Ballabriggs, the 2011 winner, and top weight Synchronised are amongst a host of 16/1 2nd favs, which also includes Prince De Beauchene, in from 25/1.
Willie Mullins has 12 entries at this stage and Coral go 9/4 that the prize head back across the Irish Sea while McCoy is 10/1 for a second victory and Paul Nicholls is 14/1 to break his National duck.
“Not many horses win at both Royal Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival, but Junior has achieved that feat, and the early betting suggests he could complete an historic treble with victory in the most famous race of all,” said Coral’s David Stevens.
“One of his closest market rivals is Ballabriggs, and having given the first family of Aintree an emotional win last year, Donald McCain will be hoping to emulate his late father Ginger once more by sending out the first back-to-back winner since Red Rum, while Prince De Beauchene caught our odds-compilers’ eyes, and is 16-1 (from 25-1) having been allotted a handy looking 10-6,” added Stevens.
2012 John Smith’s Grand National Specials
9-4 Irish-trained Winner, 8-1 Ruby Walsh to win, 10-1 AP McCoy to win, 14-1 Paul Nicholls-trained winner, 25-1 Winner’s SP to be 100-1 or bigger
2012 John Smith’s Grand National – Coral bet
16-1 Ballabriggs, Prince De Beauchene, Synchronised, West End Rocker
20-1 Cappa Bleu, On His Own, Shakalakaboomboom
25-1 Alfa Beat, Burton Port, Calgary Bay, Chicago Grey, Hold On Julio, Niche Market, Organisedconfusion, Planet Of Sound, Seabass, The Midnight Club
33-1 According To Pete, Always Right, Giles Cross, Killyglen, Le Beau Bai, Quantitativeeasing, Quel Esprit, Quiscover Fontaine, Scotsirish, State Of Play, Stewarts House, Sunnyhillboy, Treacle, Uncle Junior, Vic Venturi, Weird Al
40-1 Always Waining, Apt Approach, Arbor Supreme, Backstage, Becauseicouldntsee, Black Apalachi, Blazing Tempo, Deep Purple, Fair Along, Hector’s Choice, Midnight Chase, Mon Mome, Neptune Collonges, Neptune Equester, Pearlysteps, Rare Bob, Roberto Goldback, Roulez Cool, Shakervilz, Some Target, Tatenen, The Package, Viking Blond
50-1 Another Palm, Any Currency, Cooldine, Hello Bud, Little Josh, Massini’s Maguire, Midnight Haze, Northern Alliance, Postmaster, Psycho, Qhilimar, Saddlers Storm, Swing Bill, Tartak, Tharawaat, Wymott
66-1 Ballyvesey, Crescent Island, Our Island, Smoking Aces
80-1 King Fontaine, Schindler’s Gold
100-1 Abbeybraney, In Compliance, Minella Theatre