“Giles Cross won the Haydock Grand National Trial earlier this season on heavy ground, so Victor Dartnall’s charge is one runner who won’t be inconvenienced by any further rain in the North-West, and although the ten-year-old is unlikely to replace Synchronised at the head of the betting, he could well start second favourite,” said Coral’s David Stevens.
Paul Nicholls, reigning National Hunt champion trainer, is now 6/4 to retain his title while his main rival Nicky Henderson is still 1/2 fav.
“The betting suggests Paul Nicholls will get on the Aintree scoresheet first this week, courtesy of hurdling superstar, Big Buck’s, who will be long odds-on for the Liverpool Hurdle, although Nicky Henderson appears to hold the aces in the Betfred Bowl, with both Riverside Theatre and Burton Port competing for the £84,000 first prize,” said Coral’s David Stevens.**John Smith’s Grand National
6-1 Synchronised, 8-1 Junior, 10-1 (from 12-1) Giles Cross, 12-1 Ballabriggs, Chicago Grey, On His Own, West End Rocker, 14-1 Cappa Bleu, Treacle, 16-1 Becauseicouldntsee, Killyglen, Seabass, 20-1 Organisedconfusion, Shakalakaboomboom, Sunnyhillboy, 25-1 (from 33-1) According To Pete, Always Right, Calgary Bay, The Midnight Club, 33-1 Le Beau Bai, Neptune Collonges, Planet Of Sound, 40-1 Alfa Beat, Always Waining, Black Apalachi, Mon Mome, Quiscover Fontaine, Rare Bob, Weird Al, 50-1 Bar