With Many Clouds upsetting the horse racing odds for the Grand National back in April, after failing to become the first since Red Rum in 1974 to successfully defend his title, Rule The World certainly profited in his absence. However, with the Mouse Morris trained winner now having retired earlier in 2016, the field for next year’s National is already taking shape, with runner up The Last Samuri currently the favourite among the majority of bookmakers. Kim Bailey’s eight-year-old only narrowly missed out last time around, and is due to make his seasonal reappearance in the Champion Chase at Down Royal this weekend, before the countdown to the National begins.
Following successive wins at Kempton and Doncaster, The Last Samuri was in fact the joint favourite alongside Many Clouds with bookmakers Betway to claim a second Aintree victory for Bailey. Despite travelling powerfully for the majority of the race before eventually succumbing to Rule The World in the final lengths, the eight-year-old certainly demonstrated that Chestnut Gelding has what it takes to win a race of such stature. For those of you who fancy a horse racing bet on Bailey’s prized asset for next year’s iconic meeting, Betway currently offer favourable odds of 20/1.
For those looking to back a potential outsider in the hope of a repeat of Rule The World’s surprise win from earlier this year, Silviniaco Conti could well be in with a shout for trainer Paul Nicholls, with the ten-year-old currently at 50/1 with Betway. Why not take a bet on each-way odds, with the former King George VI Chase double winner and 2016 Ascot Chase winner seemingly in good form.
However, despite struggling back in April, eventually coming home last from those that finished at Aintree, Many Clouds is in fact also backed at 20/1 by Betway to win the National for a second time in three years. With little to separate the frontrunners at present, the likes of Gordon Elliott’s Don Poli, along with Vicente, The Young Master and Blaklion are all offered equal odds for Aintree.
Trainer Tom George will once again be looking to Saint Are as far as his chances of an Aintree winner are concerned, with the 2015 runner up pulling up in the closing stages in April. With horse racing odds of 40/1 with Betway, the ten-year-old could still have enough left in the tank to mount a serious challenge.