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Noble Yeats – Odds and race record ahead of the 2024 Grand National

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Noble Yeats is aiming to repeat his feat of two years ago when became the first seven-year-old to win the Grand National since the Second World War. 

Sent off at 50/1, the bay gelding carried amateur rider Sam Waley-Cohen, son of owner Robert Waley-Cohen, to glory on a memorable afternoon, giving trainer Emmet Mullins the biggest victory of his fledgling career. He finished fourth last year, and connections will hope he can bounce back.

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Noble Yeats – Grand National chances

Noble Yeats has every chance of becoming the eighth two-time winner of the famous Aintree crown. He defied the trends two years ago when winning as a seven-year-old, the first horse of that age to do so since Bogskar in 1940. 

Mullins has been gearing up his charge for another attempt at this race and Noble Yeats won the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in January.

The horse has been in and out of form, although after finishing first and fourth in the last two years, it’s impossible to rule him out as a potential victor.

Noble Yeats – Odds to win the 2024 Grand National

At 20/1 some will argue that Noble Yeats still offers some value. The modern incarnation of the National is not the demanding test of yesteryear, and if he jumps around accurately the stamina that will kick in for him should allow the son of Yeats to be in contention when it matters. 

Who will be riding Noble Yeats in the Grand National?

Harry Cobden has picked up the ride on Noble Yeats this season after winning at Cheltenham in January, before coming seventh in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Festival in March. 

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Who is Noble Yeats’ trainer?

Emmet Mullins has rapidly developed a reputation as a trainer well capable of plotting his way to big-race wins. 

A nephew of Ireland’s all-conquering champion trainer Willie Mullins, the Co Carlow-based handler has enjoyed key successes on the Flat and over jumps, and his success with Noble Yeats in this race two years ago was the standout moment of his career. 

The young Mullins showed no fear in lining up a seven-year-old contender for Aintree despite an 82-year trend going firmly against them, and his reward was to win jumps racing’s most recognisable contest. 

He clearly has a bright future and is confident that Noble Yeats, at nine, will put up a good effort to reclaim his title. 

The odds in this article are correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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