Ante-post preview: 2019 Grand National
You don’t always have a strong view of the race on the day of the Grand National, never mind 12 months beforehand, but there have been some horses that have left the impression that they would be suited by the unique test in recent months.
Unsurprisingly, it is the defending champion Tiger Roll who currently heads the ante-post betting for the 2019 Grand National, and given the way he travelled through the race this year, he could well be up to going close off a revised mark next season, but odds of 20/1 don’t whet the appetite.
One horse we feel could make an impact next year is Ms Parfois. She has done nothing but progress in her first season over fences, winning three times – twice at listed level – and finishing runner-up on her last three starts, including in the Grade 1 Mildmay Novices' Chase at Aintree last time.
One of her best form displays this season came when second in the four-mile National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham last month, seeming to relish the marathon trip and coping well with the demanding fences, jumping fluently; her jumping and stamina are her biggest assets, two vital attributes when looking for a potential National horse.
Ms Parfois left the impression that she would have been suited by a sterner test when dropped back in trip in the Mildmay last time, staying on again once headed after the last, but still pulling clear of the remainder. She is entitled to progress again next season, and has the profile of a serious 2019 Grand National contender.
Mall Dini is another who has left the impression he would be suited by the demands of the Grand National this season. The 2016 Pertemps winner perhaps surprisingly remains a maiden over fences, but make no mistake, he is a smart performer and is in excellent hands.
He had seemingly been brought along with the Cheltenham Festival in mind this season, and ran a cracker to finish second in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase last month. He went in first-time blinkers that day, travelled powerfully throughout, and jumped fluently, just unable to catch the winner on the run-in.
It could be that he wants a stern test of stamina over fences, and given how well he jumps and travels, he strikes as the type that will be well suited by the Grand National.
Back Ms Parfois in the 2019 Grand National at 40/1
Back Mall Dini in the 2019 Grand National at 40/1
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