Grand National weather forecast and going for today’s big race at Aintree

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They say anything can happen in the Grand National but it’s only sensible to assess the going and weather before backing a horse.

If the ground dries out, you might not want your money on a mudlark…

You know what, we like to think we’re helpful folks here at Paddy Power News so we’ve done the meteorological research for you.

You’ll find the latest weather forecast and details of the track conditions at Aintree below.

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What’s the going at Aintree Racecourse?

The latest report taken on Saturday, April 9 has the official going at Aintree as Good to Soft on the Grand National course. There are five races on today’s card before the Grand National at 5.15pm so track conditions are worth keeping an eye on through the afternoon’s action. The official going is Good to Soft, Good (in places) on the Mildmay Course.

What’s the latest weather forecast for Grand National day?

If you’re heading to Aintree then you might want to wrap up warm as the mercury is set to reach only 9C through the afternoon and during the Grand National. You can put the brolly away, though, as the rain is not expected to fall with sunny intervals and a moderate breeze being forecast by the weather boffins.

Who are our pundits backing in the Grand National?

Matt Chapman: ANY SECOND NOW was a very unlucky third in the 2021 National when badly hampered at the 12th fence. You have to think he would have gone close to winning without that mishap. Escaria Ten and Longhouse Poet are also fancied.

Mick Fitzgerald: FIDDLERONTHEROOF gets the nod for me but needs to travel and jump better than he did at Ascot. Any Second Now was our fancy last year and he ran a a good race. Longhouse Poet and Delta Work could round out the first four.

Frank Hickey: MIGHTY THUNDER won the Scottish National last year and if the wind op works, he’s a great price. Fortescue is also worth a shout. Discorama and Top Ville Ben are two at long odds.

Timeform: ANY SECOND NOW ran a screamer without much going his way in last year’s National, catching the eye with a big move late on having had little luck in-running. Clearly saved for this, he warmed up with a pleasing win in a good time from 3 of today’s rivals at Fairyhouse 6 weeks ago and can give Ireland their fifth victory in the last 6 renewals. Gordon Elliott holds a mighty hand, Delta Work and Death Duty particularly strong. Last year’s winner Minella Times may have his work cut out.

Ruby Walsh: ANY SECOND NOW is my main pick for the big one. He was unlucky last year but did well to finish third. Longhouse Poet, Delta Work and Fiddlerontheroof have claims too.

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