Bookmakers Go 10/1 The Field For 2010 Grand National

Published: 16:55 09/04/2010

On the eve of the 2010 John Smith's Grand National bookmakers Bet365 are out on a limb in going 10/1 the field and 1/4 the odds 12345. With only 19lb covering all 40 runners, this year's renewal looks like going down as one of the most open ever. 15 of the 27 runners in today's John Smith's Topham Chase completed the course, with jockeys claiming the ground to be drying out quickly. Conditions tomorrow should be just about perfect, and an exciting race, to rival last years event when a large number of runners were still in with a chance approaching the second last, looks assured. The Topham Chase was dominated by horses racing up with the pace, as Always Waining and Frankie Figg had the race between them when the latter unseated rider Wilson Renwick two out, leaving the former to come home alone. Jockey Brian Hughes enjoyed a trouble free passage on the winner, who was fourth in last years' event, and will partner outsider Beat The Boys for Nigel Twiston Davies in tomorrows big race. Even though Ruby Walsh's mount, Big Fella Thanks, is likely to go off favourite, the David Pipe trained The Package could be challenging for that position by 4.15pm tomorrow. Available at 16/1 this morning, Graham Lee's mount is now a 12/1 shot, although Ladbrokes are still holding their 14/1 at present. Outsiders that have been popular today include last seasons Scottish Grand National winner Hello Bud, as short as 28/1 but still available at a stand out 66/1 with Bet365, and Ballyfitz who, at a general 50/1, would have a major chance if putting in a clear round of jumping.

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