Back-to-back Balla? Grand National weights revealed
The weights for the John Smith's Grand National were unveiled on Tuesday, where reigning champion Ballabriggs has been allotted 11st 9lb in his bid for a repeat victory, with only Lexus Chase winner Synchronised, for 2010 winning trainer Jonjo O'Neill, above him in the handicap on 11st 10lb.
William Hill quotes Ballabriggs as 16-1 co-second favourite to record a history-making double in the Aintree highlight, where he features in the betting alongside Synchronised and Alan King's Becher Chase winner West End Rocker.
David Pipe's Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot winner Junior, favourite 12-1 with William Hill, is set to carry 11st 2lb, and has been the subject of steady support in recent months.
Midnight Chase (25-1) and fellow McCain entry Weird Al (33-1) are at the top end of the weights on 11st 8lb, while Nicky Henderson's Burton Port, not seen since when taking runner-up spot in the 2010 Hennessy, has been alotted 11st 7lb alongside Quel Esprit (both 25-1).
William Hill spokeswoman Lucy Rhodes said, "With the McCain family tree and previous winners performing well in subsequent attempts, surely Ballabriggs holds a real chance to be the first back-to-back winner of the world's most famous race since the immortal Red Rum"
John Smith's Grand National: 12-1 Junior, 16-1 Ballabriggs, Synchronised, West End Rocker, 20-1 Hold On Julio, On His Own, Prince De Beauchene, 25-1 Alfa Beat, Burton Port, Calgary Bay, Cappa Bleu, Chicago Grey, Deep Purple, Giles Cross, Le Beau Bai, Midnight Chase, Planet Of Sound, Quantitativeeasing, Quel Esprit, Seabass, Shakalakaboomboom, The Midnight Club, Treacle, 33-1 According To Pete, Always Right, Apt Approach, Becauseicouldntsee, Blazing Tempo, Killyglen, Mon Mome, Niche Market, Organisedconfusion, Pearlysteps, Quiscover Fontaine, Scotsirish, Shakervilz, Some Target, Stewarts House, Tartak, The Package, Uncle Junior, Viking Blond, Weird Al, Wymott, 40-1 Always Waining, Another Palm, Backstage, Neptune Collonges, Rare Bob, Roberto Goldback, Roulez Cool, Smoking Aces, State Of Play, Sunnyhillboy, Swing Bill, Tatenen, Tharawaat, Vic Venturi, 50-1 Arbor Supreme, Ballyvesey, Black Apalachi, Cooldine, Crescent Island, Fair Along, Hector's Choice, Hello Bud, Little Josh, Massini's Maguire, Midnight Haze, Minella Theatre, Neptune Equester, Northern Alliance, Our Island, Postmaster, Psycho, Qhilimar, Saddlers Storm, 66-1 Any Currency, In Compliance, King Fontaine, Schindler's Gold, 100-1 Abbeybraney (EW ¼ 1,2,3,4)
GRAND NATIONAL SPECIALS
Where will the winner be trained?: 7-4 Ireland, 6-1 Wales
To train the winner: 5-1 Willie Mullins, 8-1 David Pipe, 10-1 Donald McCain, 11-1 Alan King, 12-1 Nicky Henderson, 20-1 Paul Nicholls
To own the winner: 7-1 JP McManus, 9-1 Trevor Hemmings
To ride the winner: 12-1 Tony McCoy, 12-1 Ruby Walsh, 16-1 amateur jockey, 20-1 lady rider
All runners to safely negotiate the first: 9-2
Winner of the Grand National to carry 11st or more: 6-4 yes vs 1-2 no
Race to be postponed due to the weather: 14-1
Who will start favourite?: 3-1 Ballabriggs, 7-2 Junior, 11-2 Synchronised, 9-1 West end rocker, On His Own, 10-1 Burton Port, Prince De Beauchene, Shakalakaboomboom Others on request
Number of finishers:
0-10 - 9-2
11-15 - 5-4
16-20 - 15-8
21-25 - 6-1
26+ - 25-1
SP of the winner:
10/1 or less - 5/2
11/1 - 14/1 - 2/1
16/1 - 25/1 - 9/4
28/1 - 50/1 - 11/2
66/1 or more - 14/1
Age of the winner:
7yo - 11-1
8yo - 4-1
9yo - 7-4
10yo - 3-1
11yo - 7-2
12yo - 20-1
13yo - 50-1
14yo - 50-1