Horse Racing fever is set to grip the nation once again this weekend as the 2014 Grand National rolls into town at Liverpool's Aintree Racecourse.
Unsure which horse to put your hard-earned cash on for tomorrow's race? Here are our tips for Saturday's Crabbie's Grand National, the most open and unpredictable jump race of the season.
TIDAL BAY (Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies.Trainer: Paul Nicholls)
Despite advancing years, this high-class chaser remains in tremendous form. A quirky hold-up style should ensure that he appears towards the end, and stays well. It would be a fantastic story if Tidal Bay wins, and he will give the bookies a heart attacks if he's still within hailing distance crossing the Melling Road second time round. (14/1)
LONG RUN (Jockey: Sam Waley-Cohen. Trainer: Nicky Henderson)
The Cheltenham Gold Cup and two-time King George VI winner could become the first horse to collect all three prizes if he wins at Aintree this weekend. Although, doubts remain over his jumping style, which will be tested to the max on a less fearsome National course. Clear contender, but risky. (14/1)
ROCKY CREEK (Jockey: Noel Fehily. Trainer: Paul Nicholls)
Has run solidly in both the Hennessy and Argento and comes into the National with a bit of form. Lacks experience in general, with only 10 runs under rules, and maybe that could be his undoing. Trainer fancies his chances though and who are we to argue with that. My favourtie for the win. (16/1)
TEAFORTHREE (Jockey: Nick Scholfied. Trainer: Rebecca Curtis)
Set to go off as a well backed favourite and sure to give punters a run for their money with his exquisite jumping. However, he looked knackered on the run-in last year and stamina looks a major issue. Looks certain to be involved at the business end, but not exactly value now at single-figure odds. (8/1)
PRINCE DE BEAUCHENE (Jockey: Paul Townend. Trainer: Michael Scudamore)
Dark horse in the race. Has class and looks every inch a National horse, having been well fancied for the race before but failing to make the line-up after minor setbacks in his prep. Willie Mullins seems bullish and he's clearly had a smoother run this time around, Likely to move in the market, so get on him early. (20/1)
BURTON PORT (Jockey: Brian Harding. Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill)
Ran his best race for ages last time out at Newbury and if he enjoys his first go over these fences he will most likely be in the shake-up. Trained by Jonjo O'Neill, who is the master at preparing a horse for a staying handicap chase. A big danger and at good odds. (20/1)
CHANCE DU ROY (Jockey: Tom O'Brien. Trainer: Philip Hobbs)
Goes particularly well over the fences, finishing second in a topham and landing the Becher last December. Only slight doubt is about the extra trip, but has a light weight and likes better ground. (33/1)
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