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Grand National: Outsiders to watch

Grand National fever is building, with the big race at Aintree now just less than a week away.

The second of the major spring festivals in Britain takes place from Thursday 11th April until Saturday 13th April at the famous Merseyside track, with the National on day three the highlight. 

Ahead of the latest instalment of this great British sporting institution, we've picked out some outsiders that might be worth noting come Grand National Day.

Horse Racing

Delta Work 

Trainer: Gordon Elliott

Grand National Odds: 33/1

Novices are starting to have some joy in the Grand National, winning two of the last seven renewals, but it also pays to have experience around this marathon circuit.

Delta Work may not get too many more laps around Aintree at the age of 11, and his connections may soon be thinking about retirement.

The son of Network has only run three times this season, finishing third at Punchestown, sixth at Cheltenham and sixth at Navan.

He finished third in the Grand National in 2022 before falling at the twentieth fence 12 months ago. Age is not on his side, but odds of 33/1 are generous for an experienced campaigner who has won multiple Grade 1s.

The recent heavy rain will also come into play on Saturday, and the ground should suit Delta Work perfectly. This year's Grand National should be a stamina test from start to finish, and Elliott will expect his runner to be up there in the final furlongs.

Coko Beach 

Trainer: Gordon Elliott 

Grand National Odds: 40/1 

Elliott has several runners in this race as he tries to win the event for the fourth time, and he will also expect a big run from Coko Beach, the Gigginstown House runner who finished eighth last year under Jonjo O'Neill Jr.

The nine-year-old finished eighth in the race in 2022 before running out of energy in 2023. However, he has enjoyed the best season of his career, failing to finish outside the top three in four runs.

He won the Troytown Chase at Navan in November, before finishing second to Chambard in the Becher Chase at Aintree in December.

Coko Beach won over the cross-country fences at Punchestown on his last start, winning on soft to heavy ground, which is a good sign ahead of this week's race.

Adamantly Chosen

Trainer: Willie Mullins

Grand National Odds: 40/1

Adamantly Chosen could be the surprise package from Mullins' yard this season. It looked like the seven-year-old struggled over long distances before he powered home to win a three-and-a-quarter mile chase at Down Royal just days after the Cheltenham Festival.

He has previously won a Grade 3 contest as a novice, while he has placed at Grade 1 level. That performance at Down Royal on soft ground will give him and his connections plenty of confidence going into this race, and he should be able to put a big run together at Aintree.

Ain't That A Shame

Trainer: Henry De Bromhead

Grand National Odds: 66/1 

Ain't That A Shame finished last of the 17 runners in last year's Grand National under Rachael Blackmore.

The 10-year-old "was not quite right that day," according to trainer Henry De Bromhead, who won the race in 2021 with Minella Times.

Owner and jockey David Maxwell purchased Ain't That A Shame in March, and he clearly sees something in him ahead of this contest.

He won the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park in January, and more importantly, the conditions should suit.

All of his wins have come on heavy ground, and if the weather forecast is correct, he should be able to produce another big effort.

Since last year's Grand National, Ain't That A Shame has only raced three times, so the fact he should be fresh and ready is also a bonus ahead of Saturday's steeplechase.

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Any odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.

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