Snowy weight triggers National landslide

Snowy Morning is now the 10-1 clear favourite for the John Smith’s Grand National following the publication of the weights.

Snowy Morning is now the 10-1 clear favourite for the John Smith’s Grand National following the publication of the weights.

Both Coral and Paddy Power have shortened the odds of Willie Mullins’ charge following a welter of support for the eight-year-old, who has been given 10st 12lb by handicapper Phil Smith.

Mr Pointment had been the favourite for the four-and-a-half-mile marathon after his Becher Chase victory but Paul Nicholls’ runner has been saddled with 11st 8lb.

No horse since Grand National legend Red Rum in 1977 has shouldered that kind of burden and that statistic has seen Coral push him out to 14-1 from 12s.

“Although there are few surprises when the National weights are revealed now, we reckon Mr Pointment has been done no favours by the handicapper, and as a result Paul Nicholls’ charge has lost his position at the head of the betting,” said spokesman David Stevens.

“By contrast, Snowy Morning looks fairly treated, and off 10st 12lb could play a major part in the big race.”

Totesport make Mr Pointment the 12-1 joint-favourite with Snowy Morning, but spokesman Damian Walker said: “We would have lengthened Mr Pointment’s odds from 12-1 but for significant ante-post liabilities on the horse.”

Point Barrow was another to attract some support following the unveiling of the weights and totesport now go 16s from 20-1.

Pat Hughes’ charge fell at the first when sent off as one of three co-favourites last year.

The same firm have also clipped the John Quinn-trained Character Building into 20-1 while Turko and Turpin Green are 33s from 40-1.

John Smith’s Grand National betting:

totesport: 12-1 Mr Pointment, Snowy Morning, 14-1 Butler’s Cabin, 16-1 Bewleys Berry, Point Barrow, Simon, 20-1 Character Building, Slim Pickings, 25-1 Cloudy Lane, Knowhere, McKelvey, 28 Ungaro, 33-1 bar.

VC Bet: 12-1 Mr Pointment, Snowy Morning, 16-1 Butler’s Cabin, Simon, Bewleys Berry, 20-1 Slim Pickings, Cloudy Lane, 25-1Point Barrow, McKelvey, Character Building, Royal County Star, Ungaro, Knowhere, Dun Doire, Newbay Prop, 33-1 bar.

Paddy Power: 10-1 Snowy Morning, 12-1 Mr Pointment, 14-1 Bewleys Berry, 16-1 Butler’s Cabin, Simon, 20-1 McKelvey, Slim Pickings, Cloudy Lane, 25-1 Ungaro, Point Barrow, Character Building, Royal County Star, 33-1 bar.

Coral: 10-1 Snowy Morning, 14-1 Bewleys Berry, Mr Pointment, 16-1 Butler’s Cabin, 18-1 Cloudy Lane, Simon, 20-1 McKelvey, Slim Pickings, 25-1 Joes Edge, Knowhere, Newbay Prop, Nine De Sivola, Parsons Legacy, Point Barrow, Royal County Star, 28-1 Character Building, Joe Lively, 33-1 bar.

William Hill: 12-1 Snowy Morning, Mr Pointment, 14-1 Butler’s Cabin, 16-1 Simon, Bewleys Berry, 20-1 Slim Pickings, 25-1 Royal County Star, Point Barrow, Cloudy Lane, Character Building, McKelvey, Knowhere, Ungaro, 33-1 bar.

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