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Sporting Action To Savour – Our 314/1 E/W Double For The Grand National + The Masters

April has two of the biggest events in the sporting calendar – The Grand National is obviously one of the biggest races in the world, whilst there is also the small matter of the Masters, the first golf major of the year. GG editor Tom Aldridge has picked out a combination for an E/W double across the two events.

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The Masters – JUSTIN THOMAS (E/W – 20/1 generally, Betfair paying 18/1 with 12 places on offer)

There’s every chance Scottie Scheffler could repeat his heroics from last year’s Masters and land back-to-back victories at Augusta, but at the prices I can’t ignore JUSTIN THOMAS, who looks a fantastic E/W option to take on those at the head of the betting. 

Currently ranked 11th in the PGA rankings, his overall game has little negatives, and he arrives in excellent form, having finished in the top 25 in five of his last six starts. He is one of three players to have won a major since last year’s Masters, having won the PGA Championship in May last year, showing he has what it takes to win one of the major events. He’s also never missed the cut at Augusta, finishing in the top 12 three times in the last four years, so it’s easy to see why I think he’s a solid E/W bet again this year. 

A further boost to his chances is the fact he has Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay on the bag. The caddy is already a three times Masters winner thanks to Phil Mickelson, and his advice could be crucial again this year. A trusty caddy who knows his way around Augusta is vital, and his expertise partnered with Thomas’ all-round excellent game can hopefully be seen to best effect this year.  

Justin Thomas’ overall record at the Masters reads:

2016 – T39

2017 – T22

2018 – T17

2019 – T12

2020 – 4

2021 – T21

2022 – T8

I think this could be the year he puts it all together and finally gets that elusive green jacket. If he doesn’t win, I expect him to go very close at least, and with 18/1 odds available with Betfair paying TWELVE places, he has to be the play for me.


Grand National – ANY SECOND NOW (E/W – 14/1 generally, William Hill paying 16/1 with 5 places on offer)

If you’re looking for a horse that has consistently run well of late, has experience over the National fences, and represents a Grand National winning trainer, look no further than ANY SECOND NOW.

Having finished third in his first Grand National effort back in 2021, he went one better last year, chasing home Noble Yeats, who he was giving 12lb to that day. This year, he only has to give 1lb to that rival, so it’s difficult to see why there’s such a difference in their prices! 

This season, Any Second Now has had three races:

  • Finished 2nd behind Saint Sam on seasonal reappearance, which was a good effort considering he usually needs that first run after a break. 
  • 4th in the Irish Gold Cup, beaten 15 lengths by Galopin Des Champs. That was another excellent effort, and would’ve likely finished closer to the Gold Cup winner had he not been hampered by a faller two out. 
  • Most recently he won the Grade 2 Webster Cup Chase, finished 7 lengths clear of the field in an impressive performance. 

So he arrives here in good form, and when you consider Noble Yeats is much shorter in the betting, yet finished the same distance behind Galopin Des Champs in the Gold Cup than what Any Second Now did in the Irish equivalent. I’m really struggling to see why there’s such a difference in price between the two if you hadn’t already worked that out!

This will be JP McManus’ best chance of adding to his two Grand National winners tally and I think he should have an excellent chance. Having finished third in 2021 and second in last year’s race, perhaps he can go one better again this year. At the prices, I think he’s a fantastic shout.


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