Tricky leads National market

Paul Nicholls’ Tricky Trickster remains at the head of the ante-post betting for the John Smith’s Grand National following the publication of the weights.

The Aintree spectacular is one of the few big prizes in the National Hunt game still to elude the champion trainer but Aon Chase winner Tricky Trickster appears to have leading claims with 11st 4lb on his back.

Paddy Power and Betfred both make the seven-year-old the 10-1 market leader, while William Hill and Blue Square offer a slightly more generous 12-1.

Other possible runners for Nicholls include Taranis (11st 9lb) and last year’s third My Will (11st 2lb). William Hill make the Ditcheat maestro 7-1 to train the winner.

Last year’s shock 100-1 winner Mon Mome carries 11st 7lb, 7lb more than last season, and is 25-1 with Paddy Power to repeat the dose.

Multiple champion jockey Tony McCoy is another searching for a first win in the race and he is 12-1 with Blue Square to open his account, while an Irish-trained winner is just 9-4 with the same firm.

As far as market movers are concerned, Betfred clearly feel Jimmy Mangan’s Whinstone Boy is well handicapped on 10st 4lb as he is 33-1 from 50-1 in their market.

Another interesting bet could be the 4-1 on offer with Paddy Power for all the runners to clear the first fence.

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