Three National winners set for repeat bids

LONDON - The last three winners of the $1.45 million Aintree Grand National were among the 111 remaining entries for this year’s race when weights for the jumping showpiece were announced on Tuesday.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Tue 16 Feb 2010, 6:46 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:22 AM

Mon Mome, who sprang a 100-1 shock in 2009, has seven pounds more to carry this year. Comply Or Die, successful in 2008, has one pound less to carry than when runner-up last year. Silver Birch also has one pound less than when winning in 2007.

Tricky Trickster, 10-1 favourite since winning a big race at Newbury on Saturday when Cheltenham Gold Cup leading fancy Denman unseated champion jockey Tony McCoy, is near the head of the handicap just six pounds off the top weights.

Irish raiders have won six of the last 11 Nationals and 38 remain in the April 10 race.

Julian Thick, Aintree managing director, said in a media release: ‘It is fantastic that such a high-class field will line up in what will be the most valuable jump race ever run in Britain.’

Leading betting: 10-1 Tricky Trickster, 14-1 Niche Market, 16-1 Big Fella Thanks, 20-1 Black Apalachi and Possol, 25-1 and upwards others.

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