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Grand National tips for 2024 Aintree race from the Racing Post

The latest horse racing betting tips for the Grand National at Aintree Racecourse from Racing Post tipsters Keith Melrose, Gary Savage and Graeme Rodway.

Aintree Grand National Betting Tips and Odds

I Am Maximus - 7/1 (Keith Melrose)
Roi Mage - 50/1 (Gary Savage)
Galia Des Liteaux - 25/1 (Gary Savage)
Limerick Lace - 16/1 (Graeme Rodway)
The Goffer - 66/1 (Graeme Rodway)

Grand National

Keith Melrose's Grand National tip

I Am Maximus @ 7/1

I might end up backing a handful in the Grand National. I normally do. Rarely am I so clear on number one as this year. I AM MAXIMUS stands out in this field.

He has arguably the best form in the field this season. At the very least, his is second to Corach Rambler's Gold Cup third. He hammered Vanillier, second in the National last season, in the Bobbyjo which was his first run after the National weights were released.

That is a point to note, as Aintree is likely to have been I Am Maximus' aim since he won the Irish Grand National last spring. There would have been an element of bringing him to the boil slowly this season, but even so he found time to win a Grade 1 novice chase, beating the horse that would go on to finish second in the Arkle, before twice facing Galopin Des Champs in Grade 1s at Leopardstown.

So class and stamina are assured. Those are the most important factors in a modern National. In times gone by, his scratchy jumping and lack of course form would have been legitimate negatives.

That is not so much the case anymore, as Aintree's fences are not the fearsome obstacles of old. And if your jumping is fine for Fairyhouse, which has six fences in the last six furlongs and is where I Am Maximus has run all of his best races to now, then it is unlikely to hold you back here.

I would not be surprised if I Am Maximus ends up Grand National favourite. He will certainly be the best result in my own book.

Gary Savage's Grand National tips

Roi Mage @ 50/1

Galia Des Liteaux @ 25/1

While the exact going won't be clear until the off, we can be confident it will be softer than last year, probably considerably so, and with that in mind ROI MAGE looks to have an outstanding chance of improving on his 2023 seventh.

Softer ground Nationals in 2016 and 2018 have seen two 13YO's place in both, and Roi Mage has an obvious weights chance based on his run last year when he finished a 14-lengths seventh.

He carries the same weight this year, so is 15lb better off with Corach Rambler, and 6lb with Vanillier.

He was reunited with his Grand National jockey James Reveley in Compiegne in November, the pair posting a comfortable win in that 3m3f heavy-ground Listed Chase.

Having clearly been campaigned with this race in mind for the rest of the season, connections, most of whom were involved with the 2013 National winner Aurora's Encore, must feel they have a live chance of living the dream again.

There still seems some juice in the price of GALIA DES LITEAUX, for whom the soft ground and extreme test of stamina look tailor-made.

Fourth in the 3m novice chase here last year, this sound jumper has been in form all season, winning and placing in a couple of Listed Mares' contests.

Her best performance came when she encountered the longest trip she has yet faced in the Classic Chase at Warwick.

Her effort when a ¾ -length runner-up to My Silver Lining has been well advertised by the winner since and a strict reading of their collateral form gives her the beating of Mr Incredible, so at twice the price of that one she looks a bet.

Graeme Rodway's Grand National tips

Limerick Lace @ 16/1

The Goffer @ 66/1

The ground is going to be testing for the Grand National and that might bring LIMERICK LACE into contention. She loves it when the mud is flying and is clearly improving at the right time.

Limerick Lace proved she stayed 3m when finishing second to Coko Beach in the Troytown at Navan in November and she has taken two big steps forward since. She bolted up in a Listed Mares' Chase at Doncaster in December and was even better at Cheltenham last time.

The lightly-raced seven-year-old cruised around on the bridle that day and made short work of hot favourite Dinoblue from the last. That was a career-best performance from Limerick Lace and she would be going off a 6lb higher mark had she been running off her new mark.

She is evidently well handicapped and Mark Walsh has chosen to ride her over several other JP McManus-owned runners. That might be a tip in itself that the in-form mare is at her peak.

It's always worth having one at a huge price on your side too in a race as competitive as this and THE GOFFER looks capable of running well at a huge price. He is well suited to big fields.

The Goffer is running off a mark 2lb lower than when fourth in the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown last season and went off favourite for the Ultima at Cheltenham just last month.

He was beaten 34-lengths into fifth, but travelled well for a long way and may just have been in need of his first run since October. Better ground would be preferable, but he has run well on soft before and concerns over conditions are factored into his price. He could run a place.

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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