Kimberlite Candy has emerged as a legitimate threat for first place at this year’s Grand National event.
The gelding, trained by Tom Lacey, has seen odds shorten considerably after his Warwick’s Chase win on Saturday, a second straight impressive run in a trial for the Aintree marathon. Bookmakers were offering odds from 50/1 to 33/1 on the eight-year-old ahead of Saturday’s victory but odds are now as low as 14/1. At the time of writing, the best odds were found at 25/1 with William Hill and Betvictor, while Bet365 only just shortened from the previous figure to 20/1.
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At the moment, Tiger Roll remains the favourite for the Grand National at 5/1 with Ladbrokes while Burrows Saint is behind at 16/1. Betfair and Betvictor are offering 20/1 odds on Walk In The Mill and Native River is also 20/1 with Paddy Power. Magic Of Light is 25/1 with Coral and the same could be had on Elegant Escape with Betfred.
Where Kimberlite Candy is concerned, the gelding has already won two recognized Grand National trials, one of them over the same Aintree fences he will return to for the event.
“He’s a very special horse,” Lacey said after the Warwick run, via Racing Post. “We bought him as a three-year-old at the sales and he’s won his races every year and it’s really nice today he’s backed up his run in the Becher at Aintree, which is something he’s never done.
“The pattern’s there – he’s never backed up a good run, but he’s a different horse now. He’s a year older and everything he does in his work he’s taking better, whereas before he was always behind the bridle at home. I think he’s the finished article now.”
— Tom Lacey (@tflacey) January 12, 2020
Lacey claimed that soft ground will be necessary for the eight-year-old stayer to do well at Aintree but he’s run on soft ground or worse in two of his last four outings. Also, a lot could be said about his maiden victory over Secret Investor on good-to-soft ground in 2016.
“We’ll see about Aintree and the National as he’s ground-dependent; it’d have to be soft,” the trainer explained. “He’ll go up after that, but it’s an option.”
The buildup to Kimberlite Candy’s Grand National run is thought to be similar to One For Arthur’s route to glory at the event in 2017 and odds are likely to shorten even more as the event draws closer.
In the meantime, you’d do well to catch the ante-post deals before odds shorten even further. Barring an injury or another similar issue, Kimberlite Candy could be going into the race among the top favourites, with much shorter odds than those currently being offered.
The Grand National takes place on April 4 at the Aintree racecourse and is set to commence at 5:15 PM. You could see a full list of runners here.