Aintree Saturday Tips: Rathvinden has plenty going for him in Grand National​


Rathvinden looks to hold outstanding claims of landing the 4m 2f Grand National at Aintree (5.15) and makes plenty of appeal at 8/1.​ ​

This 11-year-old has won six of his 13 starts over fences and hails from the yard of Irish trainer Willie Mullins who saddled Hedgehunter to land the spoils in 2005.​ ​

He took high rank among the staying novice chasers last season, finishing second in the Grade 1 Drinmore over 2m 4f at Fairyhouse before landing the Grade 2 National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in ultra-game fashion by 1/2 a length from Ms Parfois when relishing the step up to 4m.​  ​

Rathvinden was then  far from  disgraced when a 7 1/4 length fourth of 11 to The Storyteller in a Grade 1 over 3m at the Punchestown Festival and looked better than ever on seasonal reappearance when jumping when and staying on strongly to comfortably beat Alpha Des Obeaux by 3 1/2 lengths in the Grade 2 Bobbyjo Chase over 3m 2f at Fairyhouse.​ ​

It was a career-best effort by Rathvinden and s it came 11 11 days after the Grand National weights were issued it means that he is officially 8lb well-in on ratings.​ ​

It makes Rathvinden one of the best handicapped horses in the race and other pluses are that he has stamina in abundance and is versatile as regards underfoot.​ ​

Jockey Ruby Walsh is also three from six on him and there is simply nothing not to like about Rathvinden’s profile for the world’s greatest steeplechase.​ ​

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Rathvinden (8/1 generally available – use BOG firms)​ ​ ​


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