Grand National 2019 betting tips: Top 4 place predictions

Our Grand National 2019 betting tips previews this Saturday’s famous Aintree meet with our recommended best tips for the top 4 place finishes. 

Aintree Grand National 2019 betting tips

We’ve reviewed all 40 runners and riders, studied their form, factored in the expected ground and weather conditions at Aintree on Saturday and whittled them down to just 4 to predict the best each way bets.

We’re recommending each way bets on the following four runners:

  • 1st – Rock the Kasbah (Richard Johnson)
  • 2nd – Jury Duty (Robbie Power)
  • 3rd – Tiger Roll (Davy Russell)
  • 4th – Ballyoptic (Tom Bellamy)

Continue reading for our analysis to find out why we’re tipping these four horses for a strong run this weekend.


The Aintree Grand National: Saturday 6 April 2019

Rock the Kasbah

Rock the Kashbar jockey colours

Age: 9

Weight: 10-13

Jockey: Richard Johnson

Trainer: Philip Hobbs

Form: 311-62

A solid horse with a solid claim. Another horse who is designed to stay and appreciate the longer trip.

Richard Johnson should be on board so he has a top jockey on him, and this is a horse who has never fallen in his 25 starts.

The one question mark would have to be his lack of preparation going into the race, having not raced since a below-par showing at Cheltenham in mid-December.

However, the entry for this wouldn’t have been considered lightly. If it puts that run behind him, there is no reason why it shouldn’t run a very big race at a good price.

The fact that it has gone under the radar a tad might work out in the punters favour.

Best odds to win: 20/1 with 888 Sport


Jury Duty

Jury Duty jockey colours

Age: 8

Weight: 10-11

Jockey: Robbie Power

Trainer: Gordon Elliott

Form: 37211

This one is ticking a lot of boxes.  The horse is in good form and if you look at the history books it has an ideal weight and age combination to go on and be a major contender.

There is of course one stand-out reason behind the big price, and it’s very relative… the course. The fences will be a baptism of fire and there is obviously no way of knowing how he will take to them. But just because he is untested doesn’t mean that he won’t be able to handle it. 

He is lightly raced with this race being the target.  The Gordon Elliot yard are in decent form.

Best odds to win: 25/1 with Sportingbet


Tiger Roll

Tiger Roll jockey coloursAge: 9

Weight: 11-5

Jockey: Davy Russell

Trainer: Gordon Elliott

Form: 11-411

There is every chance that Tiger Roll may go off as the shortest priced favourite ever in the modern era of the Grand National.

What in effect the bookies are telling you is: “if Tiger Roll gets round, he will win”.

The short price is a huge statement, but it’s not without good reason. He won the race last year so the course, the trip and the fences are all manageable. The big reason however, was his prep race at the Cheltenham festival where he didn’t just win, he quite literally destroyed the opposition in a superior and classy fashion.

The only thing against him is the history books; famously (as even non-horse racing fans know) only Red Rum has defended the National successfully since the Second World War.

Best odds on this horse: 4/1 with 888 Sport

 


Ballyoptic

Ballyoptic jockey coloursAge: 8

Weight: 11-1

Jockey: Tom Bellamy

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Form: 42-F6P

Another horse that ticks the age and weight boxes is Ballyoptic.  However, you would have to ignore its recent form when putting your money where your mouth is.

There is a clear and obvious reason why it’s such a big price, it just hasn’t looked like a winning horse in its last few races. It finished last season finishing a close 2nd in the Scottish Grand National but in its 3 races this season it has a fall, pulled up and a 6th placed finish to its name.

However, the trip shouldn’t be an issue as it’s trained to last the distance, and if it does regain some of its capable running form, then this could be a monster “outsider” price.

Best odds on this horse: 50/1 with William Hill

 

 

* All odds correct as of 21:00 on Tuesday 2 April 2019