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West End Rocker to make amends in Scottish Grand National odds

| 13.04.2011

West End Rocker found himself short of luck in the Grand National at Aintree, but he can gain a small measure of redemption by landing the spoils in the Scottish equivalent at Ayr.

After settling into a decent rhythm over the first five fences, West End Rocker was brought down at Bechers to end his National dream.

However, the horse seemed fine after this fall and the fact he only made it to the sixth fence means that he should not have returned home too tired.

Therefore, he should be fine to take his chance at Ayr and 20/1 in the Scottish Grand National odds looks solid each-way value for a horse that has plenty going for him.

West End Rocker has already proved his stamina in good company when winning the Grade Three totesport.com Classic Chase at Warwick over 3m5f in January and should have no problem seeing out the extra three furlongs at Ayr.

Furthermore, based on the weights and ratings of winners across the last ten years, West End Rocker seems to a Scottish Grand National winner in waiting.

Eight of the last nine winners have carried 10st 9lb or less to victory at Ayr, while nine of the last ten winners were officially rated 143 or lower.

Neptune Collonges’ expected participation means that only ten horses are currently in the handicap, although West End Rocker is one of three horses to be outside by just 2lb.

The Scottish Grand National has been a race that has better suited each-way punters in recent years, with half of the last ten winners having a starting price of 18/1 or larger, while all barring one have been at least 12/1.

A £30 stake on West End Rocker winning the Scottish Grand National would return £600. New customers can sign up here for a free £30 bet.



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.