Grand National Tips: 50-1 and 20-1 shots worth backing for Aintree showpiece as weights revealed with latest odds

THE WEIGHTS are out, the bookies have priced 'em up and we're less than two months away.

So why not get stuck into the markets for the Randox Grand National?

Paddy Power and Betfair have both been kind enough to go no-runner, no bet in their antepost markets.

And a pair of 50-1 and 20-1 shots look worth chancing at this stage.


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First up is Nigel Twiston-Davies' Ballyoptic at a huge 50-1.

Last year he was having a season to remember before racing was halted by the pandemic.

He was due to head to Aintree as one of the most fancied runners of the home team before the race was canned.

Things haven't gone quite to plan this campaign, but as a result he's dropped down the weights quite nicely.

The yard fancied him to go very well in the National last season and he's regularly carried big weights to win over stamina-sapping trips.

Hopefully the ground isn't too quick for him, and why he is getting on now and has to buck a few trends, at 50-1 he's double his price from last season and well worth taking a swing on.

Trainer thoughts

Nigel Twiston-Davies on Ballyoptic

"He has not had the best of seasons, but he has now come down the weights a little bit which is good. The plan is to run him at the weekend where he holds entries at Ascot in the race he won last year and the Rendlesham Hurdle at Haydock.

"He fell at the fourth last in the race in 2019 when he was going well and he has jumped around there fine since. We know that he stays forever and he has a good weight.

"He ran a really good race last time in the Classic Chase. He wasn’t beaten that far and he was right among them so he is starting to come back to form."

At a shorter price, but one still well worth getting involved with is Evan Williams' Secret Reprieve at 20-1.

He won the Welsh National with relative ease last time out and looks tailor-made for these valuable staying chases.

He's been put up another 10lbs to 144 for that, but is firmly on the up and connections must reckon they're still a step ahead of the handicapper.

He lacks the experience you want for a National horse and has never raced at Aintree, but the test on Merseyside isn't quite what it used to be anyway.

This race is the target and connections aren't tempted by Cheltenham or the like. He has a huge chance if jumping cleanly.

Grand National Tips

Secret Reprieve 20-1

Ballyoptic 50-1



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