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The Grand National 2022 is less than four months away and Paddy Power’s antepost betting market for the Aintree extravaganza is taking shape amid a hectic period of festive action.
The Welsh Grand National was an attritional slog on soft ground as only five of the 20 runners completed the stamina-sapping course at Chepstow. The Sam Thomas-trained Iwilldoit was an impressive 9l winner despite being out of the handicap. It confirmed the form after cruising to victory in the Welsh Grand National Trial at the start of the month.
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Our traders reacted to Iwilldoit’s storming success by pricing the eight-year-old at 20/1 on first showing in our antepost market for the Grand National 2022.
Secret Reprieve was a hot fancy in last season’s betting for the Grand National after triumphing in the Welsh Grand National but failed to make the final field of 40 on ratings. Evan Williams’ stable star was the last home at Chepstow on Monday when defending his title and has drifted in our early betting for Aintree’s April showpiece.
School Boy Hours entered our Grand National 2022 antepost market at 33/1 after a hard-fought win in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown. It was a maiden win over fences for the eight-year-old, a son of Presenting, whose progeny includes 2011 Grand National winner Ballabriggs.
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The Aintree connections continue as School Boy Hours is owned by JP McManus, whose horse Minella Times won last season’s renewal. The Irish businessman’s first triumph in the world’s greatest steeplechase came in 2010 when Don’t Push It was first past the post with Tony McCoy in the saddle.
Galvin was mooted as a Grand National hopeful after a winning return to the track in the Irish Daily Star Chase at Punchestown in October but the Cheltenham Gold Cup looks to be the target for Gordon Elliott’s progressive seven-year-old after a stunning success in the Grade 1 Savills Chase.
The market leader in our Grand National antepost book, Galvin is now second favourite in the early betting for the Cheltenham Festival showpiece after getting the better of A Plus Tard at Leopardstown.
Stablemate Run Wild Fred broke his maiden status over fences in the Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan last month to take a prominent place in the betting. The Irish Grand National runner-up was attempting to follow up in the Grade 1 Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown but a jumping blunder saw him finish second behind Fury Road.
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