Synchronised remains 6-1 favourite with Coral to complete the Gold Cup and Grand National double, following the latest entry stage for the John Smithâ€™s-sponsored highlight. Junior, already a Royal Ascot and Cheltenham Festival winner, is the 8-1 second favourite, with last yearâ€™s winner, Ballabriggs, among the horses priced at 12-1, the odds Burton Port had been prior to his removal from the race, leaving title-chasing trainer Nicky Henderson with just 20-1 shot Shakalakaboomboom.
â€œAs a Gold Cup winner ridden by champion jockey AP McCoy and owned by legendary gambler JP McManus, Synchronised is certain to start favourite for the big race, and his odds could well shorten further by the off, while Ballabriggs, bidding to become the first dual winner since the mighty Red Rum, and like that star trained by the McCain family, and Seabass and Organisedconfusion, ridden by Katie Walsh and Nina Carberry respectively, are other contenders who could prove popular ahead for Saturdayâ€™s showpiece,â€ said Coralâ€™s David Stevens.
Switching codes, Akeed Mofeed, who had been 9-1 with Coral for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, has been ruled out of the Newmarket Classic by trainer John Oxx, and will instead be aimed at the Derrinstown Derby Trial. The colt is 12-1 second favourite for the Investec Derby.
John Smiths Grand National 2012Â Odds
6-1 Synchronised, 8-1 Junior, 12-1 Ballabriggs, Chicago Grey, On His Own, 14-1 Cappa Bleu, Treacle, West End Rocker, 16-1 Becauseicouldntsee, Giles Cross, Seabass, 20-1 Killyglen, Organisedconfusion, Shakalakaboomboom, Sunnyhillboy, 25-1 Always Right, Calgary Bay, The Midnight Club, 33-1 Bar