2018 Grand National Main Contender Profile: Anibale Fly

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Anibale Fly has good form lines ahead of the Grand National, but will he be good enough?
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A running-on third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup is one of the best form lines on offer ahead of the Grand National, but Paul Robinson has slight reservations about Tony Martin's charge...

"...it shouldn't be forgotten that he won a big 28-runner handicap chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, and he was still in touch in the Irish Gold Cup in February, before taking a fall two from home."


Current Form

Anibale Fly ran a stormer when last seen to finish third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, behind Native River and Might Bite. In the end he was beaten 8½ lengths by the winner, but he made eye-catching headway between the last two fences and looks primed to take on the National test.

That performance was clearly the best of his career to date, but it shouldn't be forgotten that he won a big 28-runner handicap chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, and he was still in touch in the Irish Gold Cup in February, before taking a fall two from home.

Previous Aintree Form

McManus will be represented by Anibale Fly for the first time at Aintree for the National, so there is no previous course form to speak of.

Trainer Form

Tony Martin has only had six winners from 184 runners this season and his 11 successes last season was his lowest total since 2004-05. The Irish trainer knows the time of day though and he can certainly ready one for a big handicap win.

Odds & Verdict

The Gold Cup third is one of the leading contenders for this year's renewal of the Grand National but I can't say that I'm overly keen on his price. A price of around [17.0] doesn't scream value, and I'm concerned as to how much his Cheltenham exertions will have taken out of him.


Anibale Fly Form Wins Runs 2nd Place Runs 3rd Place Runs Winnings
Hurdle 2 5 0 1 £50,871
Chase 3 11 2 1 £123,945
NHF 2 3 1 0 £12,035
Rules Races 7 19 3 2 £186,850

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