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3 Horses Who Have Caught the Eye on Their Way to 2019 Grand National

"Aintree hosts the Grand National every year" (CC BY 2.0) by stacey.cavanagh

The Grand National Handicap Chase takes place at Aintree racecourse near Liverpool at 17:15 UK time on Saturday, April 6th.

Widely regarded as the world's most famous steeplechase, it's fiendishly difficult to pick the winner. Horses who land races on their way to Merseyside naturally grab headlines, but some others can also catch the eye without getting their heads in front. Here are three that have caught our eye ahead of the 2019 Grand National.

Ramses De Teillee

David Pipe emulated father and legendary racehorse trainer Martin by winning the Aintree showpiece in 2008 with Comply Or Die. His 2019 Grand National team includes Ramses De Teillee who, although still a young chaser aged seven, has run some very good races in defeat over long distances.

After finishing second in the Welsh National at Chepstow over Christmas, he filled the same spot in the official Grand National Trial at Haydock Park. Ramses De Teillee was only beaten about a length in both and these races are over three-and-a-half miles plus.

The Grand National is four-and-a-quarter miles these days, so extra stamina is needed. Ramses De Teillee looks more than capable of lasting home, and is big each-way value at ante-post odds of 33/1 with Betfair, who are paying up to six places on the race.

Up For Review

"Willie Mullins (left) trained Hedgehunter to the win the Grand National" (CC BY 2.0) by danheap77

Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins is sure to aim several of his horses for victory at Aintree. Firstly, Up For Review is guaranteed a run on Merseyside after making the top 40 in the weights. Connections used the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival to bring him along since.

That was something many other owners and trainers with Grand National ambitions for their horses did. Several Aintree hopefuls joined 10-year-old Up For Review in the field and, although he was eighth, he wasn't beaten far.

He now meets Alpha Des Obeaux - one of the Grand National 2019 tips from Betting.Betfair - on 14lb better terms from Gowran Park. That gives Up For Review big claims of reversing the form, and he's also 33/1 ante-post for Aintree. The low racing weight his specially allotted Grand National mark gives him is a huge plus.

General Principle

Before pulling up in the same Cheltenham Festival race that Up For Review was eighth in, General Principle looked to be improving with each outing this season. Last year's Irish Grand National hero represents the same connections as the Aintree victor 12 months ago, Tiger Roll.

Trainer Gordon Elliott is looking for a third English Grand National success, and 10-year-old General Principle looks as though he may sneak into the 40-runner field on Merseyside this time around. He was behind Up For Review when fifth in the Thyestes and went to place better in the Irish Grand National Trial at Punchestown.

Having got in the final stride to win by a head at Fairyhouse last Easter, General Principle has no doubts hanging over his stamina. He's yet another who looks ante-post value at 33/1, so long as being hampered by a faller at Cheltenham hasn't impacted on him.