Racing season is starting to reach fever pitch. The Cheltenham Festival has just delighted fans across the UK, the Irish Grand National will take place on 10th April and just five days later, on 15th April, arguably the biggest race in the country – and one of the biggest in the world will be hitting our screens as some of the best runners from the UK, Ireland and even further afield will look to be crowned Grand National 2023 champion.
Starting out with 85 possible runners, it will then be whittled down to the final 40 who will all be there at the starting line on 15th April at 5.15pm.
If you are one of the millions looking for the best Grand National betting & odds, then here are the stand out runners who are expected to do well in the race.
The horse that stands out from the rest and that all eyes will be looking at when the race starts is Noble Yeats, who goes into the Aintree race as one of the firm favourites.
The horse, ridden by Sam Waley-Cohen, won the 2022 renewal, as the jockey rode his last ever race before he retired. Despite being priced at 50/1, he defied all odds.
This year, Noble Yeats will be carrying 11-11 and is priced as the joint-favourite along with Corach Rambler, trained by Lucinda Russell.
Other names that are being thrown into the mix include Gaillard Du Mesnil, Mr Incredible and Delta Work.
The Grand National 2023 Weights and Odds
At the time of writing, these are the favourites in terms of betting odds:
- Noble Yeats and Corach Rambler
- Delta Work, Mr Incredible and Gaillard Du Mesnil
- Any Second Now, Longhouse Poet and Galvin
- Ain’t Tha A Shame, Capodanno, Le Milos, Conflated, the Big Dog, Lifetime Ambition and Vanillier
In terms of the weights, these were confirmed at the beginning of March, just ahead of the Cheltenham Festival – which had a big impact on the prices.
For example, Corach Rambler who was originally priced at 16/1 was given a weight of 10st 5lb and the odds dropped down to 12/1.Then after winning in the Ultima on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, he’s been dropped down even further to 8/1.
Despite this, there are some question marks over his staying capability – as this race is quite a big step up.
Then we have Any Second Now, who is carrying one of the heaviest loads – at 11 stone 12 lbs…4 lbs higher than last year. The horse, owned by JP McManus, managed second place to Noble Yeats last year despite being the 15/2 favourite.
Noble Yeats and Any Second Now finished well in front of the rest of the racers – and the third placed horse, Delta Work finished a good 20 lengths behind the two.
Delta Work goes into the race as a ten-year-old and will be carrying 11st 4lb, which is 5lbs lighter than in 2022, which means he has a pretty solid chance given his impressive win at the Cheltenham Festival Cross Country Chase.
An outsider worth a look is Eva’s Oskar who made the cut after the second scratchings deadline. Trained by Tim Vaughan, the 9-year-old will have plenty of fans, not least because he is one of the few grey horses running in the race.
Aside from this, he was 4th last time out in the Eider Handicap Chase at Newcastle, a race that is run over 4m1f, almost the same distance as the 2023 Grand National. This is arunner that can go the distance and with one of the lowest weights in the race will have a huge advantage over others in the field.
He may not win it, but with antepost odds of 66/1, he is definitely worth considering for the each-way bet.