Horse racing Anibale Fly Donagh Meyler

Anibale will bid for Grand National glory

1 year ago

The Tony Martin-trained Anibale Fly (pictured above), recommended in our March 20 ante-post Randox Health Grand National preview at odds of 25/1 each-way, has been confirmed an intended runner in the world’s greatest steeplechase at Aintree a week on Saturday.

The JP McManus-owned eight-year-old, an excellent third in the Grade 1 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup last month behind the high-class pair of Native River and Might Bite (see below), has recovered well from those exertions and connections have decided to let him take his chance in the £1 million four-and-a-quarter-mile race. The way he stayed on at the finish at Cheltenham suggests there is a good chance he will last out the unique marathon trip.

As highlighted in the free horse racing tips offered in our ante-post preview, Anibale Fly would be carrying 9lb more than will be the case in the Grand National had the handicapper had the chance to reassess the weights following his great effort in the Gold Cup, the best quality staying chase in the world. But he can’t do that as the weights were decided in February, and punters around Britain and beyond have latched on to this factor with reports suggesting that Anibale Fly – down to just 12/1 with most firms, but still available at 14/1 with MarathonBet – may possibly go off favourite on the big day.

“Anibale Fly has begun to close in on Aintree Grand National favourite Total Recall after support came in on Wednesday causing him to shorten to 12-1,” Boylesports spokesperswoman Aoife Heffron told reporters on Wednesday, while Barry Orr, spokesman for Betfair, added, “Anibale Fly has been attracting really lively support … Punters seem to be latching on to the fact he appears to be well handicapped following his cracking run in the Gold Cup and will most likely be the mount of Barry Geraghty.”

Hopefully, followers of our horse racing tips will have stepped in early to take the great value we highlighted, not only in Anibale Fly’s ante-post odds, but also in our two other recommendations. Sandy Thomson’s Seeyouatmidnight, advised at 33/1 each-way, is now a top-priced 25/1 with Ladbrokes and also 25/1 with William Hill, while many firms have already trimmed his odds to just 20/1.

And our big outsider, I Just Know, trained by Sue Smith at Bingley in Yorkshire, advised each-way at 66/1, is now a best priced 33/1 (with Bet365 and Paddy Power), again highlighting the value of following our ante-post racing previews.

Hopefully, all three will make it to the starting line in nine days’ time, and with a little bit of luck-in-running should give supporters a tremendous run for their money in what is always a stunning sporting spectacle.

Paul Alster

Written by Paul Alster

Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.