Grand National Weights 2008

John Smiths Grand National – The Countdown Begins!

John Smiths Grand National – The Countdown Begins!

The weights for the 161st Grand National were released this afternoon at a lunch in London’s Sheraton Hotel.

Bookmakers William Hill make the 12-1 chance Snowy Morning their joint- favourite along with Becher Chase winner Mr Pointment. Willie Mullins’s runner has been allotted 10st 12lbs, and will bid to add yet another win to the Irish tally. Six of the last nine runnings have gone to the Emerald Isle, and William Hill make it just a 6/4 chance that the tricolore is raised in triumph again on the 5th of April.

Paul Nicholls is priced at 6/1 to saddle his first National winner, and 12/1 co-favourite Mr Pointment represents his best chance off a weight of 11st 8lbs. The Ditcheat trainer’s greatest result to date came in 2005 with runner-up Royal Auclair, but top-spot has so far evaded the Champion trainer.

Another nursing a Grand National hangover is Tony McCoy, the 12-times Jump jockey champion has yet to ride the winner, and is a 12/1 chance to break his National duck in 2008.

Kate Miller, spokeswoman for Hills, said: ‘’The impetus around this race is incredible, and it is truly a race that stops a Nation. Nearly every adult in the land will be looking to punt on the big one, whether it be through the shops, phones, or internet. Industry figures on Grand National day turnover are expected to reach £300million, and every one of our 2280 shops will be jam-packed.”

John Smith’s Grand National: 12-1 Snowy Morning, Mr Pointment, 14-1 Butlers Cabin, 16-1 Simon, Bewleys Berry, 20-1 Slim Pickings, 25-1 Royal County Star, Point Barrow, Cloudy Lane, Character Building, McKelvey, Knowhere, Ungaro, 33-1 Joe Lively, Joes Edge, Hedgehunter, Irish Raptor, Philson Run, Vodka Bleu, King Johns Castle, Forget the Past, Dun Doire, Nine De Sivola, Newbay Prop, Madison Du Berlais, 40-1 Longshanks, Comply or Die, Beef or Salmon, Knight Legend, Homer Wells, Hear the Echo, Dunbrody Millar, Dream Alliance, D’argent, Cool Running, Bob Bob Bobbin, Patsy Hall, Parsons Legacy, Over the Creek, Ossmoses, Opera Mundi, Noir Et Vert, Monkerhostin, Turko, Wonderkid, Turpin Green, Sir Rembrandt. 50-1 bar (EW 1/4 1,2,3,4)

Grand National Specials
8/13 Debutante horse to win the Grand National
6/4 Irish trained winner
5/1 All runners to successfully negotiate the first fence
6/1 Paul Nicholls to train the winner
6/1 JP McManus to own the winner
8/1 David Pipe to train the winner
8/1 Willie Mullins to train the winner
10/1 Jonjo O’Neill to train the winner
10/1 Previous placed horse to win
12/1 David Johnson to own the winner
12/1 Tony McCoy to ride the winner
16-1 Female Trained runner to win
33-1 Female Ridden runner to win
Weight betting:
11/10 Winner to carry 11 stone or over 4/6 Winner to carry under 11stone
Number of finishers
50/1 3 or less 5/2 12-15 inclusive 11/1 24-27 inclusive 100/1 36 or more
14/1 4-7 inclusive 2/1 16-19 inclusive 18/1 28-31 inclusive
5/1 8-11 inclusive 4/1 20-23 inclusive 50/1 32-35 inclusive
Age of winner
16/1 Seven 7/2 Nine 8/1 Eleven 66/1 Thirteen
7/1 Eight 7/4 Ten 11/1 Twelve 150/1 Fourteen

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