It's that time of year again where punters around the country take a trip to their local bookmaker or laptop as the case may be nowadays, and place their fivers and tenners on the Grand National. Here, we are going to have a look at the best bets on offer for Gooners.
Here's one for William Gallas fans – My Will
Hailing from the Paul Nicholls yard and being the choice of leading jockey Ruby Walsh, this gelding holds major claims. He ran a cracking in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham to finish 5th at 100/1 and a similar performance would see him go very close.
Back My Will at 7/1 with Coral
The French Connection – L'Ami
It feels like L'Ami has been around forever but he's still only a 10 year old, the perfect age for a Grand National winner. He ran a very solid race at Cheltenham last month when finishing 2nd in the Glenfarclas Handicap Chase over a marathon trip of 3 miles and 7 furlongs. He will certainly get the trip and doesn't look too badly handicapped.
Back L'Ami at 20/1 with Boylesports
Arsenal have just come out of this in the last month or so, the... – Darkness
This is a very interesting runner indeed. Off the track for a long time, Darkness made his long awaited comeback this season and has show he still possesses a lot of his old ability. Due to the fact he's not had many recent runs, he's got a lovely weight of 10st 9lbs. He's been quietly backed for National in recent weeks and could be a big danger to all if staying the trip.
Back Darkness at 20/1 with Stan James
Here's one for the Robbie Keane haters to get stuck into – Irish Invader
This 8 year old has won his last 3 starts and comes from the very shrewd Willie Mullins yard. He would probably prefer a bit more juice in the ground but he has run well on good ground in the past. He has been campaigned over the minimum trip this season so the National is a big step up in distance but he has won over 3 miles in the past which is a positive.
Back Irish Invader at 25/1 with Coral
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Good luck with your bets this weekend and let us know your own fancies in the comments section.
Keep it Goonerish...........