|No.||Silks||Horse Name||Jockey||Best Odds||Bookmaker||Free Bet|
|1||Synchronised||A P McCoy||9/1||bet365||£200|
|3||Weird Al||Timmy Murphy||66/1||BetVictor||£100|
|4||Neptune Collonges||Daryl Jacob||40/1||Boylesports||£20|
|5||Calgary Bay||Domonic Elsworth||40/1||William Hill||Bet Now|
|6||Alfa Beat||D N Russell||66/1||Boylesports||£20|
|7||Planet Of Sound||Richard Johnson||33/1||Stan James||£10|
|8||Black Apalachi||Dennis O’Regan||40/1||bet365||£200|
|9||Deep Purple||Jamie Moore||100/1||bet365||£200|
|11||Chicago Grey||P Carberry||18/1||William Hill||Bet Now|
|13||Seabass||Ms K Walsh||12/1||Ladbrokes||Bet Now|
|15||West End Rocker||Wayne Hutchinson||14/1||bet365||£200|
|16||According To Pete||Harry Haynes||33/1||Paddy Power||£20|
|17||On His Own||Ruby Walsh||20/1||Ladbrokes||Bet Now|
|18||Always Right||James Reveley||33/1||bet365||£200|
|19||Cappa Bleu||Paul Maloney||18/1||bet365||£200|
|20||Rare Bob||Bryan J Cooper||40/1||bet365||£200|
|21||Organisedconfusion||Miss N Carberry||20/1||bet365||£200|
|22||Treacle||A E Lynch||22/1||William Hill||Bet Now|
|23||The Midnight Club||P Townend||40/1||bet365||£200|
|24||Mon Mome||Aidan Coleman||66/1||bet365||£200|
|25||Arbor Supreme||M P Walsh||100/1||bet365||£200|
|27||Killyglen||R M Power||20/1||bet365||£200|
|28||Quiscover Fontaine||D J Casey||66/1||bet365||£200|
|29||Tharawaat||B T O’Connell||200/1||bet365||£200|
|30||Becauseicouldntsee||D J Condon||22/1||bet365||£200|
|31||State Of Play||Noel Fehily||50/1||bet365||£200|
|32||Swing Bill||C O’Farrell||125/1||bet365||£200|
|34||Giles Cross||Paddy Brennan||18/1||BetVictor||£100|
|35||Midnight Haze||Sean Quinlan||100/1||bet365||£200|
|36||Vic Venturi||Harry Skelton||80/1||bet365||£200|
|37||In Compliance||N P MAdden||150/1||bet365||£200|
|38||Viking Blond||Brian Hughes||125/1||bet365||£200|
|39||Hello Bud||Sam Twiston-Davies||100/1||bet365||£200|
|40||Neptune Equester||Felix De Giles||150/1||bet365||£200|
Grand National Preview
The standard has never been higher when it comes to the renewal of this world famous race which will see a clutch of quality horses tackle the likes of Valentine’s, Foinavon and the infamous Becher’s Brook which has been modified in recent years to make it safer for the horses.
Synchronised will be a popular Grand National punt
The horse at the top of the weights is also the 2012 Grand National favourite and SYNCHRONISED will not only be carrying 11-10 on his back but also the expectations of many punters. The nine-year-old could go off as short as 6/1 although odds of 9/1 (Paddy Power) are currently available about the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner.
Synchronised is clearly a classy animal and AP McCoy on his back will attract more punters towards this horse, although this is a lot of weight for the Jonjo O’Neill-trained charge to be carrying on his back. No horse has won this race carrying this heavy load since Red Rum claimed a second victory in 1974.
Ballabriggs aiming to win back-to-back Nationals
There is also the small matter of 39 other horses lining up for this Aintree extravaganza and that includes BALLABRIGGS, the 2011 winner who has been lightly raced since that success twelve months ago. The 11-year-old has had just one outing this season and we can be pretty philosophical about a 4th placed finish at Kelso.
However, the Donald McCain charge will be carrying similar weight to Synchronised and it could pay to look further down the pecking order to find our 2012 National winner. TREACLE fits the profile in many ways and will have a stone less on his back, with odds of 22/1 (Bet365 free bets) currently available about the 11-year-old.
Ruby Walsh and Katie Walsh hope to keep it in the family
The Tom Taaffe horse ran a blinder when finishing second to Cross Appeal at Leopardstown in December and third to Quel Esprit in the Hennessy wasn’t too shabby either. Another Irish raider with decent claims is SEABASS who has won on his last seven outings and will be ridden by Katie Walsh, brother of Ruby.
The horse is unbeaten in over two years and can be backed at 22/1 (Stan James bookmaker) to win the Grand National, although it is clearly telling that Ruby Walsh has opted to ride something else and ON HIS OWN could be the subject of a big gamble leading up to the race.
The eight-year-old is trained by Willie Mullins and hacked up at Gowran Park in January when beating the field by 13 lengths. Further improvement from the 16/1 chance (William Hill) could see him among the first few home.
West End Rocker, Junior and Cappa Bleu among race favourites
There are lots of English horses in with a chance of success at the 2012 Grand National and that includes the talented WEST END ROCKER, with the Alan King stable looking to be in decent nick after the first day’s racing at Aintree. The ten-year-old won the Becher Handicap Chase in December and looks a tempting bet at 14/1.
David Pipe has won this race before with Comply or Die and now looks to do the same with JUNIOR, a horse that won the Kim Muir at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival but has subsequently disappointed and the nine-year-old was narrowly touched off in the Grimthorpe Chase.
We prefer the chances of CAPPA BLEU who is carrying a reasonable 10:10 on his back and hasn’t finished outside of the top three this season, winning at Haydock before solid third place finishes in the Welsh National and a three-mile chase at Ascot.
Lively outside chances for the Grand National
At odds of 25/1 (William Hill), SUNNYHILLBOY can just about be classed as an outsider, although there was everything to like about the nine-year-old’s victory in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival, with the Irish raider having previously won a hurdle race at Aintree in 2009.
THE MIDNIGHT CLUB was the 15/2 favourite to win the 2011 Grand National and managed to finish sixth under Ruby Walsh, with the 11-year-old being given five pounds left to carry this year, something which could make it a viable proposition at 40/1.
Then there is STATE OF PLAY, a horse that hasn’t been seen since finishing fourth in last year’s race and the Evan Williams-trained horse was previously third to Don’t Push It in 2010. At the age of 12, it could be his last chance of Grand National glory and odds of 50/1 look sound enough to us.