Daryl Jacob riding Tidal Bay

Grand National 2014 betting: Tidal Bay, Burton Port and The Package get the nod to make the most of history, form and conditions

Tidal Bay could become the first top weight to taste success since stalwart Red Rum in 1977

Neptune Collonges (grey) beats Sunnyhillboy to win last year’s race

Grand National 2014 betting: Should I back a good jumper or risk a runner with a high fall ratio?

Last year's champion Neptune Collonges had a 25% 'failed to complete' record heading into the National

Double Ross leads over the National fences in the Topham Chase at Aintree yesterday from the grey winner Ma Filleule

Grand National 2014: Willie Mullins’ Prince De Beauchene can rule Aintree at last

Irish hope looks to put injuries behind him to secure Grand National glory

Ma Filleule ridden by Barry Geraghty clears the Chair on its way to winning the Topham Steeple Chase during Ladies Day during the Grand National horse race meeting at Aintree

Grand National 2014: Holywell and Ma Filleule deliver express message on form for big-race punters

If there was a message in the form book ahead of today’s 167th Grand National, it arrived special delivery for The Package.

Auroras Encore ridden by Ryan Mania celebrates winning last year's Grand National
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Ladies' Day at Aintree: 'We've been on the booze since 8am and plan to get smashed' - the view from the racecourse

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Daryl Jacob riding Tidal Bay

Grand National 2014 betting: A Process Of Elimination (but don’t bet on it!)

Tidal Bay, Balthazar King and Chance Du Roy tick all the boxes

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Ladies' Day at Aintree: 7,000 tickets remain unsold but glamorous racegoers still line up to win the fashion stakes

Yearly meeting takes place on the eve of the Grand National

Long Run

Grand National 2014 betting: Conditions at Aintree edging in favour of Long Run despite money for Teforthree and Monbeg Dude

Rain on Friday could see Long Run start the race as favourite


Grand National 2014 betting: 'Class will out' eliminates Teaforthree, Colbert Station, Shakalakaboomboom and other previous front-runners

Stats show that runners that have placed in previous years tend to struggle when they return to Aintree

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales as they are seen viewing horses in the parade ring from the Royal Box on the second day of Royal Ascot in London, 2013

Grand National 2014 betting: Novelty Bets For Grand National Day

You can get odds on Camilla Parkes Bowles placing a bet and a likely appearance from Liverpool striker Luis Suarez

Gloucester and former England centre Mike Tindall alongside race horse Monbeg Dude, trainer Michael Scudamore and James Simpson-Daniel

Grand National 2014: Former England rugby star Mike Tindall hoping for National success with impulse buy Monbeg Dude

Tindall bought the horse in May 2010 alongside his Gloucester team-mates James Simpson-Daniel and Nicky Robinson and the trio hope to see him land victory in Saturday's Grand National

Sam Waley-Cohen embellished his record over the National fences with a win on Warne yesterday

Grand National 2014: Tony McCoy factor cuts Double in half for Aintree

The Tony McCoy factor was at work here on and off the track today. Once the 18-times champion picked Double Seven over Colbert Station for Saturday's Grand National, the chosen one pretty much halved in price and may well start favourite. McCoy will be riding in the Aintree showpiece for the 19th time and such is his allure that his mount has started favourite on seven occasions, including his when his sole victor Don't Push It landed a gamble four years ago.

Jim Beaumont, pictured at the Adelphi Hotel in his native Liverpool

Grand National 2014: Jim Beaumont - Room at top for local boy made good

The Liverpool-born bellboy at the Adelphi who became a National-winning owner, tells Kevin Garside about a life of Aintree dreams

Grand National 2014: Sweepstakes kit

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