SELF-PROCLAIMED psychic Dean ‘Midas’ Maynard is scrapping the form book for this weekend's Grand National, using his powers of prediction to help readers turn a 'prophet' in the big race.

Dean, from Bishop Auckland, who claims to have never had a horse out of the top three, in eight years also claims to have forecast three of the last four Gold Cup Winners and beaten a team of professionals seven times in eight years, during a annual Grand National challenge.

Here are Dean's PSYCHIC SIX to watch ahead of the big race on Saturday 5th April 2013:

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  • Balthazar King
  • Teaforthree
  • Monbeg Dude
  • Double Seven
  • Chance Du Roy
  • Night In Milan (Reserve is The Rainbow Hunter as Dean feels N.I.M may not run)

The Northern Echo:
PREVIOUS WINNER: Jockey Jason Maguire on his way to victory aboard Ballabriggs in the 2011 Grand National when Dean also picked second-placed Oscar Time

Dean said: "If I look into my crystal ball and pick a few from my six then Monbeg Dude is high on my list, he is currently 14–1 with some bookies at the moment; the long shot I am drawn to is Chance Du Roy (currently 40–1)."