Could Grass Be Greener on Carruthers' Side?
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William Hill have priced up Saturday's Grand National Trial at Haydock Park, with the firm reporting early support for Carruthers - now 12-1 from 14-1.
Alan King's West End Rocker heads the market at 11-2, the hat-trick-seeking nine-year-old arriving on the back of a gritty three-parts victory over Minella Boys at Warwick last month. The latter is 8-1 to reverse placings in this weekend's Grade 3.
Last year's scorer Silver By Nature and dual course-winner King Fontaine hold entries (both 8-1), and with the Grand National weights finalised tomorrow, they could potentially find themselves jumping away in April on a cosy mark.
Lucy Rhodes, spokeswoman for William Hill, said, 'Carruthers was highly promising as a novice, however often fell short at the top level despite some decent performances, including in the Gold Cup and Hennessy. Obviously some punters think the step up in distance could help him finally land a big Saturday event.'
Totesport Grand National Trial: 11-2 West End Rocker, 8-1 King Fontaine, Minella Boys, Mobaasher, Silver By Nature, 9-1 Le Beau Bai, 10-1 Imoncloudnine, Nicto De Beauchene, 12-1 Carruthers, Sarde, 14-1 Major Malarkey, 16-1 Sound Accord, 20-1 Bench Warrant, Madison Du Berlais, 25-1 Ballyfitz, Etxalar, Jaunty Journey (EW 1/4 1,2,3,4)