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Don’t Push It heads Grand National betting as entries close

| 02.02.2011

102 horses have been entered for the Grand National after the entry stage closed today, but there is no Denman in the field.

Having never won the Grand National, Paul Nicholls has entered 10 horses but his Gold Cup winner Denman, who was a 14/1 shot to win the Grand National, will not line up at Aintree.

Last year’s winner Don’t Push It remains favourite with Ladbrokes at 14/1, while Ballabriggs, the ante post choice for many punters, is available at 16/1 to win the Grand National.

New customers to Ladbrokes.com wishing to have a ante post punt on the Grand National can sign up here for a free Grand National bet worth £25.

Having secured his first ever Grand National win on Don’t Push It last year, AP McCoy will be torn between riding the horse that provided him with his most satisfying career win, or Welsh National winner Synchronised (20/1 to win the National).

Don’t Push It will carry a lot more weight on his back in this year’s race after winning last year, and the weight may be the reason why McCoy chooses to ride something else.

But while McCoy broke his Grand National duck in 2010, champion trainer Paul Nicholls is still searching for his maiden victory and his best chance according to the Grand National betting odds is Niche Market (16/1).

The 102 horse field will be whittled down to 40 come Saturday 9th April, but ante post betting continues to be the best place for punters to find some Grand National value.

Last year’s third place finisher State Of Play is 33/1 to win the 2011 running, while Big Fella Thanks who finished fourth, and Hello Bud who finished fifth are 25/1 and 33/1 respectively.

A £25 stake on Ballabriggs winning the Grand National would return £425. New customers can sign up here for a free bet worth £25.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.