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3 early contenders for the
 2018 Grand National

(3/1) The 2018 Grand National is scheduled from April 12 to April 14 this year, and promises to be an exciting affair for both the horse racing fans and punters everywhere. It's the highlight race of the 3-day race card, and always serves as a magnet event for all the horse racing followers throughout the world.

If you are an ante post punter keen on betting on the Grand National 2018, it's highly recommended that you check out the following three early contenders for the race.


It's a commonly known fact that Nigel Twiston Davies didn't have luck on his side in the 2016/17 season. Although his horses shaped pretty well during the closing stages of important races, they were left behind either at the post or during the run. A good example of that was Blaklion who finished fourth in the last Grand National.

Noel Fehily had rode him very well, taking the running four out, and be easily in the front, however, lost even the third-place during the closing stages of the race. All horses that finished the race ahead of him carried less weight, something that became apparent in the final yards.

If Blaklion runs in the Grand National once again, riding him conservatively could easily make him improve his fourth position. Whether the handicappers would be kinder to him this time around is yet to be seen.

Minella Rocco

The runner-up of the Cheltenham Gold Cup Minella Rocco was considered a hot favourite going into the Grand National 2017, but was withdrawn from the race. The owner JP McManus and trainer Jonjo O'Neill were knowledgeable enough to understand that seven year old horses haven't had a very good run in this most famous steeplechase of the world. The last time a seven year old runner won the Aintree's showpiece event was in the year 1940!

O'Neill is now determined to train Minella Rocco to have a go at the 2018 edition of Grand National, as he'll be 8 by that time and two of the last three winners of that race won it at that age.

A former winner of the Cheltenham Festival's 4 m National Hunt Chase for novices, at 6, he is definitely a clear contender to have a good show at the Aintree this time around.

Our Duke

The winner of the Irish Grand National, Our Duke performed very well to win the Easter Festival's Fairyhouse feature race (which was 3m 5f); he seems all set to do very well at the 4m 2f Aintree equivalent. Trained by Jessica Harrington and ridden by Robbie Power, he has had some very strong performances at the business end of the National Hunt 2016/17 as well.

If both of them manage to coach and jockey the same kind of performance from him in April 2018, he would surely emerge as a top contender at the Grand National this year.