Silver By Nature 12/1 to become third grey to win the National

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It’s the biggest and most popular race of the horse racing calendar, but there is one woman that doesn’t view the Grand National with so much excitement.

Joyce Brown, wife to Geoff Brown, owner of St Johnstone football Club and Grand National favourite Silver By Nature, will take a lot of persuading should the couples’ horse attempt to justify his favouritism in the Grand National.

Having run the Grand National Trial field ragged at Haydock on Saturday Ladbrokes cut Silver By Nature to 12/1 from 40/1 to win the Grand National, but whether Scotland’s finest appears in the race remains uncertain.

Scotland have only ever had the one Grand National winner – 32 years ago when Rubstic took the honours – and considering there have only ever been two grey horses that have won the National, Mrs Brown may have a point.

Mr and Mrs Brown have a huge emotional attachment to Silver By Nature and sending their star around the testing fences of Aintree racecourse is proving a difficult decision.

Which is why customers looking to put an ante post bet on the Grand National may want to study the Grand National betting market a little but harder.

New customers to Ladbrokes.com can sign up here for a free Grand National bet worth £25, and with plenty of value to be found in the Grand National odds, there is plenty a pretty penny to be made.

State of Play stands out among the 80 current entries and the Evan Williams-trained 11-year-old who finished 3rd in the 2010 Grand National and 4th in the 2009 Grand National, is a big price at 25/1 to triumph this year.

Carry 5lb’s less than last year, the horse carrying the hopes of Wales is well weighted in his bid to win the Grand National at the third time of asking and will provide punters a strong run for their money.

A £25 stake on State of Play winning the Grand National would return £650. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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