Ruby Walsh: My verdict on the top 15 in the Grand National betting

Racing top jockey runs the rule over the favourites in the field to claim the ultimate glory in Saturday’s spectacle at Aintree…


Total Recall (10/1): Total Recall was an impressive winner of the Munster National at Limerick in October and on two more on the bounce after that outing. His fall in the Cheltenham Gold Cup leaves a few question marks though, but he could be the winner in this race.

Anibale Fly (11/1): A winner in the Paddy Power Handicap Chase at Leopardstown, Anibale Fly ran a blinder at the Gold Cup to boot. He’s well in according to the handicapper.

Tiger Roll (12/1): Jumping is really key for Tiger Roll and Gordon Elliott. He’s very accurate and I hope he isn’t too accurate. Ground could be soft enough for him to land the big one.

Blaklion (12/1): Blaklion was brilliant in the Becher Handicap Chase, but his last run at Haydock was pretty ordinary. To me, he jumped very big and very deliberate and I’d like to see him. However, the jury’s very much out with me.

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Minella Rocco (14/1): Minella Rocco has undoubtable got class. He was second in the Gold Cup, but also has a definite liking for better ground.

The Last Samuri (14/1): Ran in last year’s race, so he has experience of the big obstacles. He was third in the Cross Country race in Cheltenham. The Last Samuri is an admirable horse, but surely there’s something better handicapped.

Seeyouatmidnight (16/1): Connections brought Seeyouatmidnight to Newbury for a run last week and they were happy with it. A decent individual in his day and ha has to be respected.

Baie Des Iles (16/1): She’s not much value at 16/1, maybe at 66s or 40/1. However, Baie Des Iles is in great form and she’s the one I’ll be cheering up with Katie on board.

Vicente (20/1): Vicente may be a former Scottish National winner, but he wants quicker ground. Don’t forget he was disappointing in Cheltenham on soft ground. He was well backed in last year’s race though.

Ucello Conti (20/1): He travelling really well when he unseated his rider in the Becher Handicap Chase last year. Ucello Conti’s a big player and likes the ground.

The Dutchman (25/1): Harry Cobden rides The Dutchman, I don’t think his form is good enough to win this big one though, and there has to be something better handicapped than him.

Pleasant Company (25/1): Pleasant Company was okay in last year’s race. I believe he’d want drier ground here and he probably came in in better form last year and didn’t collect.

I Just Know (25/1): He won one of those races in the Catterick, won 15 lengths. I Just Know was disappointing at Uttoxeter the last day, but his connections have won it in the past.

Captain Redbeard (25/1): Going on the ground as a factor, Captain Redbeard is a runner, but he’s an outsider in my mind.

Regal Encore (28/1): Ran well enough in last year’s National, but I don’t see where the improvement is for Regal Encore to win this year’s running.

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What do you think?