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2011 Grand National tip #3: West End Rocker the big each-way value

| 08.04.2011

With 40 runners lining up in the Grand National, betting each-way is undoubtedly something that is well advised and West End Rocker is a horse that has the capabilities of challenging at Aintree at a big price.

West End Rocker is 33/1 in the Grand National odds and would certainly be heading to Aintree at a much shorter price had he not pulled up on his latest start at Aintree in February.

However, the horse should be forgiven for this one-off bad run in the Grand National Trial, particularly as he failed to enjoy the overly heavy ground.

The bottomless surface was clearly something that was not relished by the majority of the field as only four horses finished and prior to this, West End Rocker had looked particularly impressive.

He showed fine desire to hang on to victory in a handicap chase at Newbury off a big weight and then out-stayed his rivals over 3m5f to take the totesport.com Classic Chase at Warwick in January.

Trainer Alan King believes that West End Rocker is the “forgotten horse of the Grand National” and if bouncing back from his display at Haydock, he has to have a solid place claims.

Other factors in his favour are that he is still to fall during his career, which is a good sign ahead of tackling the challenging Aintree fences, while the experience of having Robert Thornton on board can only be a positive.

West End Rocker is also considered to be the optimum age to run in the Grand National as two of the last three winners have been nine year olds.

A £20 stake on West End Rocker winning the Grand National would return £660. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of free bets totalling up to £60.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.