Ballabriggs backed for Aintree repeat

  • Last Updated: April 1 2013, 14:19 BST

The Donald McCain-trained Ballabriggs was the horse in demand on Monday morning for Saturday's Grand National after 49 horses stood their ground at the five day entry stage with Coral cutting his odds to 20/1 from 25/1.

Ballabriggs: Well backed for another National win

"Any horse in the Grand National with the name McCain next to it will always be one of the best backed in the race and it would be no surprise to see Ballabriggs go off nearer to 10/1 from 20/1 come racetime," said Simon Clare, Coral Spokesman.

Bookmakers are estimating that £150 million will be bet on the Grand National with the switch to Channel 4 from BBC1 not expected to have any negative impact on betting turnover on the race.

Clare added: "Grand National Day is part of the fabric of British society with up to half the adult population placing a bet on the race every year.

"The race always gets loads of coverage on television and radio news bulletins and features on the front page of most of the national newspapers so there is no reason why it won't be as big and as popular as ever, regardless of which channel it is broadcast on.

"Grand National Day remains racing and betting's biggest showcase opportunity and whilst this year's race also has a keen spotlight being shone on welfare and safety, the sport and bookmakers should promote the event with great confidence and pride."

William Hill are sure that On His Own will start favourite for the big race.

It is worth noting that the biggest single bet in the race with Hills has come for the favourite - £8,000 on On His Own at 9/1.

Since it was announced that the former Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander was going for the race he has been really well backed, with the biggest bet noted £500 each way at 33/1.

As things stand, the nightmare result for William Hill on Saturday would be a win for the favourite On His Own with Seabass, Imperial Commander and Cappa Bleu.

William Hill spokesman, Richard Thomas, said: "The build-up to the greatest race in the world stepped up a gear today with the five-day declarations, which saw 49 horses left in the big race.

"Our traders have revealed the key information from their ante-post fieldbooks, and it is no surprise that the worst result for William Hill will involve the Walsh family.

"Ruby is set to ride the favourite, On His Own, with sister Katie on Seabass.

"Old favourites Imperial Commander and Cappa Bleu are another pair that we hope fail to make the frame on Saturday."