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Open your eyes as Ladbrokes go 100/1 on lively National longshot

| 05.04.2013

Mon Mome’s 2009 Grand National victory at 100/1 will be fresh in the memories of many punters and Ladbrokes are dangling a carrot by offering Becauseicouldntsee at the same price for the 2013 renewal.

Big-priced victories are not particularly common, with Mon Mome’s triumph the first at odds of 50/1 or greater since Last Suspect in 1985.

However, given that Becauseicouldntsee was sent off at 25/1 last year in the Grand National and will return to Aintree off the same mark of 140, it is hard not to argue that he is overpriced.

Furthermore, he competed in the 2011 running from an official rating of 144 and was a starting price of 16/1.

The big issue with his past two visits is that he has failed to finish on either occasion, in fact he is still to make it beyond the Canal Turn on the first circuit.

Although unable to prove his stamina at Aintree yet, Becauseicouldntsee has previously finished second in the National Hunt Chase over 4m at the Cheltenham Festival and this suggests that he can see out the trip.

Meanwhile, although he is yet to win over a distance greater than 2m6f, neither has Seabass and he is still among the market leaders at 10/1 to land the Grand National.

The big question mark over backing Becauseicouldntsee each-way is that he appears to be one of the more unlikely starters in the field given that he is ground dependent more than most.

Trainer Noel Glynn already has the Scottish Grand National as a plan B should the ground end up too soft at Aintree.

The soft and heavy ground for much of the season could be considered a chief reason for Becauseicouldntsee running below par and looking back, his better form has tended to be on good ground.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



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.