Racing News, 10th April 2015: Grand National Hours Away

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McCoy Win Set to Hit Bookies and More Grand National Updates

The Grand National is now just hours away and we take a look at the latest big news regarding the Aintree spectacular, the National starting at 4.15pm on Saturday 11th April.

Win for McCoy Expected to Cost £50m

Wins for any favourite can cost a bookie an arm and a leg but when that favourite happens to be AP McCoy, riding in his last Grand National ever, the figures can really do some serious damage to the entire year of an online bookmaker. Naturally, at this stage it’s hard to estimate exactly what a win for McCoy on the 15/2 favourite would cost the bookies but estimates are thought to range from £30m to £80m! A raft of emotional money from romantics and racing dreamers is set to see Shutthefrontdoor go off as the shortest odds Grand National favourite for more than 40 years and if McCoy can provide the fairy tale finish to his stellar career he may well find himself removed from the Christmas card lists of many a bookie.

We hope he does it but for the latest National odds and tips check out our preview.

Final Field

The final field has now been declared, with the 40 horses named and a number of other hopefuls cut. Sadly, not long after the declarations longshot Carlito Brigante was ruled a non runner, with trainer Karen McLintock declaring the horse lame. That means that 39 horses will line up at 4.15 on Saturday and picking the winner, as ever, will be as much luck as skill.

As well as the favourite, Shutthefrontdoor, six of last year’s top seven line up, including the winner in 2014, Pineau De Re. Let us know who you fancy by tweeting us at @RacingOffersUK.

McCoy Lands Aintree Hurdle

McCoy already has at least one Aintree winner to his name at this year’s Grand National Festival after steering the excellent Jezki to success in the Aintree Hurdle on Thursday. The 3/1 shot saw off Rock On Ruby and Arctic Fire to record a fine win, whilst elsewhere on day one there was success for 7-4 favourite Silviniaco Conti in the Betfred Bowl and for Nina Carberry’s On The Fringe, that success sure to give Carberry some belief she can make history in the national itself by becoming the first ever woman to win the biggest of races.

Ladies’ Day

Today, Friday, is Ladies’ Day at Aintree and whilst Liverpool’s finest will dress to impress on a sunny day at the races, there is some top class action on the track. The Melling Chase sees Champagne Fever and Don Cossack battle it out with Al Ferof and Cue Card – not to mention Sire De Grugy and Balder Succes, whilst the Class 1 Topham Chase should also be a thriller, with our betting tip of the day in that one, Rajdhani Express at nice odds of 10/1.