Big Laois Interest In Aintree Grand National

Charlotte Budd

Charlotte Budd

With a jam-packed 2018 ahead, Gabby couldn't wait to get into the thick of the Ladies Day action and choose her victor and she reveals why her Grand National Saturday outfit didn't quite go to plan.

Blaklion and Tiger Roll are the current 10/1 favourites for the National, although history suggests it may pay to look elsewhere for the victor.

Gordon Elliott will aim to cap an unbelievable season with Tiger Roll, Ucello Conti and the 13-year-old Bless The Wings.

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The problem was the Grand National is 4 5/16 miles.

While Cause of Causes went on to finish second behind One For Arthur in the Grand National a year ago after winning at Cheltenham.

Irish-trained runners have been popular with early bettors. Minella Rocco, who was third in the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup, but fell in his last start in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown on February 4, is the 164-pound highweight, and will carry one more pound than Blaklion.

Mullins' team also includes Pleasant Company who was going menacingly well when all but coming to a standstill with a mistake at Valentine's Brook on the second circuit in 2017.

The champion trainer has never won the UK's showpiece steeplechase and he has suffered nine-first fence departures in the National.

Katie Walsh, sister of jockey Ruby, became the first female in Aintree history to make the frame in the National when third on Seabass in 2012, trained by her father Ted.

He is not the only teenager in the race, though, as fellow 13-year-old Raz De Maree will try to supplement the Welsh National he won in January when he was ridden by James Bowen.

Amazon's virtual assistant has been programmed to respond to a host of questions about the Grand National ahead of this year's event on Saturday. This normally sound jumper is fancied to add another major race to his tally on Saturday.

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