With the 2020/21 National Hunt season drawing to its conclusion, punters are beginning to hunt for value in next season’s ante-post markets.
With selections already available for next season’s Grand National, our team have made their picks for the 2022 renewal.
Here are three runners to consider for the biggest steeplechase in the world.
Galvin (33/1 – Various)
An exciting individual with bags of staying ability, Galvin could push himself into the Grand National spotlight next season if he continues to combat the longer distances.
The gelding was patiently ridden by Jack Kennedy in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival before the jockey used his speed to his advantage in the final stages to land victory by a length and a half.
Now under the guidance of Ian Ferguson, the seven-year-old was due to race in the Scottish Grand National but his trainer opted out of giving him one more run before the end of the season.
Galvin will likely be stepped up in distance once again in the upcoming season, with a 33/1 price tag for the Grand National looking decent at this current stage.
Secret Reprieve (33/1 – Sky Bet + Betfred)
Evan Williams’ promising novice was extremely unfortunate not to make the cut for the Grand National this season, but he could make a tilt at the contest next season.
The seven-year-old showed his ability when landing success in the Welsh Grand National, cruising into the lead at two out and ending doubts on his stamina as he pulled clear to win by three lengths.
If Secret Reprieve can continue to show progress this season, 33/1 could well be a big price for this contest come April next year.
Run Wild Fred (50/1 – bet365)
Another novice with a bright future, Run Wild Fred has produced several big performances in large-field handicaps this season.
He could have won the latter had he jumped the final two fences better, but the seven-year-old should take that in his stride and improve further in the upcoming season.
Run Wild Fred has proven his versatility on all ground types and has time on his side, so it wouldn’t be a big surprise if he wasn’t aimed for the National.
But at 50/1, his price is tempting at this stage and Foster’s talent could well be targeted for the showpiece contest if he continues to perform well in large-field handicaps.