Snow Morning Flury of Grand National Bets


The snowy forecast for this weekend isn’t good news for the bookies as they prepare for their biggest day of the year, the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree. With over £350 million expected to be gambled on the day, the last thing they need is an obvious horse for the public to put their faith in – yet ‘Snowy Morning’ is already a major contender.

Trained in Ireland by Willie Mullins, who has already won the Grand National with Hedgehunter in 2005, Snowy Morning is one of the fancied horses for this year’s race, quoted at 20-1 with bookies William Hill. With snow and sleet expected to sweep across the country, particularly the North, plenty of punters thinking of where to put their pound could wake up to wintry scenes and the name Snowy Morning will just jump off the list of runners for them.
“Even though another horse, Cloudy Lane, is the hot favourite, the majority of money is gambled on the morning of the race, ” explains William Hill spokeswoman Jennie Prest. “And these sort of coincidence bets have a nasty habit of coming true for the bookies – think Party Politics winning in the election year of 2002. Nearly half the adult population will have a bet on the National on Saturday, so it’s not just a sprinkling of bets we are worried about, it is an avalanche.”

Latest John Smith’s Grand National Betting: (William Hill Bet) 5-1 Cloudy Lane, 10-1 Comply or Die, Slim Pickings, 12-1 Simon, 14-1 Bewleys Berry, Chelsea Harbour, 16-1 Butlers Cabin, King Johns Castle, McKelvey, Mr Pointment, 20-1 Dun Doire, Point Barrow, Snowy Morning, 25-1 D’Argent, Hedgehunter, Mon Mome, Philson Run, Turko, 28-1 L’Ami, 33-1 Joes Edge, 40-1 Kelami, Knowhere, Ossmoses, Vodka Bleu, 50-1 Black Apalachi, Irish Raptor, Idle Talk, Madison du Berlais, Newbay Prop, Naunton Brook, Noir Et Vert, Opera Mundi, Tumbling Dice, You’re Special Wonderkid, 66-1 bar (EW ¼ 1,2,3,4)

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