Horse racing punters around the globe have their eyes on ante post betting for this year's Grand National. The biggest horse race in Europe is just a few weeks away. Punters are looking for the best horse racing odds for the event as trainers prepare their entrants for the main event of the festival.
The Grand National race will take place on day 3 of the festival. Sportsbooks are already offering odds on this year's possible runners. Although the original field is still being cut down to 40 runners, punters can find the best Grand National odds on this year's entrants.
Best Grand National odds
Blaklion, trained by Nicky Henderson, leads odds in ante post betting. The horse raised fears that he may not be up to the challenge of Aintree after a poor performance at Haydock in February. Reports indicated Blaklion looked exhausted as he finished the race in defeat. Henderson has decided against running Blaklion in the Cheltenham Festival as he prepares the horse for the Grand National.
Total Recall 12/1
Total Recall has had a phenomenal horse racing season. The Willie Mullins trained horse has wins at the Munster National and Newbury's Ladbrokes Trophy. Sportsbooks have become unsure over Total Recall's ability to win after the horse's weight was announced. But his track record this season should calm fears of a loss at Aintree.
Cause of Causes 14/1
Cause of Causes will race at the Cheltenham Festival in the buildup to Aintree. It could be a brilliant move by trainer Gordon Elliot. Cause of Causes has eight career wins in 40 starts. The horse didn't have a great race at Leopardstown in February, but there are hopes he can rebound at Cheltenham before topping the pile at the Grand National.
The Last Samuri 16/1
The Last Samuri will feature at the Cheltenham Festival in a warm-up to the Grand National. Although it isn't sure which race he will be entered in yet. The Last Samuri weighed in at 11st 4lb for this year's race, which was ninth on the weights' list. Last year's Grand National wasn't a great outing for the horse as he finished 16th out of 19. However, the year before, The Last Samuri came second in the race.
Definitly Red 20/1
Definitly Red has given a lot of punters hope he can be a dark horse for the Grand National 2018. Trainer Brian Ellison has over 1,000 wins in his career, but none may be as big as winning this year's Grand National with Definitly Red. The horse has won nine times since joining Ellison's stable. The trainer isn't just hoping for a Grand National win, but a Cheltenham Gold Cup as well. Definitly Red's chase for the Grand National 2017 ended due to jockey Danny Cook's saddle slipping as the horse was obstructed when another fell in front of him. This year should be different and Ellison believes Definitly Red can contend for first place barring another freak occurrence.