Grand National 2018: Anibale Fly to win and Carlingford Lough (each way) tipped to give JP McManus a great day at Aintree

AP McCoycut

JP McManus won the 2010 Grand National with Don’t Push It, seen here crossing the line under AP McCoy. Pic: Dan Abraham, Racingfotos.com (Courtesy of Great British Racing).

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ANIBALE FLY is taken to improve on his fine third place in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup and land the £1million Randox Health Grand National at 5.15pm on Saturday.

The Tony Martin-trained eight-year-old ran on well to belie odds of 33-1 to finish third behind Native River and Might Bite in Cheltenham’s Blue Riband event and is now challenging for favouritism for the National at 11-1.

The big field in the National should pose no problems for the JP McManus-owned gelding who beat 27 rivals in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown in late December, where he stayed on well before drawing clear in the extended three mile contest.

Anibale Fly fell at his next start when travelling well, two fences from home in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown in February and was clearly none the worse for the mishap when impressing at Cheltenham.

The biggest danger may be another McManus-owned runner, the John Kiely-trained Carlingford Lough who looks a great each way bet at odds of 50-1.

Carlingford Lough, a multiple Grade 1 winner, has been out of form of late but a return to anywhere near his best would give him a tremendous chance of finishing in the money in the World’s greatest steeplechase.

The Randox Health Grand National declared runners 2018

Grade 3 handicap chase, £1 million total prize fund. Aintree, 5.15pm Saturday, April 14, 2018. 4m 2f 74yds
Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.

 

Horse

Age

Wgt

Trainer

Jockey

1)

MINELLA ROCCO

THUNDER AND ROSES

8

10

11-10

10-05

Jonjo O’Neill

Mouse Morris

Noel Fehily

JJ Slevin

2)

BLAKLION

9

11-09

Nigel Twiston-Davies

Sam Twiston-Davies

3)

ANIBALE FLY

8

11-07

Tony Martin IRE

Barry Geraghty

4)

THE LAST SAMURI

10

11-07

Kim Bailey

David Bass

5)

VALSEUR LIDO

9

11-06

Henry de Bromhead IRE

Keith Donoghue

6)

TOTAL RECALL

9

11-04

Willie Mullins IRE

Paul Townend

7)

ALPHA DES OBEAUX

8

11-03

Mouse Morris IRE

Rachael Blackmore

8)

PERFECT CANDIDATE

11

11-02

Fergal O’Brien

Alain Crawley

9)

SHANTOU FLYER

8

11-01

Richard Hobson

James Bowen

10)

TENOR NIVERNAIS

11

11-00

Venetia Williams

Town O’Brien

11)

CARLINGFORD LOUGH

12

11-00

John Kiely IRE

Mark Walsh

12)

VICENTE

9

10-13

Paul Nicholls

Nick Scholfield

13)

TIGER ROLL

8

10-12

Gordon Elliott IRE

Davy Russell

14)

REGAL ENCORE

10

10-12

Anthony Honeyball

Richie McLernon

15)

VIEUX LION ROUGE

9

10-12

David Pipe

Tom Scudamore

16)

CHASE THE SPUD

10

10-11

Fergal O’Brien

Paddy Brennan

17)

WARRIORS TALE

9

10-11

Paul Nicholls

Sean Bowen

18)

SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT

10

10-11

Sandy Thomson

Brian Hughes

19)

GAS LINE BOY

12

10-10

Ian Williams

Robbie Dunne

20)

THE DUTCHMAN

8

10-10

Colin Tizzard

Harry Cobden

21)

PLEASANT COMPANY

10

10-10

Willie Mullins IRE

David Mullins

22)

UCELLO CONTI

10

10-09

Gordon Elliott IRE

Daryl Jacob

23)

SAINT ARE

12

10-09

Tom George

Adrian Heskin

24)

BEEVES

11

10-09

Jennie Candlish

Sean Quinlan

25)

RAZ DE MAREE

13

10-08

Gavin Cromwell IRE

Robbie Power

26)

I JUST KNOW

8

10-07

Sue Smith

Danny Cook

27)

VIRGILIO

9

10-07

Dan Skelton

Harry Skelton

28)

BAIE DES ILES

7

10-07

Ross O’Sullivan IRE

Ms Katie Walsh

29)

MAGGIO

13

10-07

Patrick Griffin IRE

Brendan Powell

30)

PENDRA

10

10-07

Charlie Longsdon

Aidan Coleman

31)

BUYWISE

11

10-07

Evan Williams

Adam Wedge

32)

CHILDRENS LIST

8

10-07

Willie Mullins IRE

33)

LORD WINDERMERE

12

10-06

Jim Culloty IRE

Andrew Lynch

34)

CAPTAIN REDBEARD

9

10-06

Stuart Coltherd

Sam Coltherd

35)

HOUBLON DES OBEAUX

11

10-06

Venetia Williams

Charlie Deutsch

36)

BLESS THE WINGS

13

10-05

Gordon Elliott IRE

Jack Kennedy

37)

MILANSBAR

11

10-05

Neil King

Bryony Frost

38)

FINAL NUDGE

9

10-05

David Dennis

Gavin Sheehan

39)

DOUBLE ROSS

12

10-05

Nigel Twiston-Davies

Jamie Bargary

40)

ROAD TO RICHES

11

10-04

Noel Meade IRE

Sean Flanagan

RESERVES: Thunder And Roses gets in the final field after Minella Rocco was withdrawn on Friday morning due to unsuitable ground conditions.

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