Junior Favourite for Grand National Betting
*Prince De Beauchene The Early Market Mover
The David Pipe-trained Junior, not seen in public since last summerâ€™s Royal Ascot, heads Coralâ€™s betting for this yearâ€™s John Smithâ€™s Grand National at 12-1, following the unveiling of the weights for the Aintree showpiece today.
Last yearâ€™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 Britainâ€™s champion trainer, Paul Nicholls, with two entries this year, is 14-1 to break his Grand National hoodoo.
â€œNot 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,â€ said Coralâ€™s David Stevens.
â€œOne 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-compilersâ€™ eyes, and is 16-1 (from 25-1) having been allotted a handy looking 10-6,â€ added Stevens.
**2012 John Smithâ€™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 Winnerâ€™s SP to be 100-1 or bigger
**2012 John Smithâ€™s Grand National â€“ 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, Hectorâ€™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, Massiniâ€™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, Schindlerâ€™s Gold
100-1 Abbeybraney, In Compliance, Minella Theatre