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Last Updated: Friday, 7 April 2006, 12:10 GMT 13:10 UK
Grand National top tips
A round-up of predictions for the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.


Clare Balding BBC TV presenter
1 Innox 2 Hedgehunter 3 Amberleigh House 4 Numbersixvalverde
Innox is well handicapped and in form after winning the Racing Post Chase. Tony McCoy must be worried that he picked Clan Royal ahead of this horse as he is very strong.

Ian Bartlett Commentator
1 Clan Royal 2 Sir Oj 3 Garvivonnian 4 Amberleigh House
He has a good Aintree record and has been trained specifically for the race, if anything it all looks too good for Clan Royal, but with luck on his side he will be the one to beat.

Honest Frank BBC Sport website
1 Numbersixvalverde 2 Jack High 3 Clan Royal 4 Joes Edge
Hedgehunter and Clan Royal are hugely respected, but don't be surprised if Niall 'Slippers' Madden boots home the Irish National winner Numbersixvalverde.

Luke Harvey BBC Five Live reporter
1 Innox 2 Hedgehunter 3 Royal Auclair 4 Clan Royal
I can see Clan Royal cantering three out, but not staying the trip. Innox put in a great performance to beat L'Ami last time and looks as though he'll be suited by extremes of distance.

Lydia Hislop BBC Pundit
1 Ross Comm 2 Joes Edge 3 Baron Windrush 4 Lord of Illusion
Ross Comm is improving fast. He has enough pace to win over two-and-a-half miles, so should be able to sit handy, yet sufficient stamina to have triumphed over 3m 2f.

Mark Howard Author, One Jump Ahead
1 Joes Edge 2 Innox 3 Hedgehunter 4 Jack High
A horse who comes good at this time of year, Joes Edge won the Scottish National last season and is ridden by Davy Russell who has won over the National fences.

Paul Jones Author, Aintree festival Betting Guide
1 Jack High 2 Joes Edge 3 Numbersixvalverde 4 Garvivonnian
Jack High fits all the major patterns - an experienced chaser with big-race pedigree who's guaranteed to stay and has been laid out for the race by a trainer who's won it before.

Angus Loughran BBC's betting expert
1 Innox 2 Ross Comm 3 Hedgehunter 4 Direct Access
Innox was a game winner of the Racing Post Chase at Sandown and can give owner JP McManus his first National winner.

Cornelius Lysaght BBC Five Live correspondent
1 Cornish Rebel 2 Hedgehunter 3 Lord of Illusion 4 Inca Trail
He's a bit quirky, but quirky characters often do well - Cornish Rebel nearly won a Scottish Grand National and ran a cracker in the Gold Cup before a mistake late on.

Rishi Persad BBC pundit
1 Hedgehunter 2 Numbersixvalverde 3 Innox 4 Royal Auclair
I think Hedgehunter has improved since winning last year and has proved that he is a world-class horse away from Aintree by finishing second at the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Richard Pitman BBC pundit
1 Clan Royal 2 Hedgehunter 3 Garvivonnian 4 Inca Trail
Without doubt Clan Royal has the Aintree factor and he comes alive at the course.

Peter Scudamore BBC pundit and former jockey
1 Hedgehunter 2 Clan Royal 3 Numbersixvalverde
4 Garvivonnian
Hedgehunter ran the race of his life in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and is carrying great form into the National.

David Williams Ladbrokes bookmakers
1 Hedgehunter 2 Garvivonnian 3 Numbersixvalverde
4 Joes Edge
Impressive when second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, reigning champ Hedgehunter is bang in form, and with luck in running, is the one they all have to beat.


Sunday newspapers

Alastair Down Sunday Mirror/Racing Post
1 Jack High 2 Hedgehunter 3 Ross Comm 4 Clan Royal

Chris Goulding Sunday Express
1 Hedgehunter 2 Royal Auclair 3 Garvivonnian 4 Clan Royal

Donn McClean Sunday Times
1 Hedgehunter 2 Ross Comm 3 Jack High 4 Colnel Rayburn

Sue Montgomery Independent on Sunday
1 Hedgehunter 2 Innox 3 Cornish Rebel 4 Juveigneur

Pegasus News of the World
1 Jack High 2 Numbersixvalverde 3 Clan Royal 4 Hedgehunter

Jonathan Powell Mail on Sunday/BBC TV
1 Garvivonnian 2 Numbersixvalverde 3 Innox 4 Hedgehunter


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