Those who had already backed Blaklion for Grand National glory prior to his run in the Becher Chase will have been thrilled with what they saw. Plenty of people will have backed him at much shorter odds after the race too and many people will be hoping he can run in a similar fashion back at Aintree in April after his Becher Chase demolition job.
Everyone was impressed with his victory in the Becher, he did everything right to win the race and also did everything right to advertise his Grand National claims. The most important thing around the National course at Aintree is jumping, and Blaklion was foot perfect on just his second start over these fences. The experience will have done him the world of good, and he looks sure to go even better next time, which will be in the big race in April.
The other thing he did well was stay up the long straight and showed his stamina. He will have to cover an extra mile in the Grand National, so staying over the Becher trip was never going to be a huge problem, but it was great to see him do it nonetheless. The pace in the Becher was fairly quick, which is something Blaklion will have to contend with in the National too, and he had no problems dealing with it. You don’t only need a horse that can stay the distance in the National, you need one who can stay the distance despite the fast pace of the race, in terms of a prep run for that, the Becher was an exact replica.
Since the Becher Chase, Blaklion has been installed as the clear favourite with every bookmaker for the Grand National, and if you are looking to place a bet on him soon then it is better to do it as soon as you can. He will have another run or two before the big one, and if he continues to show his form and win as impressively as he just has done, then his price is sure to decrease even further, despite him already being the favourite.
Elsewhere in the race, The Last Samuri, a horse who came 2nd in the 2016 Grand National ran a great race to finish second behind Blaklion under what was a huge weight. He could do with a little relief from the handicapper, but he clearly loves the Aintree course and jumps and stays well enough to run a big race in the April main event. He did not impress anywhere near as much as what Blaklion did, but he is one to take out of the race and will give you a run for your money should you choose to back him in April.
However, the headlines have all been written about Blaklion, who put in a great round of jumping and showed us he has both the class and stamina to go very close in the 2018 Grand National.