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Grand National 2018 Tips

The best expert tips for the 2018 Grand National at Aintree

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Strong stayer who won the Midlands National at Uttoxeter in 2016/17 and made winning return in heavy-ground handicap at Haydock in November. Has been pulled up in the Welsh National and Eider Chase at Newcastle both starts since, though, and has a career-high mark here.

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Strong stayer who won the Midlands National at Uttoxeter in 2016/17 and made winning return in heavy-ground handicap at Haydock in November. Has been pulled up in the Welsh National and Eider Chase at Newcastle both starts since, though, and has a career-high mark here.

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Nick Seddon

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13 Apr 2018
Seeyouatmidnight

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Big things have long been expected of Seeyouatmidnight, and he arrives here as one of the better handicapped runners in the field. Injuries have prevented him from being a regular on the track over the last couple of seasons, but when we have seen him he’s shown smart form, including when finishing an excellent third as a novice in the 2016 Scottish National – which at the very least shows he has an aptitude for large-field marathons.

Seeyouatmidnight returned the following season to defeat the top-class Bristol de Mai in a match race at Carlisle, and, considering that he was well backed when disappointing in the Betfair Chase in his next start, you get the feeling that this is his window of opportunity at the weights. There was a lot to like about his reappearance run at Newbury three weeks ago, and he looks to have fantastic claims in a race which has been on the agenda for him for some time.

Nick Seddon 2018 Grand National Tip: Seeyouatmidnight

Graeme North

Timefigure Expert
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12 Apr 2018
Milansbar

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One horse that has a good record in well-run marathon events - indeed, he has recorded timefigures of 142 and 137 in two of his last three races, right up there with his 143 rating - is Milansbar. He has yet to run at Aintree but that could well be viewed as a good thing given the recent record horses have in the National that have failed or failed to complete in the race before. He’s a sound jumper with bottomless stamina and acts well on very soft ground, assets that might all be required given the race-day forecast for Saturday.

Indeed, since being fitted with blinkers Milansbar has looked a reformed character and is reunited with Bryony Frost whose ratio of falls to rides over fences is far lower than the average jockey and who got him jumping flawlessly at Warwick. Neil King’s eleven-year-old ticks a lot of boxes and makes substantial each-way appeal at around 33-1.

Graeme North 2018 Grand National Tip: Milansbar

Rory King

Racing Analyst
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6 Apr 2018
Warriors Tale

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Warriors Tale has largely been campaigned up to three miles and has sometimes looked something of a weak finisher in the past – hardly ideal for the Grand National – but he’s been better since fitted with a tongue strap midway through last season, and he’s shaped on his last couple of runs like he’s had more in the tank at the end, just denied the opportunity to fully show it (hindered by a loose horse at Newbury and claimed too late to give him time to respond at Doncaster).

Both those runs have been career best performances anyway (as have four of his last six if you extend that back to last season) so he’s on an upward curve, and really impressed with how he jumped at two of the stiffest jumping tests in the country. It’s easy to see him getting into a good rhythm and giving himself the opportunity to last out (and stamina almost always has to be taken on trust to some degree in the National).

Rory King 2018 Grand National Tip: Warriors Tale

Jamie Lynch

Chief Correspondent
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28 Mar 2018
Ucello Conti

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and then try again. Ucello Conti’s first two tries in the Grand National were uplifting and unlucky in equal measure, looking a natural on the course by and large but the master of his own downfall in 2016 (faded into six after bad mistake) and the victim in 2017, hampered and unseating at the twenty-second fence, when a looming presence.

Something wasn’t right with him (pulled up) when last seen in January in the Thyestes Chase, in which he’d been placed the previous two years prior to Aintree, but it’s easier to give him a pass for that when he ran the race of his life in the Paddy Power Chase on his comeback the month before, second only to Anibale Fly, whose third in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham acted as a big advertisement for Ucello Conti. Back at Aintree, off the same handicap mark as his last two attempts, all that Ucello Conti needs is a little luck, or a little less bad luck than last year.

Jamie Lynch 2018 Grand National Tip: Ucello Conti

John Ingles

Features Writer
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27 Mar 2018
Total Recall

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While Total Recall’s Gold Cup run ended in a fall, he was in the process of running another good race when coming down three out, keeping on at the time, and may well have finished just behind Anibale Fly had he completed. Total Recall has done nothing but improve since joining Willie Mullins this season, his three wins prior to the Gold Cup including the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury where he had Regal Encore (eighth in last year’s National) back in third.

The Grand National has been Total Recall’s target for much of the season, and he must have excellent prospects of providing his trainer with another winner of the race to go with Hedgehunter in 2005. Hedgehunter, incidentally, was second in the Gold Cup prior to finishing runner-up in the following year’s National.

John Ingles 2018 Grand National Tip: Total Recall

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Grand National Tips

Free tips for the 2018 Grand National which will take place at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, on Saturday 14th April 2018. Grand National Tips from the stable of Horse Racing tipsters on Timeform. Our Random Grand National Winner Generator is a Predictor tool that helps people make up their mind which horse to back, or you can read Grand National tips and predictions for the live ITV Races Tips and both our Antepost Tips for the Grand National as well as our free Daily Horse Racing Tips for all three days of Aintree’s Grand National Festival from the stable of horse racing tipsters and pundits at Timeform.

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