Big Mover In Grand National Odds After Weights Revealed

Big Mover In Grand National Odds After Weights Revealed

Trainer Paul Nicholls looks to have another live one for the Grand National, after his Give Me A Cooper was slashed in the Aintree betting, following the unveiling of the 2019 Grand National weights.

At a star-studded lunch in Liverpool, the city home to Aintree and the Grand National, three-time Grade 1 winner Bristol De Mai was announced as this year's topweight for the world's most famous chase.

The eight-year-old will carry 11st 10lb, should he line up for owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, his lofty presence in the field meaning at present, last year's fourth Anibale Fly is set to carry 2lbs less than last year at 11st 6lb.

It also means that the last horse amongst the 110 entries guaranteed a run at this stage is the Jessica Harrington-trained Sandymount Duke, he, former Welsh National winner Monbeg Notorious, and 2016 Paddy Power chase scorer Noble Endeavor all booked for bottom weight of 10st 6lb.

Will Market Mover Get In?

Paul Nicholls, who won the 2012 Grand National with grey Neptune Collonges, has his market mover Give Me A Copper weighted at number 60 on that entries list, well below the cut-off of 40, but was nevertheless cut from 50/1 to 33/1 in the 2019 Grand National betting - his odds shift the biggest move in the market.

BHA handicapper Martin Greenwood, who framed the weights for the first time, explained Give Me A Cooper's chances of making the final Grand National field on Saturday, April 6.

“At the entry stage, you needed to be around the mid-70s to get you into the race," he said. "I think anything based in the top 80 has a chance of getting in. Four of the last five years, horses approaching that number have got in, so some connections shouldn’t give up because they are rated towards the bottom.”

With seven weeks until the big race, the lightly-raced nine-year-old has plenty of time to move up from 10st 1lb in the weights. He returned to action at Sandown (watch below) earlier this month, having been off the track since winning his second chase start at Kempton in November 2017.

Staying on to be fourth in that valuable 3m handicap chase (above), Give Me A Copper went in to many notebooks, and Nicholl has now said the first target is the Ultima Handicap Chase at next month's Cheltenham Festival, for which he is now the red-hot 6/1 favourite.

His fellow Grand National entry Singlefarmpayment is next in the betting at 12/1.

Auvergnat 'Hard To Weigh Up'

Speaking about his first experience of framing the Grand National weights, Greenwood highlighted the Enda Bolger-trained Auvergnat as the toughest horse to weight, with Vintage Clouds and Elegant Escape other eye-catchers.

“I found Auvergnat (10st 8lb) of Enda Bolger’s hard to weigh up," he said. "He has a lot of Cross Country form, and he was the hardest one I had to deal with. He has been running primarily in Cross Country races and they are events which are having an increasing impact on the Grand National, highlighted by Tiger Roll’s success last year.

"He would almost have three different ratings, one in the mid-140s for regulation fences, a high 150s for the Cross Country fences, and I have put him somewhere in the middle of that (152) to tie in with Josies Orders [who he also has form with]."

Tiger Roll (11st 1lb) has been raised 9lbs in the handicap after last year's Grand National win, close second Pleasant Company (10st 11lb) going up 7lbs. Despite the rises, Tiger Roll shares 20/1 favouritism with the up-and-coming Elegant Escape.

Greenwood added: “I think there are several interesting runners like Vintage Clouds and Elegant Escape, who is towards the top of the betting and he is an improving horse and was a good second to Frodon at Cheltenham last time out, so you can see why he is one of the more fancied horses."

Grand National 2019 Weights - Top 40

HorseAgeWgtRatingOwnerTrainer
1)BRISTOL DE MAI (FR)811-10168Simon Munir & Isaac SouedeNigel Twiston-Davies
2)ANIBALE FLY (FR)911-06164J P McManusTony Martin IRE
3)ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR)911-04162Gigginstown House StudGordon Elliott IRE
4)ELEGANT ESCAPE (IRE)711-04162John RomansColin Tizzard
5)THE STORYTELLER (IRE)811-03161Pat SloanGordon Elliott IRE
6)VALTOR (FR)1011-02160Simon Munir & Isaac SouedeNicky Henderson
7)EDWULF1011-01159J P McManusJoseph O'Brien IRE
8)TIGER ROLL (IRE)911-01159Gigginstown House StudGordon Elliott IRE
9)OUTLANDER (IRE)1111-00158Gigginstown House StudGordon Elliott IRE
10)DON POLI (IRE)1010-13157Gigginstown House StudGordon Elliott IRE
11)GO CONQUER (IRE)1010-13157Paul & Clare RooneyNigel Twiston-Davies
12)SUB LIEUTENANT (IRE)1010-13157Gigginstown House StudHenry de Bromhead IRE
13)BLAKLION1010-12156Simon Such & Gino PalettaNigel Twiston-Davies
14)MALA BEACH (IRE)1110-12156Chris JonesGordon Elliott IRE
15)YALA ENKI (FR)910-12156Hills of Ledbury (Aga)Venetia Williams
16)BALLYOPTIC (IRE)910-11155Mills & Mason PartnershipNigel Twiston-Davies
17)BLACK CORTON (FR)810-11155The Brooks, Stewart Families & J KylePaul Nicholls
18)LAKE VIEW LAD (IRE)910-11155Trevor HemmingsNick Alexander
19)MINELLA ROCCO (IRE)910-11155J P McManusJonjo O'Neill
20)PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE)1110-11155Malcolm DenmarkWillie Mullins IRE
21)AMERICAN (FR)910-10154The Jago Family PartnershipHarry Fry
22)DOUNIKOS (FR)810-10154Gigginstown House StudGordon Elliott IRE
23)ONE FOR ARTHUR (IRE)1010-10154Two Golf WidowsLucinda Russell
24)RATHVINDEN (IRE)1110-10154Ronnie BartlettWillie Mullins IRE
25)SHATTERED LOVE (IRE)810-10154Gigginstown House StudGordon Elliott IRE
26)SIZING CODELCO (IRE)1010-10154Ann & Alan Potts LimitedColin Tizzard
27)TOTAL RECALL (IRE)1010-10154Slaneyville SyndicateWillie Mullins IRE
28)TRAFFIC FLUIDE (FR)910-10154Galloping On The South Downs PartnershipGary Moore
29)ROCK THE KASBAH (IRE)910-09153Diana WhateleyPhilip Hobbs
30)WARRIORS TALE1010-09153Trevor HemmingsPaul Nicholls
31)AUVERGNAT (FR)910-08152J P McManusEnda Bolger IRE
32)REGAL ENCORE (IRE)1110-08152J P McManusAnthony Honeyball
33)ROYAL VACATION (IRE)910-08152Jean BishopColin Tizzard
34)A TOI PHIL (FR)910-07151Gigginstown House StudGordon Elliott IRE
35)JURY DUTY (IRE)810-07151Sideways SyndicateGordon Elliott IRE
36)MAGIC OF LIGHT (IRE)810-07151Ann & Alan Potts LimitedJessica Harrington IRE
37)MASTER DEE (IRE)1010-07151Paul & Clare RooneyFergal O'Brien
38)MONBEG NOTORIOUS (IRE)810-06150Gigginstown House StudGordon Elliott IRE
39)NOBLE ENDEAVOR (IRE)1010-06150Chris JonesGordon Elliott IRE
40)SANDYMOUNT DUKE (IRE)1010-06150Ronnie WoodJessica Harrington IRE

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