The Gordon Elliott-trained outsiders for the 2023 Grand National
Boasting the third favourite for this weekend’s feature race at Aintree in Glenflarclas Cross Country Chase champion Delta Work, trainer Gordon Elliott has a golden opportunity to join elite company by winning his fourth Grand National.
The ten-year-old is paying 10/1 in the betting lines at the time of writing, and while there’s no doubting that he will be Elliott’s strongest chance at a victory come 5:15pm this Saturday – Elliott also has a few outsiders who could be worth considering if you’re interested in a long shot when placing abet on grand national
With that in mind, read on as we take a look at some of Elliott’s outsiders in the upcoming Grand National.
Garnering a tempting price of 20/1, nine-year-old Galvin has experienced an inconsistent season in 2022/23. After kicking off his campaign with a dominant five-and-a-half-length win at Punchestown in October, the Irish-bred horse disappointed in back-to-back outings at Down Royal and Leopardstown where he finished fourth and sixth respectively.
He would somewhat return to form at the Cheltenham Festival last month, challenging stablemate Delta Work down the stretch of the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase to secure second, two-and-a-half-lengths shy of the eventual winner.
When speaking after his place-finish at Prestbury Park, Elliott appears confident that Galvin could challenge some of the better-fancied prospects at Aintree.
“We sort of thought last season that he could be one for the National as we thought he was probably just lacking a gear for races like the Gold Cup and those sort of Grade One races,”he said
“He seems in good form and we are looking forward to running him in the National. I think he will be fine over the fences.”
Despite poor showings at Limerick, Navan and Gowran Park to begin the season, 25/1 shot Coko Beach returned to form exceptionally well en route to a five-and-a-half-length triumph at Punchestown. It was his stamina that impressed in his victory in Ireland – with his staying power and finishing speed on full display in the three-mile and four-furlong affair.
That bodes well for this weekend, and if he can display the same kind of endurance and will late in the marathon Aintree contest as he did at Punchestown – he is more than capable of causing the upset.
Entering at an appealing price of 40/1, Fury Road has shown enough promise when up against quality opposition to suggest that he could compete with the shorter-priced chances in Merseyside. The nine-year-old placed in two fixtures that were won by elite thoroughbreds in Galopin Des Champs and Conflated, to coincide with a victory in a Grade 2 affair at Down Royal.
Therefore, with the exception of his poor performance in the Ryanair Chase the last time we saw him – in which he finished sixth and nearly ten lengths off the eventual winner, Fury Road’s form has been respectable to say the least. With all of that being considered, he isn’t one to write off come race day.
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