A Long Shot For The Grand National: Final Nudge Could Prove Best Of The Rank Outsiders In The Grand National

During the last nine years both Mon Mome and Auroras Encore went on to win the Grand National after being available at 100-1 on the day of the race. Off a light weight and with the necessary stamina Final Nudge could prove best of the rank outsiders in Saturday’s race.
At 66/1 a £10 bet would return £670

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore proved when easily winning the 2013 Grand National that any horse with the ability to stay extreme distances and with a light weight on their back has to be taken seriously when contesting the great race. One horse who ticks both of those boxes and is available at 66-1 for the £1 million marathon is the David Dennis-trained Final Nudge who can outrun his huge odds by proving best of the rank outsiders on Saturday.

With the big fences less intimidating since changes were rightly made in an effort to make the race safer, jumping ability is not as important as was the case in years gone by with stamina by far and away the most important factor when trying to unravel the Grand National puzzle. With a c.v. that includes a staying-on third in this season’s Welsh Grand National and a featherweight of 10st 5lb to carry Final Nudge looks overpriced at the 66-1 quoted by Ladbrokes and William Hill.

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The nine-year-old was running a big race in second place when falling four-out in last year’s Midlands Grand National over an extended 4m 1f at Uttoxeter, since when the son of Kayf Tara found only Present Man a head too good in Wincanton’s valuable Badger Ales Trophy in November. Despite only finishing ninth in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival on his most recent start the gelding had to shoulder 11st 10lb at Prestbury Park and will be much better suited off a low weight in a better race.

Final Nudge’s six victories over fences and hurdles have come of ground described as soft or heavy so forecast conditions at Aintree should prove ideal for the horse who could be the mount of top jockey Aidan Coleman.

Final Nudge - 66-1 Ladbrokes ( 5 places )

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