7% of all Grand National bets are DOWN following Native River’s injury
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Plenty of ante-post slips will be going into the bin following the news that Native River will miss the rest of the season through injury.
Colin Tizzard announced the news this morning, saying that the 2018 Gold Cup winner had picked up a tendon injury, which sadly means he has had to be scratched from both the Gold Cup and Grand National.
Assistant trainer Joe Tizzard said: "Unfortunately we have had to scratch Native River from the Gold Cup this morning. It's really disappointing but he's just had a little tear in the suspensory tendon at the back of his knee which is going to put him out for the rest of the season."
The ten-year-old has proven very popular with punters since the weights were announced for the Grand National last Tuesday. He had taken 7% of all bets for the race through Oddschecker in the last two weeks, meaning many will be having to swallow a bitter pill this morning.
He had been very well backed since last week and was as short as 8/1 in places to win the famous Aintree handicap.
He was Tiger Roll’s closest rival in the market, with the back-to-back winner now the clear favourite at a best price of 11/2.
In the last month, only Tiger Roll had received more money on him for the race, with the pair by far the most popular bets. Plenty of fingers have been burnt after the story emerged today.
Following Native River’s victory in the Denman Chase, many thought he would be perfectly suited to the Grand National test and connections were clearly very keen on the idea.
He had been given a nice mark to the race too, which only increased the market support for Colin Tizzard’s horse, but any hope for a big pay out only lasted a matter of days.
Tiger Roll now looks unchallenged at the top of the market with Burrows Saint into the second favourite at 12/1. Kimberlite Candy (20/1), Walk In The Mill (20/1), and last year’s runner up Magic Of Light (20/1) are all close together in the betting and make up the front five in the market.
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|2018||Relegate||5||25/1||1 ½L||4.4.10||Soft (Heavy in places)||11||120||Willie Mullins||Katie Walsh||View|
|2017||Fayonagh||6||7/1||1 ¼L||3.51.10||Good to Soft||811||129||Gordon Elliott||JJ Codd||View|
|2016||Ballyandy||5||5/1||Nse||3.48.20||Good||1-121||136||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies|
|2015||Moon Racer||6||9/2||1 1/2 L||3.49.50||Good||1-1||140||David Pipe||Tom Scudamore||View|
|2014||Silver Concorde||6||16/1||1 ½L||3.43.40||Good||3-2-1||140||Dermot Weld||Robbie McNamara||View|
|2013||Briar Hill||5||25/1||7L||3.54.70||Good/Soft||1||141||Willie Mullins||Ruby Walsh|
|2012||Champagne Fever||5||16/1||1 1/4L||3.47.50||Good||21||142||Willie Mullins||Patrick Mullins||View|
|2011||Cheltenian||5||14/1||5L||3.51.85||Good||21||138||Philip Hobbs||Richard Johnson|
|2010||Cue Card||4||40/1||8L||3.48.70||Good||1||138||Colin Tizzard||Joe Tizzard||View|
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