Maree has the Power to go close in Grand NationalPublished April 04, 2018
Grand National-winning jockey Robbie Power has been booked to ride Raz De Maree in the great race on Saturday 14th April and the pair look excellent value at 50-1 with conditions likely to suit.
Raz De Maree – 50-1 Betfair Sportsbook (5 places) 5.15 Aintree Saturday 14th April
Betting on the 2018 Randox Health Grand National is currently headed by Total Recall, Blaklion, Anibale Fly and Tiger Roll, all priced at around the 10-1 to 12-1 mark, and it is easy to make a case out for all four contenders. They include a Ladbroke Trophy winner, Cheltenham Gold Cup third, a three-time Cheltenham Festival hero and a horse with proven ability over the unique Grand National fences.
Granted decent ground for the world’s most famous steeplechase it would be impossible to dismiss any of the quartet as the potential winner of the marathon contest but with the going at Aintree currently riding soft with heavy patches it could pay to look elsewhere for a possible market springer, and the horse who fits that bill is the Gavin Cromwell-trained Raz De Maree.
The booking of 2007 Grand National-winner rider Robbie Power for the veteran thirteen-year-old could be significant as that kind of experience can prove priceless in the extended 4m 2f test of stamina and jumping. The son of Shaanmer finished eighth behind Pineau De Re in 2014, keeping on well in a renewal which suited the classier type of chaser rather than an out-and out stayer.
Welsh National hero Raz De Maree is a 50/1 chance for the Grand National.— William Hill Racing (@WillHillRacing) April 3, 2018
Trainer Gavin Cromwell has said that Robbie Power is likely to ride the 13-year-old at Aintree.
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Returning to Aintree for another attempt 12 months ago the mount of Ger Fox was unfortunate in almost being brought down by a faller at Bechers on the first circuit, giving his jockey little chance of staying in the saddle. Since then the gelding has gone on to win Chepstow’s Welsh Grand National on his most recent start and should similar conditions ( heavy ground ) prevail in just over two weeks time Raz De Maree can make a mockery of his current odds by running a huge race off an attractive mark of 146.