Irish Horses and Jockeys taking part in the Grand National

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The Grand National is always full of excitement, making it the highest-profile steeple race in the entire world. Every year, the race reaches new levels of thrill and excitement as the audience waits to see their predicted winner cross the finish line. But regardless of your pick, when the audience’s favorite wins the Grand National, the crowd’s enthusiasm is immense. Today, we will discuss some popular names from Ireland that are making the Grand National list. They are set to wow spectators with their Aintree course performance. So let’s start our list of Grand National horses that have higher chances to win the race.

1.     Cloth Cap

Trainer O’Neil, with his Irish horse, Cloth Cap, is eager to lead the race at the Grand National. Cloth Cap is already the favorite among bettors because of his form and capabilities. Even when we consider this Grand National participant’s performance in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury, we cannot find a better contender. Cloth Cap will be running among the Grand National runners with the mark of 148. He is 14lbs lighter than the standard, making him the perfect handicap. Even though he is on the Grand National list for the first time, his chances of winning are high. If you want to bet on Cloth Cap or any other Grand National runners & riders, visit this guide. The guide can help increase your chances of predicting the winner so you can place informed bets.

2.     Any Second Now

Any Second Now is also a prominent horse among other Grand National runners. This Irish horse is at the right age and has extensive experience. However, there is some negativity from the Grand National fans because he has scored some amazing wins in a shorter time. According to Ted Walsh, Any Second Now is improving since he fell in the Irish Grand National in 2019.

3.     Kimberlite Candy

Kimberlite Candy is an interesting Irish participant among the Grand National runners. His back-to-back second finishes mean that the audience is enthusiastic to see this runner in the Grand National. One of his strong points is the fences at Aintree. With plenty of stamina and experience with the fences, this horse will likely stun the audience. Even bettors are considering Kimberlite to be a worthy contender against the classic Grand National runners & riders.

4.     The Storyteller

The storyteller is another Irish participant in the Grand National list. Since he finished the Pertemps Network Hurdle at Cheltenham, everyone will be watching him. His performance in the last seven races is remarkable, including his win at the Ladbrokes Champion Chase. Many bettors consider that his experience makes him a worthy champion for the Grand National, turning the post ante odds to his side.

5.     Minella Times

Minella Times is another audience favorite in the Grand National. This eight-year-old horse in the Grand National list has a stamina of over four miles. That is why he was able to achieve second place in December at the Leopardstown Racecourse. Minella has a chance to change the odds in their favor and win the Grand National.


Considering the weights and form of the Grand National runners & riders, the odds are constantly shifting. Therefore, it would be dismissive to think Cloth Cap is the best runner there. His jockey Tom Scudamore spoke to his fans about his horse. He said that if he was riding any other handicap, he would be a bit shorter in the price than riding this horse.

This year’s Grand National is unique, where 39 Grand National horses will be running against Cloth Cap. However, if you consider other participants, such as Kimberlite and Any Second Now, Cloth Cap needs to give his best at the Aintree. After all, Kimberlite has incredible stamina, making him a potential winner for the Grand National.

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