ONE of the world’s most famous races, the £750,000 Randox Health Grand National takes centre-stage at Aintree on Saturday with 40 horses taking on 30 fences and four and a quarter-miles. The race is live on ITV 1 at 5.15pm and we’ve previewed the race below.

The market leader for this year’s event is Cloth Cap who bids to make owner Trevor Hemmings the winning-most owner in the history of the race with a fourth success in the race. The 4/1 shot backed up success in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury in November, with an easy success at Kelso on his latest start.

Other leading players include Burrows Saint (8/1) who is a former Irish Grand National winner for Willie Mullins and shaped with promise when second at Fairyhouse in Graded company on his latest start. Any Second Now (10/1) is a fascinating runner for Ted Walsh having warmed up for this assignment with an easy win at Navan in Graded company on his latest start. He promises to be suited by this stiff test of stamina. Kimberlite Candy is another to note. The nine-year-old shaped has run twice over the Grand National fences and has filled the runner-up spot on both occasions in the Becher Chase. He shaped with promise at the track in December and looks sure to be suited by this stiff test of stamina.

Rachael Blackmore stands on the precipice of history if she can guide Minella Times to victory in the Grand National. She was the first female to be crowned the leading rider at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and would be the first lady to win the famous chase if successful on the 11/1 shot. Minella Times brings solid handicap form to the table having finished second in two competitive handicaps at Leopardstown this term.

Others to warrant a mention include Discorama (14/1) who has been well-supported in the build-up to this race for Paul Nolan. The unexposed eight-year-old was second in Grade One company in 2019 and is of interest given the smart form in his back catalogue.

Bristol De Mai (20/1) will have to shoulder top-weight if he is to land the famous steeplechase, but is a multiple Grade One winner and finished a good second at Sandown on his latest start. Farclas (18/1), second in handicap company at the Cheltenham Festival last time out and 2019 Grand National second Magic Of Light (18/1), are others to note.

Elsewhere, mother and daughter combination Tabitha Worsley and Georgie Howell are targeting Grand National glory with 66/1 shot Sub Lieutenant, whilst Potters Corner (25/1) captured the 2020 Virtual Grand National and is now chasing success in the real-life version for Welsh trainer Christian Williams.

Our Grand National selection: Any Second Now (10/1)

Any Second Now (10/1) is a fascinating contender for trainer Ted Walsh who won the 2000 renewal with Papillon. He is a winner over three and a quarter-miles at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival and looked in fine form when scoring at Navan on his last start. Betway ambassador Katie Walsh, who is heavily involved in the yard, is also hopeful of a big run stating: “Any Second Now is a horse who has been trained for the race and we’ve worked backwards from the Grand National. He was in great form going into the 2020 running, before it was called off. He is a previous Kim Muir winner too, so we know he can compete at the top-level."

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