Friday’s big race of the Grand National meeting (3.25pm) is full of stars this year – and a race you just have to have a bet win, lose or draw.
Read our analysis of all the runners and our tip for the race below.
Al Ferof 13/2
His trainer Paul Nicholls is in great form but the flat out nature of Aintree might put too much pressure on his charge’s jumping.
Balder Succes 8/1
Won his only course-start over 2-miles, and had won his last four starts over this sort of trip prior to last month’s Ryan Air Chase at Cheltenham where he finished 7th. However, he’s never run well there and could be the value as he’s the youngest runner at just 7-years-old.
Champagne Fever 10/3
Might have won last month’s Champion Chase if he hadn’t had to withdraw due to being bitten by a stable-mate. Likes to lead in his races, though, which might not be easy with Cue Card in the field.
Croco Bay 66/1
Cue Card 15/2
Not been as good this season after returning from injury but could be rejuvenated by a breathing operation – and certainly has the class to win.
Don Cossack 4/1
A revelation this season for inform trainer Gordon Elliot and looked to have the measure of Champagne Fever when that one fell when they clashed earlier in the season. May well have won the Ryan Air had he not been interfered with and has every chance.
John’s Spirit 20/1
Seems to prefer Cheltenham in the autumn – and hard to fancy on recent form.
Simply Ned 20/1
Tries the trip for the first time over fences, but was beaten 4 lengths by Balder Succes when the two met here as novices.
Tries a new trip after being deposed as Champion Chaser. There’s no reason to think he won’t get it but quick ground three losing runs at Aintree temper enthusiasm.
Wishful Thinking 40/1
Run some great races at Aintree but the 12-year-old will surely succumb to younger legs.
The trip, track and ground all look ideal for Balder Succes and he looks solid each-way value against some better fancied opposition.
Balder Succes 2 points each-way @ 8/1