2017 Grand National In-running Back-to-lays
  Above: Saint Are runs in the Grand National for the fourth time
In-Running Focus

2017 Grand National In-running Back-to-lays

Tenor Nivernais

There may be some stamina reservations about this horse, but he is 10lb well in after an impressive 30 length win at Ascot. He races aggressively from the front which will keep him out of trouble, especially in today’s race where there is likely to be lots of pace on. He seemed to save his best for Sandown, but that is more likely down to him been a very good jumper which is needed around Aintree.

He should be out front in today’s race which should see him trade low; he currently trades around 80.0, but has been as big as 110 earlier.

Gas Line Boy

Since switching to Ian Williams yard, Gas Line Boy has turned in some better performances and his jumping has seemed to improve as well. He was a first fence faller in the 2015 Grand National, but if he finds his rhythm and takes up a prominent position, he should be trading much lower than his current trading price of 130.0 on Betfair.

Highland Lodge

Highland Lodge has been hammered by the handicapper for some good performances over these fences, but he is a course specialist who likes to race prominently. He was a shade unlucky to not have won his last two here after first suffering interference from a loose a horse and then idling when looking the winner on the run in, having traded down to 1.06 in-running.

He’s a sound jumper who likes to race prominently; at 40.0 on Betfair he looks a great back-to-lay that could trade down to single figures with a little luck in-running.

Saint Are

Saint Are finished second in the 2015 Grand National and ninth the year before, but last year he was pulled up. Though he was pulled up just before the last in 2016 after fading, he still traded down to 5.0 in-running from a BSP of 17.95. In 2015 he traded down to 3.10 from a BSP of 34.0 and he is also a two-times winner over these fences.

Saint Are currently trades around 40.0 and looks another that could trade down to single figures in-running, especially as he comes in to this race on the back of a great run at Doncaster.