Oscar Time Odds
There are many form lines and trends to consider before choosing a horse from the Grand National odds, but it is almost certain that Oscar Time will be on the majority of shortlists ahead of Aintree. His previous experience of Aintree and the Grand National fences are prime reasons for this.
Oscar Time odds likely to be sought after by many punters for Grand National
Despite the race being a major step up in distance, Oscar Time performed with the utmost credit when finishing second in his first attempt at the Grand National behind Ballabriggs. Horses including State Of Play, Hedgehunter and Don’t Push It are among the other horses of recent times that have followed up one solid Grand National run with another high quality performance in the following year.
Weight and ground to be pivotal to Oscar Time’s Grand National odds
With horses carrying more than 11st often struggling to win the Grand National, seeing how harshly the handicapper penalises Oscar Time may be pivotal before placing a bet as he finished second off 10st 9lb. Meanwhile, the ground could also impact his chances, as the faster ground from last season arguably did not suit him. Typically Oscar Time odds have been most successful on soft or yielding ground.
Many horses who ran against Oscar Time in the Grand National last season are likely to return for another crack. Ballabriggs is one such example, but he is sure to be given a much higher weight for his previous victory. Meanwhile, a number of promising youngsters will also fancy their chances of Aintree success, including former Cheltenham Festival winners, Chicago Grey and Junior, alongside Beshabar.