Grand National Outsider Tips: Stattler a lively contender

 | 11th April | 

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Aintree's big race is here again, with the eyes of the world set to fix upon the Merseyside venue on Saturday afternoon from 16:00 for the Grand National.

The world's best known steeplechase will capture the sporting imagination and our Grand National Outsider Tips for the 2024 edition of the race are below as Betfred Insights take a look at which horses are good value to make a serious run at being placed at a good price.

Betfred are offering each-way terms on the first seven home in the Grand National, while they also have the Non-Runner No Bet promotion covering the race.

Grand National Outsider Tips

Galia Des Liteaux @ 25/1

Like Mullins, Dan Skelton is a man with the UK trainers' title at the forefront of his mind and both will know that landing the £500,000 top prize in this race would swing things massively in their favour.

Skelton might have some lady luck on his side with the mare GALIA DES LITEAUX.

The eight-year-old has just one previous Aintree visit on her CV, finishing a well-held fourth behind Gerri Colombe in the Grade 1 Mildmay Novices' Chase last April.

She was a Listed winner over three miles on her comeback at Market Rasen in November and second in the same grade at Newbury before Christmas – both times against her own sex.

In January, she was staying on eye-catchingly well but just unable to peg back My Silver Lining in the Classic Chase at Warwick over an extended three-miles-and-five-furlongs. One For Arthur (2017) won that race en route to glory here.

A little disappointing since at Exeter back down at three miles, she's had a nice break since and off 146, carrying 10st 6lb, is a lively outsider in the hands of Harry Skelton a month on from the brothers' best ever Cheltenham Festival.

Stattler @ 50/1

As a winner of the National Hunt Cup Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2022 over three-and-a-quarter-miles on only his third start over fences, stamina has always been a currency STATTLER deals in.

Last season he went down a neck behind Minella Indo at Tramore on his comeback over 2m6f – notably on heavy ground which he may well face again now – then finished a commendable second behind Galopin Des Champs in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown.

That rival has, of course. gone on to successive Cheltenham Gold Cup wins. Stattler was pulled up in the 2023 Blue Riband and, fair to say, the signals this season have been mixed.

He was tame in the John Durkan on his return in November then a fair second to Allaho at Thurles in January, before trying the Cross Country course at Punchestown when fourth behind Coko Beach.

He certainly doesn't have major miles on the clock for a nine-year-old and, with his stamina assured, if he takes to this unique test he could be a revelation carrying 11st 4lb. It wouldn't be the first time one of Willie Mullins' perceived lesser lights has dazzled on centre stage with son Patrick now confirmed to partner a horse he knows well.

Mac Tottie @ 100/1

Something running into the places at three-figure odds is certainly not out of the question.

Peter Bowen's MAC TOTTIE is now 11 years young but it’s worth recalling that Neptune Collonges, Auroras Encore and Pineau De Re all graced the same age category when they were the winners of this great race from 2012-2014.

Mac Tottie also has plenty of Aintree form, including winning the Grand Sefton in 2021 and the Topham Handicap Chase in 2022.

More recently, he won a Veterans Handicap Chase over 2m4f here on Boxing Day and, all told, is 3-3 in completed starts at this venue, falling early on in the Becher in 2021 when fancied.

He's certainly not thrown in and has to prove his stamina for this – like so many that line up in the race – but his Aintree form counts as a major plus and he's a massive price.

Betfred are paying 7 Places on Each Way bets on the 2024 Grand National at 1/5 the odds.

Find more Grand National Betting Tips here at Betfred Insights

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