Rathvinden looks to hold outstanding claims of landing the 4m 2f Grand National at Aintree (5.15) and makes plenty of appeal at 8/1.
This 11-year-old has won six of his 13 starts over fences and hails from the yard of Irish trainer Willie Mullins who saddled Hedgehunter to land the spoils in 2005.
He took high rank among the staying novice chasers last season, finishing second in the Grade 1 Drinmore over 2m 4f at Fairyhouse before landing the Grade 2 National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in ultra-game fashion by 1/2 a length from Ms Parfois when relishing the step up to 4m.
Rathvinden was then far from disgraced when a 7 1/4 length fourth of 11 to The Storyteller in a Grade 1 over 3m at the Punchestown Festival and looked better than ever on seasonal reappearance when jumping when and staying on strongly to comfortably beat Alpha Des Obeaux by 3 1/2 lengths in the Grade 2 Bobbyjo Chase over 3m 2f at Fairyhouse.
It was a career-best effort by Rathvinden and s it came 11 11 days after the Grand National weights were issued it means that he is officially 8lb well-in on ratings.
It makes Rathvinden one of the best handicapped horses in the race and other pluses are that he has stamina in abundance and is versatile as regards underfoot.
Jockey Ruby Walsh is also three from six on him and there is simply nothing not to like about Rathvinden’s profile for the world’s greatest steeplechase.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Rathvinden (8/1 generally available – use BOG firms)