Victory For Clare's Derek O'Connor At 2018 Grand National Meeting

Victory For Clare's Derek O'Connor At 2018 Grand National Meeting

Katie Walsh, Bryony Frost and Rachael Blackmore all line up in the Randox Health Grand National on Saturday.

Read on as we take a look at the race and try to point you in the direction of the victor. He would be more tentative than fearless, which is exactly what you need because a courageous horse could land on top of it.

The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Blaklion finished fourth in the race behind One For Arthur previous year, but there are doubts about his stamina lasting out the marathon four-and-a-quarter mile distance.

The National always provides a stage for outsiders nonetheless, with Coo Star Sivola being well backed in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham over heavy ground, the conditions look to be in the 8 year-olds favour again at Aintree this weekend.

"Except for perhaps the bookies, everyone in the Borders will have their fingers crossed that seeyouatmidnight can repeat Scotland's success of previous year at the Grand National".

Who else is in the mix?

Walsh, who is still hoping to be back for the Punchestown Festival which starts on April 24, would have been riding Willie Mullins-trained Total Recall.

Horse and rider teamed up to good effect in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown in February, when sixth to Edwulf.

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The problem was the Grand National is 4 5/16 miles.

The only withdrawal at yesterday's final forfeit was Gold Present which give a run to Road To Riches.

Katie Walsh, sister of jockey Ruby, became the first female in Aintree history to make the frame in the National when third on Seabass in 2012, trained by her father Ted.

The seven-year-old has already proved popular in the betting, with punters latching on to what could prove to be the ideal combination for the race.

Approaching the four-mile mark of the 2017 Grand National, Blaklion had a commanding lead and looked every bit the victor of the famous race.

The nine-year-old, ridden by Nico de Boinville, was the second of three Grade One wins for Henderson on Thursday.

"He is enjoying a deserved retirement now after a brilliant career".

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