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Monday, 31 March 2014 21:57

The 2014 Grand National draws near

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The Crabbie’s Grand National is a one million pound, four and half mile handicap chase run.

The runners are all allocated different weights which are based on the their previous form and intended to make the race more competitive, which theoretically should make for a more interesting viewing and betting proposition. So far there have been eight non-runners, with Godsmejudge and Katenko unfortunately included in this listing. Sixty five Grand National entries remain, with a maximum of 40 to run the course. The rest of the non runners are Mossey Joe, Sunnyhillboy, Bog Warrior, Same Difference, Roi Du Mee, and Goulanes.

The horses that head the betting so far are Teaforthree, Tidal Bay (top weight), Long Run (the winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2011) and Monbeg Dude.The Irish bookmaker Paddypower, has seen a lot of money go on the favourite Teaforthree, as the price fell from 16/1 to 8/1. For those punters looking for more value, Burton Port and Double Seven have both been cut from 50/1 to 20/1. Teaforthree is trained by Rebecca Curtis in Wales. Long Run is ridden by amatuer jockey Sam Waley-Cohen and is trained by Nicky Henderson. Henderson has won top races like the Hennessy Gold Cup and the King George VI Chase, and for sure is looking to add the Aintree Grand National to his achievements.

The Irish will have their hopes pinned on Willie Mullins trained Prince De Beauchene, priced 16/1 at Paddypower. JP mcManus will also have Double Seven and Colbert Station running, and AP McCoy will have to choose wisely. Tidal will be ridden by 21 year old Sam Twiston-Davies, and he will be hoping to riding the oldest winner since Sergeant Murphy in 1923!

Paddypower are paying out on FIVE places on this race, so register now and place your bets now!