Paddy’s Pick 5 tips: Who our podcast pundits are backing for 50k Grand National special

Our experts are on hand to pick the first five home in the big one.


The Grand National takes centre stage at Aintree on Saturday at 5:15pm and we’ve got a special edition of Paddy’s Pick 5 game to mark the occasion!

It’s FREE to enter and Paddy has dug deep to put a £/€50k jackpot on the line.

Instead of our usual five races to pick from, it’s all on the Grand National.

To be in with a chance of winning you’ll need pick the first five horses home to bag the £/€50k jackpot for yourself or split it with any other winners. Easy as that!

You don’t need to name them in the correct order – just the first five to get themselves past the post.

Now, let’s see what our pundits think will happen in the race.

We asked Paddy Power horse racing trader Ryan McCue, 2006 Grand National-winning jockey Slippers Madden and racing royalty Nina Carberry for their five over the finish line in our latest Punters Panel From The Horse’s Mouth Podcast special, which you can listen to in full on the snazzy link below.

Ryan McCue

Ain’t That A Shame has a good profile. Henry de Bromhead won it with Minella Times a couple of seasons ago and he’s got a similar profile. He’s only had 10 starts in his career and is the most interesting to me.

Longhouse Poet was one that ran in the race last year. He jumped well but was ridden too aggressively. If they ride him more patiently he’ll run well.

Delta Work was third in the race last year off a pound higher. He’s sure to go well.

Corach Rambler and Dunboyne were the last two in the five.

Nina Carberry

I’d love Any Second Now to go one better than last year. He’s done it every year finishing third and second but the handicapper hasn’t been kind to him this year. It’ll be hard but he’ll be in the first five.

Delta Work will be bang there again. He’s a pound better and he’s in great form after winning the Cross Country Chase.

Longhouse Poet should be there as well. Noble Yeats is an out-and-out stayer and he should be in amongst it as well but they all have to jump so many fences.

Lifetime Ambition could run a nice race as well.

Niall ‘Slippers’ Madden

I do fancy Corach Rambler. He was good at Cheltenham and he’s off a nice weight. The jockey and trainer have won it before.

Noble Yeats ran a cracking race in the Gold Cup, he’s an out-and-out stayer, jumps really well and is trying to retain his title.

Any Second Now is in great form and we know he jumps well and stays and is in great form. He has a massive chance.

Davy Russell is coming back to ride Galvin and the race will really suit him. He jumps really well and ran a cracker behind Delta Work at Cheltenham. He’ll have a big chance as well.

I won it for Martin Brassil so I have a soft spot for his horse Longhouse Poet. He was ridden a little too forward the last time, he jumps well and will be dropped in a little bit so hopefully he will be in the first five.


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