Grand National tip from punter who won £250,000 from £5 at Cheltenham

A betting whizz who scooped £390,000 at the Cheltenham Festival has revealed his value tip for the 2021 Grand National.

Fresh from planning a holiday to Las Vegas after his success at the fixture earlier this month, Paul Dean has set his sights on conquering Aintree too.

The 40-year-old bagged a £250,000 jackpot after cashing out his £5 Cheltenham accumulator – and then won £140,000 from his Gold Cup day bets.

Cloth Cap heads is a popular favourite for the Randox-sponsored National on April 10, but Dean believes he has found some value in the market.

He likes the look of Mister Malarky, 66-1 at the time he made his selection – and now backed in to 25-1 in places.

If the chaser can win or go close in the famous marathon, it would be extra special for trainer Colin Tizzard, as the eight-year-old is his last runner in the race before he hands his licence over to son Joe.

Stockton-on-Tees resident Dean wrote on Twitter : "Don’t normally do many EW (each-way) bets but the 66-1 (50-1 generally) Mister Malarky for the Grand National is very big.

"Flat track, looking like decent ground, loves to be up with the pace, cracking trial last time and crucially has more improvement in him over the trip."

Mister Malarky returned from wind surgery to finish third in a 3m race at Kempton last month.

He is yet to tackle the famous spruce fences over the National track, but did finish runner-up in a Grade 3 chase at the meeting in 2019.

Dean was thrilled with his prize money from Cheltenham and told The Mirror : "I’m buzzing, the whole family is, I am going to have a few beers and let this sink in – I cannot wait for my local pub The Masham to re-open, it is going to be quite some party when it does I can tell you that."

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