This weekend's Grand National is an even bigger deal than usual. With the sport's most extraordinary jockey, Tony McCoy, having announced that this will be his final season of racing, it's understandable that his last ever Grand National would attract plenty of attention.
He's said that if he wins the race tomorrow - which would only be the second time in his career if he did - he'll retire on the spot, but unfortunately we don't think that little bit of sporting magic is likely to take place. Shutthefrontdoor is the favourite for the race, backed down to the short odds by punters leading with their hearts, but to our eyes he's just not made for this circuit.
At the rate he's being backed there's a chance he'll go off at shorter odds even than Red Rum did in his best years, but there's no doubt Shutthefrontdoor prefers right handed to left handed tracks, and frankly lacks the experience needed to take the win.
If McCoy crosses the line first on Saturday afternoon it will cement the legend of a man who has already far surpassed everything we thought possible in this sport, but we suspect his grand finale is still a little way off yet.
So who, then, do we favour for a shot at victory? Were it not for the McCoy fever Rocky Creek would likely be the current favourite, and he's definitely a horse to watch for this one.
He ran to fifth last year, fading towards the end, but breathing problems were definitely a big issue that affected what remained a strong season. He's subsequently had a wind operation and took a strong win at Kempton last time out.
This time round he's 9lbs to the good, and if he takes the fences as well as he took them last year he's got to be a strong contender. The best place we've found to back him is at Ladbrokes, who are offering an excellent 10/1.
Our other two picks come further down the odds. Cause Of Causes is a strong young horse who has impressed in a lot of big races. He took the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham, and the four mile trip seemed ideal for him.
He has performed strongly against similarly ranked horses recently, including beating Thunder And Roses, who unseated his rider in their race but subsequently won the Irish National. Furthermore his stable is in form this week, with three winners so far.
We think he's worth a punt, especially over at Coral, who are offering him at an intriguing 18/1.
Finally, we think it's worth taking another look at Al Co. He had a hard time over these fences in December, but with his trainer Peter Bowen in better form now there's every chance we could see him recapture the exhilaration that saw him take an excellent Scottish National last April.
He's been aimed at this race ever since, and Bowen has form with National winners. If we put that unfortunate first run over the course down to the winter ground then tomorrow's appearance should be a dramatic step up.
On current form that would make Al Co a contender, especially on ground he favours. The best place to back him right now is 888Sport, who are offering a very tempting 25/1.