Welsh National winner and 20/1 shot Synchronised is the most notable absentee along with Notre Pere who also took the Welsh National back in 2008. Silver By Nature has been cut to 16/1 (from 18/1) for the race despite conditions set to be fair on the run-up to Saturday’s big race.
Backstage and What A Friend are next in the market at 11/1 with Oscar Time a 12/1 shot. Synchronised’s absence means that 16/1 shot Arbor Supreme – also in the ownership of JP McManus – is almost guaranteed a run as the highest-rated horse on 10st 3lb.
The Midnight Club has also been trimmed to 2/1 (from 9/4) to be sent off favourite for the race after punters were keen to back him to head the betting at the off. What A Friend is a 4/1 shot to go off jolly whilst Backstage and Don’t Push It are next in the market at 11/2.
“It’s going to take some serious money to usurp The Midnight Club as favourite over the next few days but whilst he’ll more than likely head the market on the morning of the race, that’s not a cast-iron guarantee that he’ll be sent off the National jolly,” said totesport spokesman George Primarolo.
Looking ahead to the summer classics, Vadamar has been popular for the Investec Derby with totesport following his impressive victory at Saint-Cloud yesterday and Alain de Royer-Dupre’s colt is now 25/1 (from 50/1) for the race.