Grand National 2015 expert betting tips and a preview of the race from our horse racing tipster who has picked out three each-way bets.
The Grand National is the world’s most iconic race, resurgent in its popularity in recent years it is still the ultimate test of horse and jockey.
Shutthefrontdoor would be an emotional winner on AP McCoy's final ride in the race. The winner of last season's Irish National ticks plenty of boxes for the race but his stamina isn't conclusively proven and is plenty short enough.
Rocky Creek looked all over the winner last year before fading close home to finish a gallant 5th. Another year older he may just last home a bit better and is well in on his Kempton win in February.
Balthazar King jumps for fun and is becoming a standing dish in the race. Many feel he would have won last year if not for a run at the Cheltenham Festival. Connections avoided Cheltenham to target this but a poor effort two years ago without a prep run lives on in the memory.
The National is a much classier handicap these days so the ability to travel at a high cruising speed can be crucial. The Druids Nephew certainly ticks that box although he has left the impression twice this season that this might just tax his stamina.
The colours of Mr and Mrs Rucker are as famous to once a year fans as those of JP McManus thanks to the exploits of Cappa Bleu, State Of Play and Alvarado in recent placed efforts. Alvarado comes here with a great chance to continue that sequence as a solid E/W player.
Godsmejudge certainly won't fail for lack of stamina with a formidable record over four miles. He comes good in the Spring on decent ground with poor efforts frequently preceding a monumental run.
Quick ground has brought the best from First Lieutenant in the past while these fences often have a knack of rekindling enthusiasm. Thrown in here on his best and with a touch of Grade 1 class he can outrun his price.
The last twice Royale Knight has encountered a stamina test on decent ground he has sluiced up, first at Kelso then at Sedgefield. He has taken a massive hike in the weights for those victories but has been trained specifically for this race by last years winning trainer.
A big outsider to consider could be Portrait King who won Newcastle's gruelling Eider chase at the tender age of seven. That appeared to take plenty out of him as he took a while to recapture his form. Not the most consistent but acts on good ground and certainly stays well, at 66/1 he could sneak into the places.
As always with the National it's wide open with a plethora in with a shout. Both favourites and outsiders have won in recent years but the value about those at the head of the market has gone for such a lottery of a race. As such an each way trio of First Lieutenant, Royale Knight and Portrait King are my three against the field at the odds.
Grand National 2015 Betting Tips
First Lieutenant E/W – 25/1 with Betfred.
Royale Knight E/W – 25/1 with Ladbrokes.
Portrait King E/W – 80/1 with Ladbrokes.
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