Grand National 2012 preview, odds and free bets

The John Smith’s Grand National Chase takes place at 4:15pm on Saturday, with 40 runners and riders tackling the 4 mile 4 furlong course in a bid to etch their names into National Hunt folklore

Grand National 2012 Result – Click Here

No. Silks Horse Name Jockey Best Odds Bookmaker Free Bet
1    Synchronised  A P McCoy  9/1  bet365  £200
2    Ballabriggs  Jason Maguire  14/1  bet365  £200
3    Weird Al  Timmy Murphy  66/1  BetVictor  £100
4    Neptune Collonges  Daryl Jacob  40/1  Boylesports  £20
5    Calgary Bay  Domonic Elsworth  40/1  William Hill  Bet Now
6    Alfa Beat  D N Russell  66/1  Boylesports  £20
7    Planet Of Sound  Richard Johnson  33/1  Stan James  £10
8    Black Apalachi  Dennis O’Regan  40/1  bet365  £200
9    Deep Purple  Jamie Moore  100/1  bet365  £200
10    Junior  Tom Scudamore  16/1  bet365  £200
11    Chicago Grey  P Carberry  18/1  William Hill  Bet Now
12    Tatenen  Andrew Thornton  150/1  bet365  £200
13    Seabass  Ms K Walsh  12/1  Ladbrokes  Bet Now
14    Shakalakaboomboom  Barry Geraghty  16/1  bet365  £200
15    West End Rocker  Wayne Hutchinson  14/1  bet365  £200
16    According To Pete  Harry Haynes  33/1  Paddy Power  £20
17    On His Own  Ruby Walsh  20/1  Ladbrokes  Bet Now
18    Always Right  James Reveley  33/1  bet365  £200
19    Cappa Bleu  Paul Maloney  18/1  bet365  £200
20    Rare Bob  Bryan J Cooper  40/1  bet365  £200
21    Organisedconfusion  Miss N Carberry  20/1  bet365  £200
22    Treacle  A E Lynch  22/1  William Hill  Bet Now
23    The Midnight Club  P Townend  40/1  bet365  £200
24    Mon Mome  Aidan Coleman  66/1  bet365  £200
25    Arbor Supreme  M P Walsh  100/1  bet365  £200
26    Sunnyhillboy  Richie McLernon  16/1  bet365  £200
27    Killyglen  R M Power  20/1  bet365  £200
28    Quiscover Fontaine  D J Casey  66/1  bet365  £200
29    Tharawaat  B T O’Connell  200/1  bet365  £200
30    Becauseicouldntsee  D J Condon  22/1  bet365  £200
31    State Of Play  Noel Fehily  50/1  bet365  £200
32    Swing Bill  C O’Farrell  125/1  bet365  £200
33    Postmaster  Dougie Costello  150/1  bet365  £200
34    Giles Cross  Paddy Brennan  18/1  BetVictor  £100
35    Midnight Haze  Sean Quinlan  100/1  bet365  £200
36    Vic Venturi  Harry Skelton  80/1  bet365  £200
37    In Compliance  N P MAdden  150/1  bet365  £200
38    Viking Blond  Brian Hughes  125/1  bet365  £200
39    Hello Bud  Sam Twiston-Davies  100/1  bet365  £200
40    Neptune Equester  Felix De Giles  150/1  bet365  £200

Grand National Preview

The standard has never been higher when it comes to the renewal of this world famous race which will see a clutch of quality horses tackle the likes of Valentine’s, Foinavon and the infamous Becher’s Brook which has been modified in recent years to make it safer for the horses.

Synchronised will be a popular Grand National punt

The horse at the top of the weights is also the 2012 Grand National favourite and SYNCHRONISED will not only be carrying 11-10 on his back but also the expectations of many punters. The nine-year-old could go off as short as 6/1 although odds of 9/1 (Paddy Power) are currently available about the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner.

Synchronised is clearly a classy animal and AP McCoy on his back will attract more punters towards this horse, although this is a lot of weight for the Jonjo O’Neill-trained charge to be carrying on his back. No horse has won this race carrying this heavy load since Red Rum claimed a second victory in 1974.

Ballabriggs aiming to win back-to-back Nationals

There is also the small matter of 39 other horses lining up for this Aintree extravaganza and that includes BALLABRIGGS, the 2011 winner who has been lightly raced since that success twelve months ago. The 11-year-old has had just one outing this season and we can be pretty philosophical about a 4th placed finish at Kelso.

However, the Donald McCain charge will be carrying similar weight to Synchronised and it could pay to look further down the pecking order to find our 2012 National winner. TREACLE fits the profile in many ways and will have a stone less on his back, with odds of 22/1 (Bet365 free bets) currently available about the 11-year-old.

Ruby Walsh and Katie Walsh hope to keep it in the family

The Tom Taaffe horse ran a blinder when finishing second to Cross Appeal at Leopardstown in December and third to Quel Esprit in the Hennessy wasn’t too shabby either. Another Irish raider with decent claims is SEABASS who has won on his last seven outings and will be ridden by Katie Walsh, brother of Ruby.

The horse is unbeaten in over two years and can be backed at 22/1 (Stan James bookmaker) to win the Grand National, although it is clearly telling that Ruby Walsh has opted to ride something else and ON HIS OWN could be the subject of a big gamble leading up to the race.

The eight-year-old is trained by Willie Mullins and hacked up at Gowran Park in January when beating the field by 13 lengths. Further improvement from the 16/1 chance (William Hill) could see him among the first few home.

West End Rocker, Junior and Cappa Bleu among race favourites

There are lots of English horses in with a chance of success at the 2012 Grand National and that includes the talented WEST END ROCKER, with the Alan King stable looking to be in decent nick after the first day’s racing at Aintree. The ten-year-old won the Becher Handicap Chase in December and looks a tempting bet at 14/1.

David Pipe has won this race before with Comply or Die and now looks to do the same with JUNIOR, a horse that won the Kim Muir at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival but has subsequently disappointed and the nine-year-old was narrowly touched off in the Grimthorpe Chase.

We prefer the chances of CAPPA BLEU who is carrying a reasonable 10:10 on his back and hasn’t finished outside of the top three this season, winning at Haydock before solid third place finishes in the Welsh National and a three-mile chase at Ascot.

Lively outside chances for the Grand National

At odds of 25/1 (William Hill), SUNNYHILLBOY can just about be classed as an outsider, although there was everything to like about the nine-year-old’s victory in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival, with the Irish raider having previously won a hurdle race at Aintree in 2009.

THE MIDNIGHT CLUB was the 15/2 favourite to win the 2011 Grand National and managed to finish sixth under Ruby Walsh, with the 11-year-old being given five pounds left to carry this year, something which could make it a viable proposition at 40/1.

Then there is STATE OF PLAY, a horse that hasn’t been seen since finishing fourth in last year’s race and the Evan Williams-trained horse was previously third to Don’t Push It in 2010. At the age of 12, it could be his last chance of Grand National glory and odds of 50/1 look sound enough to us.

Switch to our mobile site