April 10 Racing Tips: Any Second Now the one to beat in Grand National at Aintree

Planet Sport's tipster is back to give us a helping hand in finding the winner of the Grand National on Saturday April 10.

Looking to have a flutter in the National? Well, look no further, as Ross Brierley is here to put the beer away and put the champagne on ice.

Any Second Now

Brierley says: "The big race of the weekend then - the big race of the year - the Grand National returns after skipping a season in 2020, and as ever it looks a fiendishly difficult race.

"The favourite is Cloth Cap, who comes into this in good form and has plenty of family connections to give it every chance.

"But so - at a bigger price - does Any Second Now, who is trained by Ted Walsh, who of course won the National with Papillon back in the year 2000.

And jockey Mark Walsh is an excellent man to have in the saddle, and this horse comes into it off the back of a fantastic win - admittedly over two miles last time out.

"He bolted up by 10 lengths in a graded race, beating Castlegrace Paddy, who sets a good standard for the form back in second place.

"But he shouldn't lack for stamina. This horse won the Kim Muir at Cheltenham a couple of years ago over three-and-a-quarter-miles and he's barely raced over those staying distances since.

"Good to soft ground should be absolutely ideal. He's nine-years-old. He's more than experienced enough, and I do like horses who come into races like this in tip top form. They're often underrated despite that one next to his name, and Any Second Now in those JP McManus silks looks to have every chance."

Milan Native

Brierley says: "The Gigginstown operation and Denise Foster may well have been robbed of a big history making chance with Tiger Roll going for his third run and skipping this race and going for the Bowl, but they might well have a ready-made alternative in the shape of Milan Native.

"Another horse - like Any Second Now - who won the Kim Muir at Cheltenham, this time in 2020.

"[He] also beat pretty much the same horse in the shape of Kilfilum Cross, and again, should not lack for stamina.

"Since then, he's been fiddled around in different races and he had the best part of three months off and a wind op before returning at the Cheltenham Festival this year to be heavily beaten in the Ultima behind Vintage Clouds.

"But, he was never really put in the race. He was held up out the back, and you got the feeling that was just a prep run for this race.

"Milan Native is ready to peak. He's eight-years-old, he's experienced, and he's got the right kind of run-style for this race.

"Everything looks to be in his favour, and Milan Native could give Denise Foster a big high-profile win in the Grand National."

Mister Malarky

Brierley says: "Form is temporary, class is permanent as the saying goes, and the Colin Tizzard team might not be having many winners, but it could be a fairytale success in the National with Mister Malarky, who looks over-priced to run a big race over the National fences which should suit him down to the ground.

"He's a bold jumping front runner, they've given him a wind op recently, they've put a tongue-tie and cheekpieces [on him], they're throwing everything but the kitchen sink at this horse and he comes into it in red-hot form.

"He was third to Clondaw Castle last time out in a very strong handicap chase. The winner has gone on to finish second - albeit well beaten in grade one company in the Bowl behind Clan Des Obeaux - and what I like about this horse is - well - a couple of things.

"One - he's run well here at the track over the regulation fences before, and two he likes to be out there. The Foxhunters was won by a horse who was on the speed throughout, and Mister Malarky could well be a big winner - or at least a big each way play - for the Tizzard team in the National."