Grand National Betting News
|Saturday 5th April 2014|
Monbeg Dude could have his prep run for the Crabbie's Grand National at Doncaster next month after a minor setback ruled him out of the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock on Saturday.
"I'm gutted really. He just didn't scope 100 per cent right this morning. The decision was taken out of our hands. The way he scoped he couldn't run," said Scudamore of the nine-year-old, whose owners include former England rugby union international Mike Tindall, husband of the Queen's granddaughter, Zara Phillips.
"We were all looking forward to going on Saturday. It had been his target for some time. It's a huge disappointment for all of us, but it's nothing serious and he'll have a week or so on antibiotics and he'll be fine. We'll have to have a sit down as a group and decide where we head next.
"It's disappointing but it's not Aintree in April and there are other options we can look at. Ideally we'd like to stick to chasing. We'll look at the Grimthorpe at Doncaster if he's recovered in time. We'll have to have a look. There are lots of options. We'll just have to see how he is and take it from there. Doncaster would be one of the favourites at the moment."
Trainer Nicky Henderson is targeting the Grand National after seeing Long Run return to form with victory in the Ivan Straker Memorial Chase at Kelso on February 13.
And afterwards Henderson confirmed that he would now aim Long Run at a crack at the Grand National.
"The principal objective is the Grand National," Henderson told Racing UK.
"I said to Sam (Waley-Cohen) to ride him like a good horse and get a lead and the hardest thing was to stop him going to the front. The horse has enjoyed himself today and that was the main objective.
"I think the Cheltenham Gold Cup is looking pretty competitive at the moment, but we'll keep an eye on it, otherwise Aintree is where we'd really like to go.
"A couple of years ago I wouldn't have thought he was the right horse, but his jumping is now more Anglais than Franglais. I think he'll love the fences."
Long Run can be backed at 20/1 with bet365 to win the Grand National at Aintree in March, with Colbert Station 25/1 and Tidal Bay 16/1.
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Punters have decided Teaforthree is the pick of the weights for the Aintree Grand National on April 5th. The ten-year-old finished third last year behind Aurora’s Encore carrying 11st 3lb and has been set to carry 5lbs less this time.
He has officially been given a rating of 149, just 2lbs lower than last year, but he is almost a stone better off with Monbeg Dude for half a length on 2013 Welsh National form. He disappointed on his next start at Haydock but trainer Rebecca Curtis blamed that on his overnight stay.
The son of Oscar was sent up to Aintree on the morning of the National and ran a fine race, leading two from home before being outpaced on the run-in. He was available at 25-1 when the weights were announced on Tuesday but is now joint-favourite at 16-1 with Coral.
If Ascot beats the weather, Teaforthree could be in action this weekend and is line for a possible clash with Nicky Henderson’s Hunt Ball. Both horses hold two entries on the Ascot card, the Grade 1 Ascot Chase over two miles five furlongs and the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Chase over three miles.
Hunt Ball was previously trained by Keiran Burke and stormed through the handicap in 2012. He began the season rated just 85 but had risen to 154 by the time he finished third in a Grade 1 chase at Aintree.
He has since failed in an ambitious attempt at steeplechasing in the USA but Henderson reports him to be showing signs of his old form at Lambourn recently. He has been allotted 11st 7lb for the National in which Henderson also has Triolo D’Alene, Long Run and Shakalakaboomboom.
Tidal Bay has also attracted plenty of interest after the popular 13-year-old was given a generous 7lb concession by the handicapper. Paul Nicholls was understandably delighted with his weight and he currently shares favouritism with Teaforthree.
Jonjo O’Neill’s Burton Port who finished fourth in the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup has attracted some each-way support for the National at 33-1.