Grand National Odds: Three horses to watch this weekend

Grand National Odds: Three horses to watch this weekend

The Cheltenham Festival is fast approaching, but Steve Ryder is keeping his eye on the latest Grand National odds and three possible ante-post market movers this weekend.

The oddschecker horse racing expert has picked out three horses he’s tracking this weekend ahead of the Aintree showpiece in April, including those in action at Sunday’s Grand National trial at Punchestown and across other race meets in the UK. 

Grand National hopes to watch out for this weekend

De Rasher Counter

The Emma Lavelle-trained De Rasher Counter (66/1) has an entry for the Grade 2 Denman Chase at Newbury on Saturday and if he were to run well on his first start for 489 days then that could be a perfect preparation for the Grand National in April. The 10-year-old won the Ladbrokes Trophy in 2019 off a mark of 149 and would be interesting if taking his chance at Aintree off a similar mark.

Coko Beach 

The Grand National Trial at Punchestown on Sunday looks to be the latest start for the Gordon Elliott-trained Coko Beach (50/1) who has contested most of the big field handicap chases so far this season. The seven-year-old finished seventh in the Irish Grand National last season off a mark of 150 and has dropped down to an Irish mark of 146. The grey often puts on a bold show from the front and he would provide backers with a good run for their money in April.

Snow Leopardess 

Trainer Charlie Longsdon has stated that his star mare Snow Leopardess (25/1) may take up an entry at Exeter on Sunday as a rating of 145 may mean she fails to make the cut for the Grand National in April. The mare won a fantastic renewal of the Becher Chase over the fences in December after which her rating was raised to 147. 

The collateral form of the race has meant that the handicapper has dropped her back down to a mark of 145 which is the same mark that the lowest rated horse got into the race off last season. She may now head to the listed Mares’ Chase at Exeter on Sunday in the hope of a rise in the ratings to secure her run in the race.

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What is the state of play in the market?

The latest Grand National odds suggest there is respect for the chances of the Gordon Elliott-trained trio of Galvin, Mount Ida and Run Wild Fred, who all look likely to take their chances at the Cheltenham Festival so any changes to their prices will likely be after the Festival. 

Meanwhile, the JP McManus-owned Any Second Now - who finished third in the race last year - will likely be supported if awarded a favourable mark at the weights announcement later this month. 

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