Junior Favourite for Grand National Betting

Junior Favourite for Grand National Betting

*Prince De Beauchene The Early Market Mover

 

The David Pipe-trained Junior, not seen in public since last summer’s Royal Ascot, heads Coral’s betting for this year’s John Smith’s Grand National at 12-1, following the unveiling of the weights for the Aintree showpiece today.

 

Last year’s winner, Ballabriggs, and top weight Synchronised, are among the 16-1 co-second favourites, along with West End Rocker, and the Willie Mullins-trained Prince De Beauchene (from 25-1), at this stage the leading Irish contender according to the betting. The 2005 winning trainer has 12 entered at this stage, and with the recent strong record of Irish runners in the race, Coral go just 9-4 that the prize is once again taken back across the Irish Sea, while AP McCoy is 10-1 to win his second National, and Britain’s champion trainer, Paul Nicholls, with two entries this year, is 14-1 to break his Grand National hoodoo.

 

“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

12-1 Junior

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

Grand National Weights 2012 Announced

Ballabriggs

2012 John Smiths Grand National Weights – Class 1, Grade 3, £975,000 total prize fund.

4.15pm, Aintree, Saturday, April 14, 2012, four miles and four furlongs.

Ballabriggs2 300x180 Grand National Weights 2012 AnnouncedFor seven-year-olds and upwards who, up to and including March 20, 2012, have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a chase of three miles or more and which are allotted a rating of 120 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 12, 2012. Horses who are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at closing may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including February 12 would merit a minimum rating of 120.

To qualify, horses must have run at least three times in chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Racing Authority up to and including February 12, 2012. At the handicapper’s discretion, such horses may be allocated a rating. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final. The British Horseracing Authority has modified Rule (F)42.2.1 for the purposes of this race, such that racecourse performances up to and including Sunday, February 12, may be taken into account. A novice horse shall only be qualified to run in this race if it has run a minimum of three times in chases in Great Britain, Ireland or France in accordance with Rule (F)42.5.

Highest weight 11st 10lb – no penalties after publication of the weights. Entries closed January 31, entries revealed February 1 (82 entries), weights revealed February 14, first scratchings deadline February 28, second scratchings deadline March 20. Five-day confirmation stage April 9, final declaration stage 10.00am, April 12. Maximum field size of 40, plus four reserves. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, February 13.

Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer

1) 13-P031 SYNCHRONISED (IRE) 9-11-10 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill

2) 11/1121- BALLABRIGGS (IRE) 11-11-09 Trevor Hemmings Donald McCain

3) 115-F31 MIDNIGHT CHASE 10-11-08 Lady Clarke Neil Mulholland

4) 1/10P-13 WEIRD AL (IRE) 9-11-08 Brannon, Dennis, Dick, Holden Donald McCain

5) 11121/2- BURTON PORT (IRE) 8-11-07 Trevor Hemmings Nicky Henderson

6) FF-B111 QUEL ESPRIT (FR) 8-11-07 Red Barn Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE

7) 2F-0511 CALGARY BAY (IRE) 9-11-06 Camilla Radford Henrietta Knight

8) 106-P42 NEPTUNE COLLONGES (FR) 11-11-06 John Hales Paul Nicholls

9) F-6041U ALFA BEAT (IRE) 8-11-05 Irvin Naylor John Hanlon IRE

10) F01/35-2 PLANET OF SOUND 10-11-05 Charles Lloyd-Baker Philip Hobbs

11) 143111 BLAZING TEMPO (IRE) 8-11-04 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE

12) 1U30432 ROBERTO GOLDBACK (IRE) 10-11-04 Seamus Dunne Dessie Hughes IRE

13) 51U/022/- BLACK APALACHI (IRE) 13-11-03 Gerard Burke Dessie Hughes IRE

14) 6/3U34-1 DEEP PURPLE 11-11-03 Paul Green Evan Williams

15) 131/321- JUNIOR 9-11-02 Middleham Park Racing LI David Pipe

16) 112-021 QUANTITATIVEEASING (IRE) 7-11-02 J P McManus Nicky Henderson

17) 3631441 SCOTSIRISH (IRE) 11-11-02 Double R Stables Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE

18) 04-5060 TARTAK (FR) 9-11-02 Power Panels Electrical Tim Vaughan

19) 2-FU111 APT APPROACH (IRE) 9-11-01 Greenstar Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE

