Who will win the 2023 Grand National?By Timeform, Friday 14 April Read the Timeform Analyst Verdict for the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, plus find out who other experts in the team fancy.
Delta Work was ultimately beaten more than 20 lengths behind Noble Yeats and Any Second Now when third in last season's Grand National, but he ran much better than that result would suggest, paying the price for a big effort to get back in contention after a couple of early mistakes left him on the back foot.
Delta Work meets the first two from last year on much better terms and he arrives here in good form having retained his Cross Country Chase crown at the Cheltenham Festival last month, proving game to beat stablemate Galvin who he meets on 7 lb better terms here.
Corach Rambler posted a career-best effort when winning the Ultima Handicap Chase for the second year in a row at the Cheltenham Festival last month, winning with much more in hand than the margin of a neck would suggest after idling badly once in the lead.
The way he quickened to hit the front was striking and he could still be capable of better over fences, so he is clearly well treated off the same mark here.
Le Milos scored in style at Bangor on his first start for Dan Skelton in November and then followed up in the competitive Coral Gold Cup at Newbury a couple of weeks later, showing a willing attitude to land a race which has proved to be very strong form.
He was beaten on his Grand National prep run at Kelso last month, but he would have won had his effort been delayed a bit longer, and his good jumping and high cruising speed mark him out as one who should take well to this test.
Timeform Analyst Verdict
Delta Work can give Gordon Elliott a fourth Grand National victory. He's been extremely strong at the finish when winning the Cross Country Chase for the last 2 years, the same race Tiger Roll landed before taking this in 2018 and 2019 for connections, and he gave a great account of himself when third off 1 lb higher 12 months ago. Corach Rambler is another dual Cheltenham Festival winner who ticks plenty of boxes for the 2017-winning yard. Le Milos and Vanillier complete the shortlist.
And predictions from experts in the Timeform team
1. Corach Rambler
3. Any Second Now
4. Delta Work
5. Gabbys Cross
1. Ain't That A Shame
4. Diol Ker
5. Corach Rambler
2. Delta Work
4. Lifetime Ambition
5. Diol Ker
1. Delta Work
2. Le Milos
4. Noble Yeats
5. Any Second Now
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