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Grand National expert tips - Two horses to back in the Aintree ante post market

Conor takes a look at the Aintree Grand National ante post market.

Conor Creamer takes a look at the 2015 Aintree Grand National and picks out two horses to keep on side in the ante post market.

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The Grand National at Aintree is known to the wider public as THE horse race. A contest which brings the country to a standstill, where people come together to witness the traditional occasion and one in which earns bookmakers millions of pounds. 

This year’s renewal represents the last for 19-times Champion jockey AP McCoy who won the race aboard Don’t Push It in a memorable victory during 2010. He looks set to partner Shutthefrontdoor for Jonjo O’Neill on April 11th who is already the 8/1 ante-post favourite, though is certain to go off shorter on the day in what could possibly be his final ride. The 8-year old boasts solid credentials after winning the Irish National last April but I question how strong that form really is. His price is on the skinny side.

Paul Nicholls is a trainer who knows what it takes to produce a Grand National success and in ROCKY CREEK (11/1, Bet365) he has a strong chance to add a second Aintree success to his already illustrious achievements. The 9-year old ran with great credit 12 months ago when finishing 5th to Pineau De Re, he travelled and jumped like the winner before tiring up the run-in. 

He was trained last season for a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup after finishing second to Triolo D’alene in the Hennessey but a swift change of plan was implemented by connections as the National carrot dangled.


The Grand National is one of the most exciting races of the season.

This campaign he has been primed for the race and produced a commanding performance when demolishing the field in Kempton’s Betbright Chase last month. It was reported he had undergone a wind operation which saw him finish his race with more authority and thankfully the win was after the National weights had been released which makes Nicholls’ charge somewhat ahead of the handicapper. 

A return to Aintree on good spring ground will give Rocky Creek every chance of running another fantastic race. I expect him to be ridden with a bit more restraint to ensure he lasts home and at 12/1 he is still worth a bet for a horse I struggle to see out of the frame.

Another horse worth supporting at a bigger price is SPRING HEELED (20/1, Bet365) for Jim Culloty. The 8-year old won the Kim Muir at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival and has since been targeted for this prize. He showed great staying potential on that occasion in winning a race renowned for being gruelling, giving the impression that he has more to give.

Although his seasonal reappearance looked, on first glance, lacklustre it was just a pipe-opener to the challenge that waits at Aintree. Good ground is crucial to his claims and with the marathon trip possibly proving the ideal test for this son of Old Vic, he’s worth chancing at 20/1. 

Selections:

ROCKY CREEK (11/1, Bet365)

SPRING HEELED (20/1, Bet365)


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