20) 6/1155-6 LITTLE JOSH (IRE) 10-11-01 Tony Bloom Nigel Twiston-Davies

21) 0F2224 PSYCHO (IRE) 11-11-00 Exors of the late C McClure Tony Martin IRE

22) 10-U303 CHICAGO GREY (IRE) 9-10-13 John Earls Gordon Elliott IRE

23) 3100-01 TATENEN (FR) 8-10-13 The Stewart Family Richard Rowe

24) 22-3011 ACCORDING TO PETE 11-10-12 Peter Nelson Malcolm Jefferson

25) F11/-111 SEABASS (IRE) 9-10-12 Gunners Syndicate Ted Walsh IRE

26) 000-112 SHAKALAKABOOMBOOM (IRE) 8-10-12 Liam Breslin Nicky Henderson

27) 11PB-P1 WEST END ROCKER (IRE) 10-10-12 Barry Winfield & Tim Leadbeater Alan King

28) 1P-1323 HECTOR’S CHOICE (FR) 8-10-11 James and Jean Potter Richard Lee

29) 235/3/1-P MASSINI’S MAGUIRE (IRE) 11-10-11 Alan Peterson David Pipe

30) 14P1-B1 ON HIS OWN (IRE) 8-10-11 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE

31) 2113-1P ALWAYS RIGHT (IRE) 10-10-10 John Wade John Wade

32) 3F2P/-13 CAPPA BLEU (IRE) 10-10-10 William & Angela Rucker Evan Williams

33) 5U-P20P CRESCENT ISLAND (IRE) 9-10-09 Sarah Bays Jill Scott Sarah MacEchern Nigel Twiston-Davies

34) PU-3450 RARE BOB (IRE) 10-10-09 D A Syndicate Dessie Hughes IRE

35) 63F/-52P MON MOME (FR) 12-10-08 Vida Bingham Venetia Williams

36) 12-133F ORGANISEDCONFUSION (IRE) 7-10-08 Grace Dunlop Arthur Moore IRE

37) 3/216-B43 THE MIDNIGHT CLUB (IRE) 11-10-08 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE

38) P/P-51423 TREACLE (IRE) 11-10-08 Bjorn Nielsen Tom Taaffe IRE

39) 0P2F-60 ARBOR SUPREME (IRE) 10-10-07 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill

40) 3/5P-2304 COOLDINE (IRE) 10-10-07 Jackie Mullins Willie Mullins IRE

41) PP//1-11 HOLD ON JULIO (IRE) 9-10-07 Mr & Mrs F Bell, N Farrell, A Marsh Alan King

42) 2130-F2 PEARLYSTEPS 9-10-06 The Glazeley Partnership Henry Daly

43) U5351-5 PRINCE DE BEAUCHENE (FR) 9-10-06 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE

44) F505-02 NICHE MARKET (IRE) 11-10-05 Graham Regan Paul Nicholls

45) //U1/2B/1- ROULEZ COOL 9-10-05 Robert Waley-Cohen Robert Waley-Cohen

46) P0-5121 STEWARTS HOUSE (IRE) 10-10-05 Double Trouble Partnership Tim Vaughan

47) 03F-30P SUNNYHILLBOY (IRE) 9-10-05 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill

48) 140310 UNCLE JUNIOR (IRE) 11-10-05 Mrs M McMahon Willie Mullins IRE

49) 4-U2634 FAIR ALONG (GER) 10-10-04 Alan Peterson Philip Hobbs

50) F-03034 KILLYGLEN (IRE) 10-10-04 David McCammon Stuart Crawford IRE

51) 2F-4010 QUISCOVER FONTAINE (FR) 8-10-04 J P McManus Willie Mullins IRE

52) 4-P1300 THARAWAAT (IRE) 7-10-04 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE

