Grand National tips: Paddy’s pundits name the horses to put on your Aintree shortlist

The lads think these lot are worth keeping an eye on for Aintree.

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The world’s greatest steeplechase is less than two months away and it’s fair to say that Grand National fever is catching on here at Paddy Power.

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Our holy trinity of tipsters – Ruby Walsh, Frank Hickey and Rory Delargy – have fired out the horses that they think are worth adding to your shortlist ahead of April’s Aintree extravaganza.

Rory Delargy:

“I’ve been sweet on Discorama for a while, ever since he started going chasing. He disappointed at Cheltenham in November 2020 when strongly fancied and the next race was the Grand National but you don’t come back from that kind of lay off. He ran really well for a long way but you’ve got be very fit for the Grand National. The only horse who’s won after more than 50 days off in the last half century is One For Arthur. Discorama will hopefully get in with a lowish weight and he’s got the right kind of profile – plenty of experience without having punishing seasons over the years.”

Frank Hickey:

Enjoy D’allen has only come on my radar for the Grand National this year. I thought he ran really well in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas. He looked a bit slow in the Paddy Power Handicap Hurdle at this month’s Dublin Racing Festival even though it was three miles and he was off a low mark he was staying on for fifth. He’s really going to be suited by the test.

Escaria Ten shaped far better than his final position in the Thyestes Chase. He travelled into it nicely and it was just the lack of a run told. He’ll definitely be on my shortlist.

Longhouse Poet is trying to follow in the footsteps of Numbersixvalverde, who won the Thyestes and Grand National. I was sick because I’d done some antepost money on him between the National Hunt Chase and the Irish Grand National last year and, of course, I didn’t back him for the Thyestes because I thought he was disappointing at Limerick. Of course, he goes and bolts up but he’ll back on my shortlist for the Grand National.”

Ruby Walsh:

Noble Yeats is catching the eye of late beating Gabynako in a Beginners Chase at Galway and was second to Ahoy Senor at Wetherby last time. I will be shouting for my dad’s horse Any Second Now, although he’s up 7lbs from last year when third.

Franco De Port was second in Thyestes and could be a player. He made a mistake at the second last before Longhouse Poet beat him so he’s of interest. If he can get back to form, Eklat De Rire could be a big runner. The form he showed when beating School Boy Hours and Escaria 10 last season is rock solid.”

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