Thought I'd share my early picks for the Grand National this weekend, for those who like a flutter once a year and aren't sure who to go for: I've gone for four, two outright and two each way: BIG FELLA THANKS - Outright: Jumps extrememly well and likes Aintree. Current favourite at 7-1 and has to have a big chance. Last year he underperformed but was young at 7 years old and a jump novice. Well worth a punt. Ridden by Ruby Walsh a superb jockey over the fences. He has never fallen. STATE OF PLAY - Outright: Has spen all year aiming for the National and trainer Evan Williams really fancies his chances. He fits into the winning weight bracket , has won big races (Has won 5 of his 15 chase races ) Finished 4th last year but was too heavy and his rider made an error 4 out. The horse has only been seen once since last years race, a run in the Hennessey back in November where he was pulled-up. This will keep people from betting on him but I'm happy with that getting him at 25/1. He will come down to twelves or thereabout on the day. They have deliberately kept him waiting for this chance. Runs better when fresh. SNOWY MORNING - Each way: 10 years old and well placed weight wise, just under 11 stone, so bang on for the national. He has good form over extreme distances. Was ridden badly last year and did well to finish 9th. Showed form in 2008 when he finished 3rd with a handier ride. Will surely be placed if he stays on his feet. Currently 16-1. Will come down to 14-1 on the day. ERIC'S CHARM - Each way: Won at Newbury and is now on a hat-trick of wins. Runs from the front and jumps well so should steer clear of mayhem and finish. prefers right handed courses and that is reflected in his price, has ran the national fences once and fell at the sixth due to jockey error. If he stays out of troublw has a superb chance of being placed, I got him at 60/1 yesterday abut most will see him at 50/1 today without getting much shorter. Or, you could just do what my missus does and pick the ones in the nice colours, either way, good luck! Oh, and if you go with William Hill you get a free fiver for the masters. My pick for the masters? Phil Mickelson at fourteens.