53) 041-044 ALWAYS WAINING (IRE) 11-10-03 Mr & Mrs Peter Douglas Peter Bowen

54) 42F-63F BECAUSEICOULDNTSEE (IRE) 9-10-03 Noel Glynn Noel Glynn IRE

55) P-0P011 LE BEAU BAI (FR) 9-10-03 Glass Half Full Richard Lee

56) 144/P3/4- STATE OF PLAY 12-10-03 William & Angela Rucker Evan Williams

57) 2313P2 SWING BILL (FR) 11-10-03 David Johnson David Pipe

58) FP-2661 POSTMASTER 10-10-02 The Bill & Ben Partnership Tim Vaughan

59) 30/-003P SHAKERVILZ (FR) 9-10-02 Jackie Mullins Willie Mullins IRE

60) 312U5/5- THE PACKAGE 9-10-02 David Johnson David Pipe

61) 1P-6P60 WYMOTT (IRE) 8-10-02 Trevor Hemmings Donald McCain

62) P/5000-P BACKSTAGE (FR) 10-10-01 MPR & Capranny Syndicate Gordon Elliott IRE

63) 3/P22-12 GILES CROSS (IRE) 10-10-01 KCMS Partnership Victor Dartnall

64) PP-5U65 HELLO BUD (IRE) 14-10-00 Seamus Murphy Nigel Twiston-Davies

65) 431U0-P IN COMPLIANCE (IRE) 12-10-00 Dessie Hughes Dessie Hughes IRE

66) 21/10P-1 MIDNIGHT HAZE 10-10-00 Kim Bailey Racing Partnership Kim Bailey

67) 500423-F NORTHERN ALLIANCE (IRE) 11-10-00 Irish Rover Syndicate Tony Martin IRE

68) 0044B-20 VIC VENTURI (IRE) 12-10-00 Seamus Dunne Dessie Hughes IRE

69) 00-143P VIKING BLOND (FR) 7-10-00 Caroline Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies

70) R-120U3 QHILIMAR (FR) 8-9-13 Whites of Coventry & Stephen Dunn Charlie Longsdon

71) PP24U6 SOME TARGET (IRE) 8-9-10 Captain Conflict Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE

72) 0-31504 NEPTUNE EQUESTER 9-9-09 Koo’s Racing Club Brian Ellison

73) 32-3P40 ANY CURRENCY (IRE) 9-9-08 Cash Is King Martin Keighley

74) 0-42026 OUR ISLAND (IRE) 7-9-07 David Fox Tim Vaughan

75) 11PPP0 SCHINDLER’S GOLD (IRE) 10-9-07 Dr Richard & Laura Newland Dr Richard Newland

76) 31P/-FP3 ABBEYBRANEY (IRE) 11-9-05 Sue Johnson George Bewley

77) 660-P42 SADDLERS STORM (IRE) 10-9-05 Billy Moffett, R T & J McLoughlin Tony Martin IRE

78) 05-34106 SMOKING ACES (IRE) 8-9-05 J P McManus Tom Taaffe IRE

79) 50-PP0F KING FONTAINE (IRE) 9-9-04 Trevor Hemmings Malcolm Jefferson

80) 6-12026 ANOTHER PALM (IRE) 7-9-03 M J M Racing Syndicate Noel Meade IRE

81) 12-20P3 BALLYVESEY (IRE) 7-9-02 Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar Peter Bowen

82) 0P3-5U2 MINELLA THEATRE (IRE) 9-9-00 Middleham Park Racing XXIV & Dan Gilbert Lawney Hill

82 entries or which 31 Irish-trained

John Smith’s Grand National Odds– Betfred latest betting odds:

14/1 Junior

16/1 Ballabriggs, Synchronised

20/1 Midnight Chase, On His Own, Prince de Beauchene, Quel Esprit, Roberto Goldback, West End Rocker

25/1 Apt Approach, Burton Port, Calgary Bay, Cappa Bleu, Chicago Grey, Deep Purple, Hold On Julio, Little Josh, Planet Of Sound, Roulez Cool, Seabass, Shakalakaboomboom, The Midnight Club, Treacle

33/1 According To Pete, Always Right, Alfa Beat, Always Waining, Backstage, Becauseicouldntsee, Cooldine, Giles Cross, Hector’s Choice, Killyglen, Le Beau Bai, Neptune Collonges, Niche Market, Organisedconfusion, Pearlysteps, Quantitativeeasing, Quiscover Fontaine, State Of Play, Stewarts House, Sunnyhillboy, Viking Blond, Weird Al

40/1 Arbor Supreme, Ballyvesey, Blazing Tempo, Fair Along, Massini’s Maguire, Mon Mome, Postmaster, Rare Bob, Some Target, Tatenen, The Package, Uncle Junior, Vic Venturi,

50/1 Another Palm, Any Currency, Black Apalachi, Hello Bud, Midnight Haze, Northern Alliance, Our Island, Qhilimar, Scotsirish, Shakervilz, Swing Bill, Tartak, Tharawaat, Wymott,

66/1 Crescent Island, In Compliance, Psycho, Saddlers Storm, Schindler’s Gold, 100 Abbeybraney, King Fontaine, Minella Theatre, Neptune Equester, Smoking Aces