2011 Grand National Top Tips

2011 Grand National Top Tips

Synchronised was the big name missing from the list of John Smith’s Grand National acceptors on Monday. The Jonjo O’Neill trained entry was withdrawn along with Irish contender Notre Pere and seven others. Both had decent chances in the race and offered at around 20/1. Nine horses in all have withdrawn for the entry.

Willie Mullins has taken out Ballytrim but he trains the very well fancied and current favourite, Midnight Club, who will be ridden by Ruby Walsh.  Walsh is stable jockey for Paul Nicholls and it was announced that he will ride Denman on Friday at Aintree for the Champion Trainer’s stable. Nicholls has yet to win the Grand National but has a strong team with What A Friend the best of them, part owned by Sir Alex Ferguson and fourth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

None of the horses at the head of the Grand National Betting Market have been withdrawn. Bookmakers report strong support for Oscar Time and the Ferdy Murphy trained Big Fella Thanks. A gray has not won the Grand National for 50 years and this year Silver By Nature has a very good chance indeed, trained by Lucinda Russell Silver By Nature will be a popular choice.

65 entries remain, of which 40 will line up on Saturday. Last year’s winner Don’t Push It is the Top Weight ridden by BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Tony McCoy. All roads lead to Aintree! Good Luck!

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