Entries for the 2020 Grand National have now been revealed as the world-famous Aintree handicap steeplechase is an early closing race.
With the weights to follow, defending champion Tiger Roll is the headline name among a pool of 105 racehorses who could line-up on Merseyside on Saturday, 4 April. He is also one of 18 entered by trainer Gordon Elliott, who ran 11 in last year’s race.
Tiger Roll’s owners, Gigginstown House Stud, have 13 entries but their dual Grand National hero heads the betting at 6/1 with Betway. Elliott’s major Irish rival Willie Mullins has 10, meanwhile, with Irish National scorer Burrows Saint heading those at 20/1 with Coral.
As the stats relating to the Aintree showpiece highlight, he may be on the young side for the rigours of the Grand National fences and marathon distance of the race. Last year’s Topham Chase winner Cadmium is also among potential Mullins mounts, alongside recent Thyestes Chase scorer Total Recall.
Leading Irish owner JP McManus, who won the Grand National in 2010 with Don’t Push It, enters eight this year. Kimberlite Candy is the shortest price of those at 20/1 with Betfair after landing the Classic Chase at Warwick. It looks significant that Anibale Fly, who has placed in the race the last two years, skips a third Cheltenham Gold Cup bid en route for Tony Martin.
While Walk In The Mill is another horse entered with plenty of experience over the fences, and he is tipped to do well. Robert Walford’s stable star has won the last two renewals of the Becher Handicap Chase over a mile or so shorter on the course.
Walk In The Mill, who was fourth to Tiger Roll in the Grand National last year, is another with prominence in the betting at 20/1 with BetVictor. Betting on ante-post markets can be a minefield at times, but you’ll find free bets and betting offers for the Grand National available here to help you get the most value out of the market.
Other principals include Magic Of Light (BetVictor go 20/1 for the 2019 runner-up for Jessica Harrington), Le Breuil (Coral offer 25/1 for the 2019 National Hunt Chase winner) and three of the last four Welsh National victors.
Potters Corner landed the big Chepstow handicap at Christmastime this season for trainer Christian Williams. Welsh National predecessors Elegant Escape and Native River hail from the more powerful stable of Colin Tizzard, meanwhile. All three of these horses are trading around 25/1 in the ante-post betting for Aintree.
The likes of Yala Enki, now with champion trainer Paul Nicholls and Definitly Red are standing dishes in staying chases these days, so once again get Grand National entries. As the latter is one of the more significant representatives from a northern stable at 33/1 with William Hill, Brian Ellison will be hoping he can build on his fourth in the Becher.
Nicky Richards has Scottish National scorer Takingrisks entered at a big price of 50/1 with Ladbrokes to repeat his Ayr success from last spring on Merseyside this season. Only 40 horses can line-up at Aintree, so more than half of the current entries will have to be balloted out if they stand their ground once the weights are published.