The buildup to this year's Grand National meeting is well underway, and the excitement is definitely rising.
Eight horses dropped out today but the iconic race remains oversubscribed with sixty-five entries, of which just forty will be allowed to run.
If the race remains oversubscribed on the day the lowest rated horses will be balloted out, so it's advisable to wait to find out who will actually be running before you stake your house on that 100/1 long shot. Even fan favourites and possible contenders might lose their spot if they aren't rated among the top forty horses.
If you insist on placing your money before the runners are officially announced, make sure you take advantage of the No Runner No Bet offers being made available, for example at BetFred.
With less than a week to go, then, certain horses will absolutely be running, so here's our rundown of the current favourites.
Teaforthree is by far the favourite at the moment, and no doubt this millstone will remain around the poor nag's neck throughout the race.
We're not entirely convinced that he's the class of the field, either. He's run very strongly in the past but his form since running to third in this race last year has been mixed.
Despite this he's clearly the people's favourite right now, and while he's 8/1 almost everywhere you can still pick him up at 9/1 at Skybet.
Behind Teaforthree there's a small group of horses whose odds keep changing even as we speak.
Long Run, Tidal Bay, Monbeg Dude, and Balthazar King are all potential condenders in this race of attrition, and it's hard to say which of them is more likely to come up trumps.
That said, our money is going two ways here. Firstly, we like Tidal Bay and think he has what it takes to win. He's impressed us before in tough races, and we think Ladbrokes offer of 14/1 is very reasonable indeed.
Secondly, we really fancy the each way odds on Balthazar King. He's another strong runner who has as good a chance as any of taking the win, but we think he'll be there at the finish come what may.
With place odds at a quarter of those for the win, and going down as far as fifth, we think he's a snip at Paddy Power at 5/1 each way.
Whether you're convinced by our arguments, or you're just going to try the age-old "stick a pin in the list" technique to choose your winner, we hope you've found something helpful here!