Posted April 4, 2014 by John Baintree in News

Who the experts think will win the Grand National 2014


2014 Spring is sprung and as the pollution lifts and the floodwater recedes it’s onto the first of the year’s great sporting events. The Aintree Grand National is due to be raced on Sat 5 April and as always the field attracts intense speculation and a huge amount of amateur betting.

Joe Schmo at home will always place a bet, most probably on the favourite because he knows no other choices but listen to the professional pundits and you may get a sly insight into who will cross the line first. What follows are the objective (OK not necessarily objective) tips of some of the industry’s best known commentators.

Oli Bell – Racing UKs presenter plumps for The Rainbow Hunter and gives his reason for choosing The Rainbow Hunter as being because he’s the horse’s co-owner. Well, he would say that wouldn’t he!

Gina Brice – At The Races Presenter picks Teaforthree because the horse has not had too many outings ahead of the Aintree race and also mentions that the horse jumped the notorious fences well in his 2012 National outing

Niall Cronin – the Evening Standard’s racing correspondent has spotted Big Shu saying it’s about time there was an Irish winner and also mentioning how well the horse did in recent outings at Cheltenham and Punchestown where he won the Cross Country Chase.

Chris Dixon – Racing UK pundit picks Rocky Creek who he maintains is a “progressive (?) and lightly raced horse” who should have no problems racing the length of the Aintree course.

Luke Harvey – BBC 5 Live reporter nominates Burton Port because he is exceptionally well handicapped for the Grand National. The horse ran well on his last outing, after a breathing operation and Harvey maintains that horses run better second time out after a breathing operation. Obvious isn’t it, I thought everybody knew that!

Frank Keogh – BBC Sport website racing reporter goes for The Package because he looks to be the best of the lightly weighted contenders.

Nick Luck (great name mate) – Channel Four racing presenter selects Last Time D’Albain because he ran well over these same fences for last year’s Topham Chase.

Cornelius Lysaght – BBC racing correspondent  goes for Balthazar King because “he’s got round in the past”. Well, that’ll be it then won’t it!

Now, with eight top of their game racing pundits, wouldn’t you expect to see a degree of consensus yet none seems to leap off this page. If you’re looking to make a bet, be really scientific about it, stick a pin in a list of names.