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Three big-priced Grand National picks to consider

A consistent competitor, a Welsh National serial placer and a dual Graded winner make the list

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Yala Enki and jockey Bryony Frost clears a fence during the Coral Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase at Chepstow Racecourse.

With the weights now declared, the Grand National has become a little more clearer for punters.

Even with the field eventually being shortened to 40 runners, it is a well-known fact that picking out a winner for this race can be incredibly tough.

Here are three nicely-priced runners to consider for National Hunt’s showpiece event.

THE STORYTELLER (50/1)

A consistent performer over both hurdles and fences, The Storyteller makes his maiden bow at Aintree in what will be his toughest assignment yet.

The 10-year-old has been over both the smaller and larger obstacles this season, landing the Grade 1 Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal and finishing a respectable second in the Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle and the Irish Gold Cup.

The Storyteller won a Grade One over fences this season and may head to the Grand National after a tilt at the Stayers’ Hurdle in March

The gelding does currently hold an entry in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, which is considered to be an unusual route to prepare for a race like the Grand National.

Nevertheless, The Storyteller has been equally impressive over fences as well as hurdles this season. If he can continue to be the versatile runner that he is, then he could be one to watch at a big price in this contest.

YALA ENKI (50/1)

Another runner with plenty of consistency across the board, Yala Enki could be a contender of real interest – if Paul Nicholls convinces his owners to let him run.

The 11-year-old has placed third in the last three renewals of the Welsh Grand National and has good form over the longer distances.

Paul Nicholls won his only Grand National as a trainer back in 2012, courtesy of Neptune Collonges

He did suffer a fall over the famous fences of Aintree in the Becher Chase in December, but he bounced back with a strong performance at Chepstow before landing the Portman Cup at Taunton two weeks later.

Yala Enki is a very enticing mark and with Nicholls wanting him to run in this, it is a very clear message that he could be good enough to win this.

At 50/1, there is a very convincing case to back the 11-year-old each-way – if the owners can be persuaded to run him in this contest.

JETT (80/1)

Trainer Jessica Harrington did nearly land a fairytale victory in 2019 with her first-ever entry in the contest when Magic Of Light finished second behind Tiger Roll.

Even with the experience of only one runner in the race, the Irish trainer seems to have a good understanding of what is needed for the contest.

jessica harrington was denied a national winner with her first ever runner as the legendary tiger roll saw off magic of light back in 2019 [racing tv]

Step forward Jett.

The 10-year-old has had experience over the Aintree fences, finishing eighth in the Becher Chase back in December.

The gelding’s form does not jump off the page, but he did land the Grade 3 Irish Daily Star Chase at Punchestown back in October 2019 as the 22/1 outsider.

However, he was poor on his last outing, finishing 12th in a 14-runner field.

If Jett can put his recent run at Leopardstown behind him, then he could well be worth some each-way value here at 80/1.

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