Grand National Favourites to Win 2024: A Guide to the Top of the Market

 | 12th April | 

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With the final field of 34 contenders now locked-in for the 2024 Grand National at Aintree, the market for the world's most iconic steeplechase is buzzing.

There are sure to be plenty of moves between now and 16:00 on Saturday and, ahead of the big one, the Betfred Insights team look at what horses are at the top of the 2024 Aintree Grand National Betting Market, with a reminder that we are paying each-way terms on the first SEVEN places in the big race.

In the last six years, only one winner (Noble Yeats @ 50/1) has been priced higher than 14/1 at SP, with Tiger Roll the shortest at 4/1 when going back-to-back in 2019.

Here's our guide to those at the front of the market and who can be described as the Grand National Favourites to Win 2024....

*Odds correct as of 08:45 on Friday, April 12, 2024.

Corach Rambler @ 13/2

Last year's winner bids to emulate Tiger Roll in 2018 and 2019 in becoming the second horse since Red Rum in the mid-1970s to defend this great race. He does so after a superb placed effort in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last month, a run that leaves him 2lb 'well-in' on official ratings, although runners coming here after the Cheltenham Blue Riband don't have a strong record. Lucinda Russell and Derek Fox will bid to end that with their third National win since 2017.

I Am Maximus @ 7/1

Willie Mullins made a stellar start to this meeting with a Grade 1 double on Thursday and if the Irish powerhouse can win this race for the second time – scored previously with Hedgehunter in 2005 – he'll be right in the mix to become Britain's champion trainer! Paul Townend rides I Am Maximus, winner of the Irish Grand National last season.

Meetingofthewaters @ 8/1

The second Mullins contender close to the top of the market is Meetingofthewaters, the mount of Danny Mullins. He's not been with this trainer long, but won a major pot at Leopardstown over Christmas and was third in last month's Ultima at Cheltenham. He, too, is 'well-in' on ratings following that effort and could have more to come. He's been one of the best backed horses this week.

Vanillier @ 9/1

He pursued Corach Rambler all the way to the line in this 12 months ago and the Gavin Cromwell-trained Vanillier is a major player to go one step better now. Getting back here for another crack has likely been the plan all season and he's only rated 4lb higher, while his trainer has been plundering UK prize-money at a fabulous rate all season.

Panda Boy 10/1

A real theme here, as the Irish are mounting up in behind Corach Rambler in the betting. Shrewd trainer Martin Brassil has won this race before with Numbersixvalverde and this eight-year-old has gained plenty of experience in hot races around Leopardstown, while also finishing fifth behind I Am Maximus at Fairyhouse last April in the Irish National. He was second to Meetingofthewaters at Christmas and is 11lb better off now with that rival.

Kitty's Light @ 12/1

Last season's Scottish National winner for trainer Christian Williams, there is a really emotional back-story with this horse and the Welsh handler's family. Kitty's Light was the last horse in, No.34, and would be an insanely popular winner. He appears to stay all day, but might need the ground to dry out.

Mr Incredible @ 12/1

Yet another for Mullins, Mr Incredible is a quirky character sometimes but warmed up for this with a good second in the Midlands National at Uttoxeter last month under Brian Hayes and he could relish this stamina test. He's one of eight for the Closutton operation.

Limerick Lace @ 12/1

Winner of the Mares' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last month for Gavin Cromwell, she comes here on the up and is very much unexposed as a stayer. She's got 6lb in hand on official ratings and is the choice of Mark Walsh from a plethora of options in the famous JP McManus silks.

Minella Indo @ 16/1

Just about creeping onto this list, after shortening from 20/1, is former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Minella Indo for Henry de Bromhead. Connections vowed that while he isn't top class anymore, he still retains too much enthusiasm for racing to consider retirement. He's off 159 and will carry 11st 6lb, but he's got the services of Rachael Blackmore in her quest for a second Grand National win and that can only be a positive. He could shorten plenty before the off.

Remember, you can check out all of our Grand National Tips on our dedicated section, with plenty of content planned before the race on Saturday.

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