Many Clouds is the favourite for Saturday’s big race and there are several reasons to back this horse
At the revised time of 5.15pm on Saturday, forty runners and riders will line up to compete in the 2016 Grand National.
There are several horses that have ran in the National before and that includes Many Clouds who is currently 7/1 with Ladbrokes who are paying five places on the big race.
We’re big fans of the horse and here are five reasons why Many Clouds could have a silver lining on Saturday:
The trainer is delighted with his charge
Oliver Sherwood saddled Many Clouds to victory twelve months ago and the handler believes that his horse is in perfect nick for another tilt at this prestigious race.
“He’s come right at the right time and as I’ve said Kelso was the first time he’s been 100 per cent fit this season.
“It’s more the other 39 horses than him,” added Sherwood. “The fences still need jumping, but I’m very happy with where we are and it’s very exciting and I’m enjoying the ride.
“It’s when you haven’t got a runner in the race you want one. He’s fresh and very well.”
Leighton Aspell is bidding for a three-timer
Two years ago, Pineau De Re was ridden to victory by Aspell, with the same jockey then riding Many Clouds to a National win last time out.
Aspell clearly knows what is required to win this race and should have his tactics spot on for another adventure over the Aintree obstacles. He will look to avoid trouble at the early stages before creeping up the field.
The horse is carrying just an extra pound
Many Clouds has gone up just one pound in the handicaps, with the champion therefore simply needing to repeat the same performance to potentially win the race.
The preparation has been even better for 2016
Trainer Sherwood wasn’t particularly pleased with Many Clouds’ flaky performance in the 2015 Gold Cup, although a prep run this season at Kelso saw a brilliant round of jumping. He barely moved a twig all the way round.
AP McCoy is backing him to win
McCoy feels that Many Clouds is a worthy favourite for the big one, with the horse’s staying qualities marking him as the stand-out runner.
“It’s a classy Grand National,” McCoy said. “There are a lot of good horses but Many Clouds [8-1] deserves to be the favourite – his performance at Kelso [last time he ran in March] was great and the one thing he does is he stays and stays and stays.”