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2014 Grand National Preview

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!

Sunday Racing Roundup - Wincanton and Curragh

With the opening of the Irish flat racing season at the Curragh, Sunday promises some exciting times for punters.

Our first tip of the day, however, is at Wincanton, in the (take a deep breath) 32Red Free £10 Bonus Conditional Jockey's Handicap Hurdle.

We're just going to call it the 4:15, if that's alright with you?

Anyhow, we're hardly out on a limb here when we say we're backing Tiqris to take the laurels in this race that's only slightly longer than its official name.

He's by far the favourite everywhere - his best form has been over two miles but the extra four furlongs here shouldn't present him with any insurmountable challenges.

Most bookies have him odds on, but we managed to find him still at evens at Totesport.

Right then: heading across the Irish Sea to the Curragh, let's have a look at the much more succinctly titled 15:10 6f Extended Handicap.

Great Minds is currently heading up the odds as favourite, and we can see why. He gives the impression that he can come good in these sorts of big field races. He also benefits from a low weight, and his yard is known for running well around this time of year.

But we're not entirely convinced. His form isn't that spectacular, and he's been turned over by ostensibly far weaker horses in the past.

On top of all this his odds just aren't that enticing in a race as potentially open as this one.

Instead, we're looking a little further down the lineup at Sun On The Run.

Lightly raced and not without issues, Sun On The Run has struggled to hang on over longer distances. This six furlong race should suit the horse much better, and there's still plenty of promise hiding behind the mixed form.

The best odds are found at Coral, who are offering 10/1 for the win. However, we would also consider a visit to Paddy Power. Their odds are lower, at 8/1, but they're running a money back special where they refund single bets on horses that finish second or third.

We reckon Sun On The Run will be there or thereabouts, so why not take them up on that offer?

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