The Grand National: Horse & Hound’s ones to watch

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  • As runners-up in tomorrow’s Grand National undertake their final preparations at home, and office sweepstakes up and down the country get underway, Horse & Hound asks the great and good of racing to predict who they think will win tomorrow’s Grand National at Aintree.

    Check out their tips below and don’t miss Horse & Hound complete 9-page preview of the famous race, on sale now.

    Simon Mon Mome Cloudy Lane
    Carl Evans, racing journalist, says: “Had a golden opportunity last year and was traveling like a winner before falling.” Carl Evans, racing journalist, says: “Scored at Aintree in 2006 in a 2m 4f handicap. One to note.” Mick Fitzgerald, Grand National-winning jockey, says: “Cloudy Lane is the one we’ve all got to beat. He jumps really well.”
    Point Barrow Kings John’s Castle Bewleys Berry
    Carl Evans, racing journalist, says: “Fell at the first last year when co-favourite.” Catherine Austen, H&H racing editor says: “In good form, has a shrewd trainer and will like soft ground.” Marcus Armytage, journalist and former Grand National winner, says: “He was in front last year when he tipped up at Becher’s on the second circuit.”
    Mckelvey Mr Pointment Butler’s Cabin
    Polly Gundry, point-to-point ladies champion, says: “I’m a great fan of Peter Bowen so I’m backing Mckelvey.” Carl Llewellyn, former Grand National-winning jockey and trainer, says: “He’s got good form over the National fences and has been trained for the race.” Seb Sanders, Champion flat jockey, says: “Butler’s Cabin has got a solid each-way chance.”

    Don’t miss Horse & Hound 9-page preview of the big race including Carl’s Evans complete form guide of all the runners; more big names share their top tips, Lucinda Green rides the highly-fancied Simon and a look at the famous fences on the course.

    Stay on touch with the action from Aintree with our racing editor Catherine Austen, who will be reporting online about the highs and lows of this year’s big race.

    Don’t miss Horse & Hound’s Grand National report issue, on sale Thursday 10 April. Featuring Marcus Armytage’s 11-page report on all the thrills and spills of the 2008 John Smith’s Grand National, including comments from top jockey Robert Thornton and the first woman to train a Grand National winner, Jenny Pitman. Grand National report issue is on sale 10 April, priced £2.30

    Race card data and jockey colour images supplied by Weatherbys Ventures.

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