Tidal Bay tops 73 contenders for the Grand National following the latest forfeit stage...
The 13-year-old Tidal Bay will bid to become the first teenage winner of the Grand National since Sergeant Murphy won the 1923 renewal...
The 13-year-old Tidal Bay will bid to become the first teenage winner of the Grand National since Sergeant Murphy won the 1923 renewal. In total, there have been just three winners aged older than twelve, the other pair being 15-year-old Peter Simple in 1853 and the 13-year-old Why Not in 1894.
Tidal Bay has a good chance on Timeform's ratings as he comes out just 2 lb below Teaforthree who tops the list with a weight-adjusted rating of 180. Teaforthree finished third in last year's renewal, taking very well to the unique obstacles as he put in a foot-perfect round of jumping, and he has been well backed to go two places better this term, trading as the favourite at [12.0].
Also towards the fore of Timeform's ratings is the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Long Run. Nicky Henderson's one-time top-class chaser has largely been below his best this term but the signs were more encouraging at Kelso last time, and, with a weight-adjusted rating of 179, he is sure to be popular. Long Run - whose regular rider Sam Waley-Cohen has a superb record over the National fences - can be backed at [20.0] on the Betfair Exchange.
The most significant absentees were On His Own, who finished runner-up recently in the Gold Cup, Seabass, who finished third in the National two seasons ago, and the Arthur Moore-trained Home Farm who remains unexposed over extreme distances.
A full list of the remaining entries can be seen here > Early Closers Grand National.