Grand National 2017 Tip - Definitly Red can outstay his rivals to win the Aintree showpiece on Saturday
The Grand National is still the race that captures the public’s imagination. A gruelling 4 miles 2 furlongs around Aintree’s huge fences is some sight to see, and everyone wants to back the winner.
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In recent years the Grand National has changed; shorter distance, modified fences, but we do see a better quality horses running as a consequence.
The Brian Ellison trained Definitly Red is a very strong candidate for this years spectacular. This eight year old is a second season Chaser. During his Novice campaign, he was highly tested, racing against some top class opposition and his runs against Black Hercules at Warwick and Blaklion at Wetherby were particularly impressive.
This year Definitly Red opened his account when winning at Carlisle. He finished a superb third behind Otago Trail, in Newcastle’s Rehearsal Chase, having been outpaced and then staying on well on the run in.
He then won the Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby over Christmas. That day he put Blaklion in his place, jumping well, and drew clear after the second last fence to win by 7 lengths.
His most recent performance at Doncaster (beating The Last Samuri) was his best run yet, sauntering clear and winning by a very decisive 14 lengths.
One concern about Definitly Red may be the going conditions; his best performances have come with some cut in the ground. That said, this could be offset against the longer trip in the Grand National.
He faces with some quality horses, namely old foes, The Last Samuri, Blaklion, Saphir Du Rheu and likely favourite, David Pipe’s Vieux Lion Rouge.
Despite the odd hiccup with his jumping (which has improved most recently), I can picture him being held up, running an even pace and then galloping past rivals and staying on and winning the race. At Grand National betting odds of 12/1 he looks a super bet.
ITV Racing will show the famous event this year for the first time, and the great race looks set to attract a new and wider audience.
The Grand National used to be run mid-afternoon in the past, but it’s slot at the Aintree Festival has now been pushed to early evening with a 5.15pm start.