Only eight horses were taken out of the race today with the weights headed by last year’s winner Don’t Push It who is a 16/1 shot with totesport to win back-to-back renewals of the race.
The Irish-trained duo of Backstage and Oscar Time are next in the market at 12/1 with the quartet of Ballabriggs, Big Fella Thanks, Silver By Nature and What A Friend all 14/1 shots, the latter having been cut from 16/1 this morning.
“With Daryl Jacob set to continue his burgeoning partnership with What A Friend, it would come as a huge surprise to see Ruby Walsh ride anything apart from The Midnight Club and this alone should be enough to see Willie Mullins’ gelding go off at the head of the market in just over two weeks time,” said totesport spokesman George Primarolo.
totesport make it a 9/4 chance that the winner is trained in Ireland whilst it’s 7/1 that champion trainer Paul Nicholls breaks his duck in the race this year. Ruby Walsh is 10/1 to ride his third Grand National winner whilst AP McCoy is 14/1 to double up in the race having won it for the first time on Don’t Push It last year.
John Smith’s Grand National – totesport bet: 10 (from 12) The Midnight Club, 12 Backstage, Oscar Time, 14 (from 16) What A Friend, Ballabriggs, Big Fella Thanks, Silver By Nature, 16 Arbor Supreme, Don’t Push It, Niche Market, Quinz, 20 Junior, Merigo, Synchronised, West End Rocker, 25 Becauseicouldntsee, Bluesea Cracker, Hello Bud, Majestic Concorde, Midnight Chase, Notre Pere, Skippers Brig, State Of Play, Vic Venturi, 33 Ballytrim, Calgary Bay, Character Building, Chief Dan George, Giles Cross, Imoncloudnine, In Compliance, One Cool Cookie, Our Monty, 40 Ballyfitz, Dooneys Gate, Killyglen, Northern Alliance, Surface To Air, The Tother One, Tidal Bay, 50 Belon Gale, Can’t Buy Time, Comply Or Die, Frankie Figg, Galant Nuit, Golden Kite, King Fontaine, Nedzers Return, Or Noir de Somoza, Ornais, Quolibet, Saddlers Storm, 66 Always Waining, Ambobo, Grand Slam Hero, Le Beau Bai, Pomme Tiepy, Roll Along, Royal Rosa, Sagalyrique, Scotsirish, The Sawyer, Toby Jug, Treacle, 100 Askthemaster, Dev, Duers, Faasel, Piraya, Putney Bridge, Regal Heights, Santas Son, Starzaan, That’s Rhythm.