The recent announcement by Ruby Walsh that he will ride The Midnight Club in the 2011 Grand National seems to have had a strong impact on punters.
The Willie Mullin’s ten-year-old was already the favourite in the ante-post betting markets but the price shortened from a widely available 10/1 into 8/1 across the board.
Similarly, the smart money for the 2011 grand national seems to be supporting the well-regarded Chief Dan George. The James Moffatt-trained eleven-year-old has shortened from 40/1 into 25/1 despite falling in the Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
Another 25/1 shot that is attracting attention is Becauseicouldntsee. The well-liked eight-year-old is the first entry in the National for owner and trainer Noel Glynn and is expected to go well.
The horse has good form with a second place behind Poker de Sivola in the 2010 National Hunt Chase and grabbed a good runner-up place in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown in December.
The horse prefers a left-handed track and is a good jumper so should cope well with the Aintree conditions.
Meanwhile, Henrietta Knight is hoping that Calgary Bay can deliver her first Grand National win. The popular trainer has enjoyed three Cheltenham Gold Cup victories with Best Mate but is yet to enjoy success in the Aintree race.
The eight-year-old certainly has his supporters but the fact that the horse has never raced further than 3 1/2 miles leaves some big doubts. Knight feels that the horse will cope with the race distance given his strong jumping abilities and will hope that ground conditions stay on the firm side. At a best price of 33/1 it should be expected that the horse will attract some each way money and will be worth watching.