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2011 Grand National Tip #4: Punters in no state to play around

| 08.04.2011

The 2011 Grand National favourite will be either The Midnight Club, Backstage or What A Friend and considering they will go off around 6/1 or 7/1, State Of Play holds all the value in the Grand National betting.

At 25/1 to win the Grand National, State Of Play is offering punters just over 6/1 that he continues to do what he does so well and finishes in the top four.

Two runs in two Grand Nationals with a third and fourth place finishes means the Welsh hope loves these fences and off a lower weight than last year, can surely run into a place and could make it third time lucky.

Evan Williams’ sole focus for the 2010 Grand National was getting State Of Play fit enough to improve on his 2009 performance when, as a nine-year-old, he finished fourth.

Having jumped the last fence of the 2010 Grand National in sixth, with the front two clear, State of Play strode past the three in front to finish third and fulfil Williams’ wish of bettering his 2009 result.

A Grand National winner it may not have been, but it’s a feat the trainer was after and Williams has decided to keep State Of Play in his stable all year in preparation for the 2011 Grand National in his attempts to go two better.

State Of Play will be 5lbs lighter than last year when the 40 Grand National runners line up for the start of the 2011 race, and that weight allowance can prove the difference between a third place finish and a first place finish.

With Ladbrokes offering a Grand National free bet for new customers, a State Of Play bet could become a risk-free bet.

A £20 stake on State Of Play winning the Grand National would return £520. New customers can sign up here to get £60 in free bets.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.