The Midnight Club heads updated National betting
As the build-up to Aintree intensifies, William Hill have released updated betting on the John Smith's Grand National at the penultimate forfeit stage, with Antepost favourite The Midnight Club remaining at 8-1.
Willie Mullins' charge has proved a popular selection ever since his performances at Gowran and Fairyhouse, and support has continued since the confirmation that twice-winning jockey Ruby Walsh will be in the saddle.
What A Friend takes second-favouritism spot at 10-1, with William Hill offering 5-1 Paul Nicholls will land the big race for the first time - the trainer additionally represented by a trio including 18-1 chance Niche Market.
Notable defectors at the six-day stage include Notre Pere, Synchronised and Midnight Chase.
Lucy Rhodes, spokeswoman for William Hill; 'Whilst The Midnight Club has been firm Antepost market-leader in the run-up, and we expect him to go off favourite, we are bracing ourselves for a last-minute stampede as the once-a-year punters get stuck in on the day, and What A Friend looks a prime candidate with the Alex Ferguson factor likely to play a part.'
John Smith's Grand National: 8-1 The Midnight Club, 10-1 What A Friend, 12-1 Backstage, Big Fella Thanks, Oscar Time, 14-1 Ballabriggs, 16-1 Don't Push It, Silver By Nature, 18-1 Niche Market, 20-1 Bluesea Cracker, Junior, Quinz, 22-1 Arbor Supreme, 25-1 Hello Bud, State Of Play, 28-1 Becauseicouldntsee, 33-1 Calgary Bay, Character Building, Merigo, West End Rocker, 40-1 Chief Dan George, Galant Nuit, In Compliance, Majestic Concorde, Northern Alliance, Our Monty, Quolibet, Skippers Brig, Tidal Bay, Vic Venturi, 50-1 Always Waining, Ballyfitz, Belon Gale, Can't Buy Time, Comply Or Die, Dooneys Gate, Giles Cross, Golden Kite, Imoncloudnine, King Fontaine, Le Beau Bai, Or Noir de Somoza, Royal Rosa, Surface To Air, The Tother One, 66-1 Grand Slam Hero, Killyglen, Ornais, Pomme Tiepy, Regal Heights, Roll Along, Saddlers Storm, Sagalyrique, The Sawyer, Toby Jug, 100-1 Ambobo, Askthemaster, Duers, Faasel, Piraya, Putney Bridge, Santas Son, Starzaan, That's Rhythm, Treacle (EW ¼ 1,2,3,4)