Minella Rocco was the Grand National favourite although Jonjo O'Neill confirms withdrawal
The 2017 Grand National looks set to be a scintillating renewal, with some top-class horses lining up for this mammoth encounter over four miles, two-and-a-half furlongs.
Forty horses will go to post at Aintree although that won’t include Minella Rocco, with the seven-year-old having been withdrawn from the race by trainer Jonjo O’Neill after his Gold Cup exploits. The horse had been as short as 8/1 to win the National after Minella Rocco finished a wonderful second in the Gold Cup and finished strongly to finish behind Sizing John.
This is a race where fortune is required to win and Cause of Causes is another horse that performed well at the Festival. The winner of the Cross Country was backed to win the National and Ladbrokes have 20/1 about another JP McManus horse winning the race, with Gordon Elliott certainly keen to talk up his chances.
Vieux Lion Rouge is among the favourites and impressed when winning a Grand National trial recently at Haydock, with David Pipe confident that the horse can go well off a favourable weight.
However, Blaklion produced a brilliant performance to finish a close second in the same race and Ladbrokes offer a tempting 20/1 about the Nigel Twiston-Davies horse coming up with the goods on the day.
The 2017 Grand National will be televised on ITV and it goes off at 5.15pm, with Definitly Red also among the favourites, with Ladbrokes going 16/1 about the Brian Ellison-trained horse etching his name into National folklore.
Caroles Destrier produced a good performance when finishing second to Native River and can be backed at 33/1.