Grand National Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Mullins Set For Seven Or More Winners

William Hill make it 7-4 favourite that Willie Mullins trains seven or more winners at Aintree’s Grand National meeting, which gets underway on Thursday.

The opening day see four Grade 1 races, with familiar horses topping the betting for each of those contests.

In the Manifesto Novices’ Chase, Sizing John, L’Ami Serge and Garde La Victoire are not separated by much in the betting, with Sizing John marginally the most popular with punters.

In the Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle, Triumph Hurdle winner Ivanovich Gorbatov is the 11-10 favourite, with William Hill laying very little in opposition.

The Bowl Chase looks an intriguing race, with Cue Card Even-Money and Djakadam at 5-2. Don Poli is attracting the most support at 6-1, but William Hill are standing firm.

“We are out to get Don Poli, we don’t fancy him at all and while we would normally be shortening him up given the amount of cash he is attracting, we are happy to lay him,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Annie Power is 4-7 favourite for the Aintree Hurdle and looks tough to beat.

In the Grand National, Morning Assembly is the current momentum horse – he’s been cut to 25-1 from 33-1.


1.40 Aintree Merseyrail Manifesto Novices’ Chase: 11-4 Sizing John, 3-1 L’Ami Serge, 7-2 Garde La Victoire, 6-1 Arzal, 8-1 Rock The World, 9-1 Bouvreuil, 20-1 Volnay De Thaix, 25-1 Aso, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

2.15 Aintree Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle: 11-10 Ivanovich Gorbatov, 7-2 Apple’s Jade, 5-1 Footpad, 9-1 Diego Du Charmil, 14-1 Romain De Senam, 16-1 Sceau Royal, 20-1 Khezerabad, 25-1 Azzuri, 33-1 Doubly Clever, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

2.50 Aintree Bowl Chase: Evens Cue Card, 5-2 Djakadam, 6-1 Don Poli, 14-1 Saphir Du Rheu, 20-1 Irish Cavalier, 25-1 Taquin Du Seuil, 33-1 Houblon Des Obeaux, 50-1 Dynaste, Wakanda, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

3.25 Aintree Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle: 4-7 Annie Power, 9-2 Nichols Canyon, 8-1 My Tent Or Yours, The New One, 20-1 Camping Ground, 50-1 Court Minstrel, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)


Crabbie’s Topham Steeple Chase: 8-1 Village Vic, 14-1 Bouvreuil, Empire Of Dirt, Killer Crow, Pacha du Polder, Rathlin, Turban, 16-1 As De Mee, Bennys Mist, Eastlake, Ruben Cotter, 20-1 Ballycasey, Bishops Road, Cocktails At Dawn, Dromnea, Fairy Rath, Minella Reception, Pass The Hat, Tennis Cap, Voix D’Eau, 25-1 Ballykan, Blood Cotil, Croco Bay, Dare To Endeavour, Gray Hession, Gullinbursti, Katachenko, La Vaticane, Mr Moonshine, Sir Des Champs, 33-1 Al Alfa, Baileys Concerto, Distime, Gallery Exhibition, Third Intention, Top Cat Henry, Witness In Court, 40-1 Anquetta, Astracad, Monkey Kingdom, Rouge Et Blanc, 50-1 Big Casino, Corrin Wood, The Italian Yob, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

Silver Cross Stayers’ Hurdle: 2-5 Thistlecrack, 6-1 Alpha Des Obeaux, Vroum Vroum Mag, 8-1 Different Gravey, Nichols Canyon, 14-1 Prince Of Scars, 16-1 Saphir Du Rheu, 20-1 If In Doubt, Shaneshill, 50-1 Aqalim, At Fishers Cross, Ubak, 150-1 Serienschock, 200-1 Minella Daddy, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

JLT Melling Chase: 2-7 Vautour, 9-2 Al Ferof, 14-1 God’s Own, 20-1 Vibrato Valtat, 40-1 Somersby, 50-1 Clarcam, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)

2016 Crabbie’s Grand National Chase: 7-1 Many Clouds, 10-1 The Last Samuri, 12-1 Silviniaco Conti, 16-1 Holywell, Saint Are, The Druids Nephew, 20-1 Bishops Road, Cause Of Causes, Gallant Oscar, Goonyella, Shutthefrontdoor, 25-1 Boston Bob, Kruzhlinin, Morning Assembly, 33-1 First Lieutenant, O’Faolains Boy, Triolo D’Alene, Ucello Conti, Unioniste, 40-1 Alvarado, Gilgamboa, Just A Par, Le Reve, Midnight Prayer, On His Own, Onenightinvienna, Sir Des Champs, 50-1 Black Thunder, Buywise, Double Seven, Hadrian’s Approach, Highland Lodge, Mountainous, Perfect Candidate, Pineau De Re, Royale Knight, Rule The World, Soll, The Romford Pele, Wonderful Charm, 66-1 Ballynagour, Double Ross, Firebird Flyer, Katenko, Knock House, Pendra, Rocky Creek, Vics Canvas, Vieux Lion Rouge, 80-1 Ballycasey, Present View, 100-1 Aachen, Bally Beaufort, Benvolio, Bless The Wings, Cogry, Dare To Endeavour, Emperor’s Choice, Gas Line Boy, Golden Wonder, Home Farm, Milborough, Mr Moonshine, Portrait King, Rivage D’Or, Rogue Angel, Russe Blanc, Splash Of Ginge, Woodford County, 125-1 Bob Ford, 150-1 Amigo, Any Currency, Corrin Wood, Doing Fine, Indian Castle, Maggio, No Secrets, Saroque, Standing Ovation, Summery Justice, Wyck Hill, 200-1 Aerlite Supreme, Big Water, Financial Climate, Harry The Viking, Ikorodu Road, Tour Des Champs, (Each Way 1/4 Odds Places 1,2,3,4)


How Many Winners Will Willie Mullins Train At 2016 Aintree Grand National:

9/2      Four Or Less

11/4    Five

2/1      Six

7/4      Seven Or More

To Train The Winner Of The 2016 Grand National:

2/1      Any Irish Trained Winner

11/2    Paul Nicholls Trained Winner

12/1    Willie Mullins Trained Winner

All Horses To Clear The First Fence: 11/8

2015/16 National Hunt Trainers’ Championship:

2/5      Willie Mullins

7/4      Paul Nicholls