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Palace's Grand National Selector

3 April 2014


As well as Palace's trip to Cardiff this weekend, Saturday also sees another epic sporting battle as the Grand National takes place at Aintree during the Eagles' game in south Wales.

Football fans across the country will be having a flutter on this great British institution, with many having no idea which horse to back in a race in which any jockey can guide his equine friend to glory.

If you're still unsure who to put some money on, why not take a look at our Palace-themed suggestions? Pick your favourite player from the list below and back the horse whose name is most suited to them!

Joe Ledley – Long Run – 8/1
During last weekend's victory against Chelsea, the Welshman covered the most distance of all the Palace players by clocking up 7.3 miles during the 90 minutes. Can Long Run stay ahead of the other challengers after the gruelling 4.5miles at Aintree?

Mile Jediank – Tidal Bay – 14/1
The Palace skipper would have spent plenty of time around his hometown of Sydney's famous bays. Both Jedinak and Tidal Bay aren't the youngest but are getting better with age, and the horse will be donning number one in the race – something Australia and Palace's current Player of the Year can resonate with.

Adlene Guedioura – Triolo D'Alene – 20/1
As well as the fact that both player and horse nearly have the same name, Triolo D'Alene has some pedigree by winning the Hennessy Gold Cup (nothing to do with Wayne) in November which was the same month that saw Guedioura help book Algeria's World Cup spot.

Joel Ward – Chance Du Roy – 33/1
The full-back's fine displays this season have seen many Eagles fans urging England boss Roy Hodgson to select him for the World Cup squad this summer, with Ward's stamina and solid jumping ability traits he shares with Chance Du Roy.

Thomas Ince – Night In Milan – 33/1
Ince spent many nights in the Italian city during his dad Paul's two year stint at Inter Milan during the mid 90s. Like Night In Milan achieved earlier this season, Tom also won in Doncaster on the opening day of this season, scoring in a 3-1 victory over Rovers.

Owen Garvan – Lion Na Bearnai – 33/1
Garvan is currently loan with the Lions of Millwall from Palace, whereas Lion Na Bearnai won the Irish Grand National in 2012 which takes place just 15 miles from the midfielder's birthplace of Dublin.

Julian Speroni – Vintage Star – 40/1
Already assured of his legendary status at the club, the 34-year-old has been outstanding between the posts for Palace this season, and like Vintage Star at Aintree is hoping to defy the odds and make the Argentine World Cup squad this summer.

Wayne Hennessey – Mountainous – 40/1
The giant 6'7'' shot-stopper is a big racing fan, and Wales' number one may well be cheering on a horse that won with the Welsh National last year plus jockey Jamie Moore will be wearing red, white and green when they get going at Aintree.

Dwight Gayle – Walkon – 50/1
No-one has appeared more times from the Palace bench this season than Gayle, having done so 14 times this season. However Walkon is tipped to provide a shock just as Palace's record signing did back on Boxing Day by netting a last-minute winner against Aston Villa.

Yannick Bolasie – Twirling Magnet – 50/1
The winger loves to showcases his tricks on wings up and down the country, and Twirling Magnet is rated as a solid runner with some decent wins to his name – much like Palace's number seven this season.

All the odds are supplied by SkyBet, so if you wish to have a flutter on the Grand National why not sign up with them here and get a free matched bet of up to £30 for the big race!

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