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Notts County Grand National Tips

4 April 2014

This weekend brings the biggest betting event of the year, the Crabbies Grand National and the Notts County players and staff have offered their suggestions.

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Here are some tips from the Magpies to get your started: 

Manager Shaun Derry could easily back horse number 15, Battle Group (40/1), having seen the way his team have come together in recent matches, whilst his assistant Greg Abbott plumped for top weight Tidal Bay (14/1) in the big race.
 
Gary Liddle chose Long Run (14/1) as his pick of the field, which is apt given the lengthy run that the fans’ favourite enjoyed in the first team last season, whilst goalkeeping coach Kevin Pilkington will be backing Chance Du Roy (33/1), because his wife’s sister calls his wife Roy apparently. We didn’t ask why!
 
Other names that could be associated with Notts players include Rocky Creek (16/1), for star striker Ronan Murray, given his punchy display at Peterborough, or perhaps more appropriately, Golan Way (66/1) (Goal On The Way, sort of?!), given his fine form in front of goal lately.
 
The only German runner declared for Saturday’s race is number 28 Kruzhlinin (66/1), so we expect goalkeeper Fabian Spiess to be backing that horse, whilst there are a number of Irish runners for captain Alan Sheehan to choose from, perhaps sticking with his squad number to back the Nicky Henderson-trained Hunt Ball (66/1). 
 
All-time leading goalscorer Les Bradd picked Irish horse Mountainous (40/1), as he said that it reminded him of former team-mate and fellow Notts legend Brian Stubbs, before he lost weight recently anyway!
 
Director Aileen Trew could perhaps have gone for the French runner Triolo D’Alene (20/1), but instead selected The Rainbow Hunter (28/1) as her top tip.


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