Three Big Challengers to Tiger Roll in the Grand National

Published 2020/03/09

‘Tiger Roll is vying to make history at the 2020 Grand National as no horse has been able to win the 4m2½f contest three years running. Gordon Elliott’s runner is back at Aintree following wins in the famous steeplechase in 2018 and 2019.

Here is a look at three big challengers to Tiger Roll this year, according to the bookmakers’ odds on the race.’

Any Second Now (12/1)

2019 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup winner Any Second Now has been running consistently well this season. He was successful on his last start at Naas in a Grade Three contest over 2m.

The bookmakers slashed his odds after that win in Ireland and as a result, Ted Walsh’s runner is now second-favourite at 12/1 behind Tiger Roll in the ante-post market.

Unlike Tiger Roll, who has an entry in the Cross Country Chase at the Festival, where he has odds of evens in the betting on 2020 Cheltenham, Any Second Now will head straight to Aintree for the Grand National.

The eight-year-old could be off a dangerous mark at the bottom end of the weights. His trainer also knows all about success in this race, as he was victorious in 2000 with Papillon who scored at odds of 10/1.

Burrows Saint (12/1)

Last season’s Irish Grand National winner Burrows Saint is set for his first shot at the Grand National next month. Willie Mullins’ runner will be one of the youngest horses in the race at the age of seven, but he is not short of experience over fences.

Burrows Saint can be backed at 12/1 to prevail in the marathon contest. His odds were cut after he won a hurdles contest at Punchestown on his last start where he looked in great shape.

Mullins is having another excellent campaign in Ireland and he has campaigned his horse for the Aintree contest this season. He remains open to improvement and is one stone better off than Tiger Roll in the weights for the race.

Burrows Saint is likely to be the horse that jockey Paul Townend chooses as he looks to win the Grand National for the first time in his career.

Bristol De Mai (20/1)

Bristol De Mai is 2lb behind Tiger Roll in the weights for the big race next month. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ runner is no doubt one of the best horses in the contest as he has been successful at Grade One level on more than once occasion.

The former Betfair Chase winner is 20/1 in the betting on the race on Merseyside. Those odds could get much shorter if he prevails in the Cheltenham Gold Cup at the Festival where he is given a big chance in the Cheltenham tips on the race.

The talented grey has never been over the bigger fences at Aintree. He has been seen as a Grand National horse for a number of years now though, so a big run can be expected from the nine-year-old.

It is sure to be a not-to-be-missed Grand National this year where a sell-out crowd is expected once again at the Merseyside racecourse for their biggest race on the National Hunt calendar.