The Last Samuri is now one of three 12/1 co-favourites for the Grand National following his 10-length runaway success in the Grimthorpe Stakes at Doncaster.
His appeal for the Aintree showpiece is threefold:
However, all of the juice now appears to have gone out of his price, as he shares favouritism with defending champion Many Clouds and Silviniaco Conti.
And those considering having a bet on any of the Grand National market leaders may discover that the biggest profits are in the pipeline for the latter of this trio.
While The Last Samuri remains largely inexperienced, Silviniaco Conti is a 10-year-old that has been round the block and back in both directions, being a seven-time Grade 1 winner in a successful career.
His current mark of 163 is 14lb below that when considered to be at his best back in 2014, but his victory in the Ascot Chase last time proposed that he is far from a horse past his best.
A breathing operation prior to that contest, alongside the fitting of first-time blinkers, appeared to work the oracle as Silvinaco Conti romped clear in the latter stages to prevail by 20 lengths.
He also has good record at Aintree with three victories, although each of these were over the slightly easier Mildmay course and not over the National fences.
What is notable about the Paul Nicholls horse is that he is at his best when getting into a jumping rhythm and a metronomic jumping style is advantageous in the Grand National. It is a race that has the ingredients to play to his strengths.
Missing the Cheltenham Festival means Silviniaco Conti can now fully prepare for the National and five of the last six winners have been aged 10 or older.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.