Grand National Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Bookmakers Braced For McCoy Megapunt

Bookmakers William Hill are braced for a mammoth punting week on AP McCoy, with millions of pounds set to be wagered on his ride Shutthefrontdoor in Saturday's Grand National.

The soon-to-be 20 time Champion jockey rides the favourite, Shutthefrontdoor, who is currently odds of 7-1 with William Hill, but is widely expected to start at much shorter odds, likely to be fuelled by a multimillion pound sentimental gamble on McCoy, who will retire immediately after the race if he wins.

Speaking to William Hill Radio, McCoy said he won’t be changing his approach, despite the fact he is on the favourite and it will be his last ever ride in the race:

“It’s the most famous horse race in the world, but if I was lucky enough to win it, it would be my last ever ride and my last ever winner. That would be a bit of a fairy-tale and I’m not even sure I’m silly enough to dream that could happen.

Hopefully Shutthefrontdoor has got a good chance. Obviously beforehand I’ll have mixed feelings, but when the time actually comes, once the race starts it will be as normal to be honest.”

William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke said: “Bookmakers could be smashed for a huge sum. There could well be a record number of bets on AP McCoy and Shutthefrontdoor and it will be a colossal payout for punters stretching in to the tens of millions of pounds should the fairy-tale story come true.”

McCoy could also hit the bookies hard on Monday as he starts the week on the Irish Grand National favourite Cantlow - the worst result in the race by a considerable margin for William Hill.

William Hill Odds - Irish Grand National: 8-1 Cantlow, 12-1 If In Doubt, Perfect Gentleman, 14-1 Champagne James, Empire Of Dirt, Grand Jesture, Los Amigos, Lots Of Memories, Pass The Hat, Vics Canvas, 16-1 My Murphy, The Job Is Right, 20-1 No Secrets, Rivage D’Or, Tammys Hill, Thunder And Roses, 25-1 Alpha Victor, Daring Article, Dogora, Rule The World, Sizing Coal, The Crafty Butcher, 33-1 Alderwood, Band Of Blood, Clar Na Mionn, Lion Na Bearnai, Rogue Angel, Shes Got Grit, Silver Tassie, Usuel Smurfer, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

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William Hill Odds - Crabbie’s Grand National: 7-1 Shutthefrontdoor, 10-1 Rocky Creek, 11-1 Balthazar King, 14-1 The Druids Nephew, 20-1 Alvarado, Cause Of Causes, Godsmejudge, Soll, Spring Heeled, 25-1 Many Clouds, Pineau De Re, Royale Knight, Unioniste, 33-1 Al Co, Broadway Buffalo, First Lieutenant, Goonyella, Guess Again, Monbeg Dude, Night In Milan, Rebel Rebellion, Saint Are, The Package, 40-1 Across The Bay, Ballycasey, Chance Du Roy, Dolatulo, Gallant Oscar, Hadrians Approach, Lord Windermere, Mon Parrain, Owega Star, Portrait King, Raz De Maree, Wyck Hill, 50-1 OR BIGGER THE REST (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4 – Non Runner Money Back, Best Odds Guaranteed)