Grand National: Can McCoy do it again? Don’t Push It Preview and odds

Tony McCoy has declared himself happy with 2010 Grand National winner Don't Push It, but admits that he will find it hard to win back-to-back Nationals. No horse since Red Rum has won with 11st10lb on his back, but McCoy himself claimed that the National these days is a better race, and it takes a better horse.

"The National's a gruelling race," McCoy told reporters today, adding "we wanted to get him to enjoy his racing. I think we've done the right thing with his preparation."

McCoy, however, won't go off favourite, as Ruby Walsh carries ante-post favouritism with The Midnight Club, currently 9/1 with some bookmakers. What a Friend has equally been cut by the bookies, but here at Free Bet Bookmaker, we're looking a little further down the field for Ballabriggs, an excellent 14-1 shot, and Character Building, a 25-1 claim who looks to have the right profile. Equally, Merigo might go well, depending on the ground.

With the ground likely to be on the good side of good to soft, it would certainly pay to look further down the field - with any give in the ground, you may find it easier to go with the better horses, but the firmer the ground, the more level a contest it might be. Come back throughout the week as we preview each horse and let you in on some of our exclusive tips - sign up for the newsletter up on the right there, and the odds below show the best prices you can get at the moment from any bookie...

published: 3rd April 2011 by Free Bet Bookmaker


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