorkshire are thin on the ground this year with only High Eldwick trainer Sue Smith having possible runners.
Irish trainers dominated the recent Cheltenham Festival and I expect that trend to continue in the big race on Saturday.
When the weights were announced in February, I highlighted the chance of Colbert Station and have seen nothing since to make me change my mind.
Okay, the 25/1 has long gone, but he is still a double figure price which could shrink if champion jockey Tony McCoy opts to ride this imposing gelding.
The other Irish horses who I fear are On His Own and Seabass who are ridden by Ruby and Katie Walsh respectively.
Both have experience over these fences and are sure to run well.
Two other horses from the Emerald Isle worth a second look at big prices are Rare Bob and Quiscover Fontaine, the latter in particular is worth a saver at 50/1.
To sum up I am going for an Irish 1,2,3 with Colbert Station leading home Quiscover Fontaine and On His Own.
These days Aintree is not just about the National as there are loads of great supporting races as well.
The Melling Chase on Friday should be a cracker with Flemenstar and Cue Card taking on Sprinter Sacre, but I still take Sprinter Sacre to prove he is the superstar we all think he is.
Good Luck with your bets on the Grand National.
Garlick’s Aintree Goodies
Sprinter Sacre – Friday 3:05pm
Attaglance – Saturday 2:50pm
Grand National – Saturday 4:15pm
1st Colbert Station
2nd Quiscover Fontaine
3rd On His Own