Crockford considers the Grand National 2014 Ante Post clues from this week at the Cheltenham Festival

Wednesday’s Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase provided stronger pointers to the Grand National 2014 Ante Post market with the winner Balthazar King and third Big Shu both putting in notable performances.

Top prices put Hobbs’ Festival winner at 33/1 with most firms and the Irish challenger Big Shu at 40/1 with Ladbrokes/Corals/Hills .

The cross country chasers are accomplished jumpers who have the stamina to figure at Aintree. Balthazar King travelled well last year in the National before fading on the second circuit, but goes to the race in much better form this year.

A faller in the National last year Tatenen has put in three credible efforts so far this season culminating in a valiant third in the competitive Byrne Group Plate on Thursday. Richard Rowe’s horse was a good winner at Newbury in November and second behind Aachen at Sandown in February. With him priced at 66/1 Rowe’s chaser is worth a second look.

Earlier on Thursday in the Pertemps Network Final, Dr Newland’s Pineau De Re was a close third to Fingal Bay. If Pineau De Re can convert that form back over fences in April the odds of 50/1 available with Paddy Power are attractive value.

The Gold Cup on Friday provided plenty of clues for the Grand National and has placed On His Own at the top of the market with most firms who are quoting a price of 10/1.

However, on Betfair On His Own is trading at 50.0 suggesting that his participation is in doubt. Unsuccessful on two previous attempts 2014 may not be his year either.

Some way behind the second in the Gold Cup, Teaforthree and Triolo D’Alene posted credible runs, but  at 10/1 and 20/1 respectively more Grand National 2014 ante post value may be available elsewhere.

Betfair Exchange Grand National 2014 Ante Post Prices (15/3/2014): Teaforthree 12.0, Triolo D’Alene 24.0, Balthazar King 34.0, Big Shu 40.0, Pineau De Re 55.0 and Tatenen 380.00  


(Featured Photograph – Glenfarclas Cross Country 2014 at Cheltenham Festival by Stuart Rice)


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