As the dust settles on another Cheltenham, Betfred has announced they have gone NON-RUNNER NO BET for the 2023 Grand National.

The big race at Aintree is just under four weeks away, and if you have an early fancy on the race and bet now, should your selection not turn up on the 15th of April, your stake will be returned.

Last week’s action at Cheltenham may have given a big pointer ahead of the Grand National, with Corach Rambler, a repeat winner of the Ultima Handicap Chase. The Lucinda Russell trained nine-year-old heads the betting for the Aintree showpiece with Betfred at odds of 7/1.

The Scot trains north of the border in Kinross and won the 2017 Grand National with One For Arthur. Her partner Peter Scudamore is also involved in the operation. While the former eight-time Champion Jockey never won the National, he was a baby when his father, Michael, won in 1959 aboard Oxo.

Elsewhere near the head of the betting with Betfred is last year’s winner Noble Yeats for trainer Emmet Mullins. Finishing a respectable fourth in last week’s Gold Cup at Cheltenham but must face a 20lbs hike in the weights from last year’s win in this race. Last year he was sent off a 50/1 chance, but the Betfred layers are keeping him onside this time, trading at 9/1 second favourite at the time of writing.

Irish-trained horses have won the Grand National five of the last six renewals, but surprisingly Willie Mullins hasn’t won the race since 2005 with Hedgehunter. The Irish champion trainer has seven entries in the race at this stage, including last week’s winner of the National Hunt Chase, Gaillard Du Mesnil and third place in the Kim Muir, Mr Incredible, who are both available to back at 12/1 and 14/1 respectively.

Both horses are only seven but have the right profile for a staying chase, such as the Grand National.

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Other horses of note include Delta Work, who was successful in the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham last week for trainer Gordon Elliott who is searching for a fourth win in the race, having saddled Tiger Roll (twice) and Silver Birch.

Only 22 horses from the 73 with entries at the time of writing are trained in the UK, the majority of which are currently outside the top 40 cut-off.

Those horses that need horses to come out to get a run but feature towards the top end of the betting include the aforementioned Mr Incredible (44), Our Power (55), trained by Sam Thomas and Ashtown Lad (49), trained by Dan Skelton.

Our Power needs 15 horses to come out at the five-day declaration stage, unbeaten on two starts this season; if he gets in will be running off a featherweight. Ashtown Lad is another who’ll need some luck to get a run, but he was a winner over the National fences in December in the Becher Chase.

Remember, if you’re backing a horse to win or place in the Grand National with Betfred, you’ll get your stake back if they don’t turn up at Aintree with our Non-Runner No Bet market.

Keep your eyes open on the Betfred blog for more Grand National content in the run-up to the race on Saturday 15th, April.

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