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Champion jockey says Don’t Push It is a solid Grand National bet

| 04.04.2011

2010 Grand National winner Don’t Push It has “a lot going for him” heading into the 2011 Grand National according to jockey AP McCoy.

McCoy chose to attempt back-to-back victories aboard Don’t Push It rather than take the ride on Welsh National winner and recent withdrawal Synchronised, and the fifteen-time champion jockey believes is confident of pulling off another Grand National win.

Don’t Push It is currently trading at 14/1 in the Grand National betting and while McCoy admitted it would be difficult for the 11-year-old to record back-to-back wins, he remains positive.

“He’s progressed all year and we’ve kept him to hurdles to keep him mentally fresh,” said McCoy.

“He’s got 11st 10lb and no horse since Red Rum has won back-to-back Nationals with that kind of weight, but he’s got a lot going for him.

“It’s [Grand National] a better race than ever these days and you need a classy horse.”

Only the great Red Rum has managed to carry more than 11st 5lb to victory in the last 52 runnings, and with Don’t Push It carrying the top weight of 11st 10lb, there’s plenty of negatives against him.

But McCoy is champion jockey for a reason and no one knows a horse better than he does, and his opinions should be well respected when trying to pick a Grand National winner.

Considering his Grand National odds are relatively short – The Midnight Club is currently favourite at 8/1 but three horses, Backstage, Oscar Time and What A Friend, share second-favouritism at 12/1 – Don’t Push It has plenty of support despite the negatives.

The 2011 Grand National will be a compelling race but punters shouldn’t forget the Grand National meeting starts on Thursday when the likes of Big Buck’s and Denman will take to Aintree racecourse.

A £20 stake on Don’t Push It winning the Grand National would return £520. New customers can sign up here to get £60 in free bets.



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.