HORSE RACING: As the betting hots up for the world’s most famous steeple chase, Big Fella Thanks remains the 7/1 favourite across the board with many firms introducing cash back specials.
At the five day declaration stage eight year old Big Fella thanks been besieged with support in the antepost betting following his win in the Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury last month at William Hill and tops the betting ahead of last year’s winner Mon Mome (11/1 bet365), Irish raiders Arbour Supreme (16/1 bodog), Black Apalachi (14/1 Coral and Victor Chandler), classy novice The Package (14/1 Blue Square), and stablemate Tricky Trickster who is proving popular at 16/1 with Stan James.
Coral has trimmed Comply Or Die to 20/1 (from 25/1) after Timmy Murphy chose to stick with the 2008 winner, rather than riding 14/1 shot The Package, now the mount of Graham Lee.
Snowy Morning, the mount of David Casey and third in the race two years ago, has been backed into 16/1 from 20s with Coral in today’s other market moves.
After saddling 44 runners since 1992 a win in the famous handicap still eludes Paul Nicholls. William Hill make the Champion Trainer a 9/2 chance to break his duck in the 2010 running where his hand includes the ante-post favourite in addition to Tricky Trickster, and last year’s third My Will.
bet365, Coral, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, Stan James, totesport and William Hill are also offering a non runner no bet concession where all antepost bets on the race will be refunded along with best odds guaranteed on the race; an offer also available at Victor Chandler
Elsewhere, if your horse finishes in the top eight in the Grand National, 888Sport will refund your stake up to £5 in the form of a free bet on the outright winner of the world cup. Furthermore, 888Sport will refund your stake up to £50 if your horse finishes last!