It’s all change in the Scottish Grand National odds as the final 30 runners were declared today but Chicago Grey clings onto favouritism at 9/2 to win on Saturday.
The announcement of the 30 Scottish Grand National runners has made the ante post betting a lot easier and the confirmation that Neptune Collonges will run means 21 of the 30 runners will run out of the handicap.
Neptune Collonges will have to carry top weight of 11st 12lb if he is to win on Saturday and it’s his weight that has affected his odds of 20/1.
His official rating of 168 is a massive 68 points higher than the 30th Scottish Grand National entry Hot ‘N’ Holy, and because avid Thompson’s Hot ‘N’ Heavy is running an incredible 42lbs out of the handicap (49lbs including jockey’s allowance) he is the 200/1 outsider.
Blazing Bailey (12/1) is carrying the most weight after Neptunes Collonges but even he is 15lbs lighter.
Only one favourite has won in this millennium which doesn’t make good reading for supporters of Chicago Grey, but both Beshabar (6/1) and The Minack (8/1) could be challenging for favouritism on Saturday.
The fact Ruby Walsh takes the ride on The Minack rather than Neptunes Collonges would suggest he is the stronger Paul Nicholls chance, but with champion jockey AP McCoy on board Neptunes Collonges, both Nicholls’ runners will get a strong ride.
The Scottish Grand National betting is tight with half of the runners available at 20/1 or under.
But with Neptunes Collonges’ official rating effectively ruling out half of the field, concentrating on the head of the betting is a good marker for punters looking to place a bet on this weekend’s Scottish Grand National.
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