With last year’s event cancelled due to the imposing threat of COVID-19, the Grand National returns with a host of top-class jumping talent making the trip to Aintree.
With 90 horses currently holding entries, only 40 of them will make the descent over the famous Becher’s Brook, the Canal Turn and the Chair.
Ladbrokes Trophy winner Cloth Cap shot to the top of the betting on Saturday, after a hugely impressive win in the Listed bet365 Premier Chase.
Jonjo O’Neill’s talent was hovering around the 14/1 mark before the weekend, but his comfortable 7 ½ length victory at Kelso saw his price slashed as low as 5/1.
Welsh Grand National winner Secret Reprieve is likely to head to Aintree, with a trip to the Cheltenham Festival potentially on the cards as well.
Evan Williams’ newfound star gave the trainer his first success in his native National, and is currently the 16/1 second favourite to land the biggest National of them all.
Willie Mullins’ Burrows Saint also sits at second favourite at 16/1, with Becher Chase runner-up Kimberlite Candy joining the pair.
Ted Walsh will be aiming to land his first Grand National success since the days of Papillon with 20/1 chance Any Second Now. The nine-year-old landed victory on his last start on British soil, claiming the Kim Muir Handicap Chase at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.
2019 runner-up Magic Of Light will be hoping to produce another big race for Jessica Harrington at 25/1, while former Welsh and Midlands National winner Potters Corner sitting at the same price for Christian Williams.
Bobbyjo Chase winner Acapella Bourgeois will be joining the Willie Mullins front alongside Burrows Saint, currently holding odds of 33/1.
Sitting at the same price are two of the three top-weights, with last season’s Cross Country Chase winner Easysland and Gold Cup runner-up Santini both sitting at 11st 10lbs.
The other top-weight is three-time Betfair Chase winner Bristol De Mai, who holds a price tag of 40/1 for Nigel Twiston-Davies.
Grand National Trial winner Lord Du Mesnil holds the same odds, alongside the Mullins pair of Brahma Bull and Class Conti, the Gigginstown duo of Farclas and Milan Native and Paul Nolan’s Discorama.
2019 Gold Cup runner-up Anibale Fly is tagged at 50/1 for Tony Martin, while veteran Veux Lion Rouge makes his fifth run in the contest for David Pipe at the same price.
Henry De Bromhead’s trio of Balko Des Flos, Chris’s Dream and Minella Times sit at 50/1, as do Nicky Henderson’s duo of OK Corral and Pym.
Arguably one of the most versatile horses in the National Hunt sphere, The Storyteller holds an interesting price of 50/1, while stablemates Run Wild Fred and Shattered Love join him with the same odds.
With several exciting contenders taking on arguably the most difficult test ever created for horse and jockey, it could well be another classic Grand National in waiting.