Bookmakers make Mulholland's Grand National runners outsiders as Wiltshire bids to win racing's greatest prize

11-March-2020
11-March-2020 7:00
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Wiltshire-based trainer Neil Mulholland has three horses entered for the 2020 Randox Health Grand National this year. However, all three runners are ranked as outsiders with the bookmakers for the race.

The betting reflects the fact that all three will need help from above them in the weights if they are to make the cut. Their odds would almost certainly be slashed if they were given the opportunity to line up at Aintree.

Mulholland is bidding for his first success in the world’s most famous steeplechase. Here is a look at the three horses from Conkwell Grange Farm and their respective odds.

Fingerontheswitch (50/1)

At 50/1 in the betting, Fingerontheswitch represents Mulholland’s best chance in the Grand National in 2020. The 10-year-old chaser has had a consistent campaign, with the highlight being his success in a handicap contest at Kempton back in January.

A second-place finish behind Ok Corral in a Listed race at Doncaster on his last appearance has really helped him move up the weights to a career-high mark of 139 now.

Fingerontheswitch has entries in the Ultima Handicap Chase and Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival. He is 16/1 in the 2020 Cheltenham betting to win the latter which is run over 3m2f. That may be his leading opportunity for major success over the last couple of months of the season. Champagne Platinum looks to be the one to beat there, though, with odds of 7/1 with Cheltenham betting tips.

 

Soupy Soups (100/1)

It has been a good season for Soupy Soups so far. He has not been out of the front two in his last four appearances on the track. His sole success came at Perth when he prevailed in a nine-runner field over 3m.

The nine-year-old gelding came very close to a Listed victory at Wincanton on his latest outing. He was just a neck behind Give Me A Copper who is a 25/1 chance for the Grand National. Soupy Soups is four times those odds in the betting for the Aintree feature, although this is more a reflection of how many horses will need to withdraw in order for him to make the field.

The Young Master (100/1)

 

With a mark of 144, The Young Master is the most likely of Mulholland’s trio of horses to make it into the Grand National field. Yet, he is as big as 100/1 with the bookmakers.

The 11-year-old has been below his best on both of his two runs this season. He was 11th of 14 in a Flat race on the AW at Kempton in October, while last time at Wincanton, he was pulled up by his jockey Sam Waley-Cohen, who has no peer, even among ther professionals, at Aintree.

The Young Master is a capable chaser on his day, and if he can reproduce some of that old form, he could be off a very workable mark for the Merseyside contest next month.

For now, it will be a nervous period for Mulholland and the owners of the three horses as they will have to wait to see if they will be cheering on a runner in the Grand National, which is scheduled for the 4th April this year, the day before Barbury's final fixture.

Next Event

When?

Barbury fixtures 2020-21:

International - Sunday December 13

Vine & Craven - Sunday February 7

Tedworth - Sunday April 11

 

 

 

 

Where?

Barbury, 3m N of Marlborough, off A346, Jn 15 M4

 

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Bookmakers make Mulholland's Grand National runners outsiders as Wiltshire bids to win racing's greatest prize

11-March-2020
11-March-2020 7:00
in General
by Admin

Wiltshire-based trainer Neil Mulholland has three horses entered for the 2020 Randox Health Grand National this year. However, all three runners are ranked as outsiders with the bookmakers for the race.

The betting reflects the fact that all three will need help from above them in the weights if they are to make the cut. Their odds would almost certainly be slashed if they were given the opportunity to line up at Aintree.

Mulholland is bidding for his first success in the world’s most famous steeplechase. Here is a look at the three horses from Conkwell Grange Farm and their respective odds.

Fingerontheswitch (50/1)

At 50/1 in the betting, Fingerontheswitch represents Mulholland’s best chance in the Grand National in 2020. The 10-year-old chaser has had a consistent campaign, with the highlight being his success in a handicap contest at Kempton back in January.

A second-place finish behind Ok Corral in a Listed race at Doncaster on his last appearance has really helped him move up the weights to a career-high mark of 139 now.

Fingerontheswitch has entries in the Ultima Handicap Chase and Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival. He is 16/1 in the 2020 Cheltenham betting to win the latter which is run over 3m2f. That may be his leading opportunity for major success over the last couple of months of the season. Champagne Platinum looks to be the one to beat there, though, with odds of 7/1 with Cheltenham betting tips.

 

Soupy Soups (100/1)

It has been a good season for Soupy Soups so far. He has not been out of the front two in his last four appearances on the track. His sole success came at Perth when he prevailed in a nine-runner field over 3m.

The nine-year-old gelding came very close to a Listed victory at Wincanton on his latest outing. He was just a neck behind Give Me A Copper who is a 25/1 chance for the Grand National. Soupy Soups is four times those odds in the betting for the Aintree feature, although this is more a reflection of how many horses will need to withdraw in order for him to make the field.

The Young Master (100/1)

 

With a mark of 144, The Young Master is the most likely of Mulholland’s trio of horses to make it into the Grand National field. Yet, he is as big as 100/1 with the bookmakers.

The 11-year-old has been below his best on both of his two runs this season. He was 11th of 14 in a Flat race on the AW at Kempton in October, while last time at Wincanton, he was pulled up by his jockey Sam Waley-Cohen, who has no peer, even among ther professionals, at Aintree.

The Young Master is a capable chaser on his day, and if he can reproduce some of that old form, he could be off a very workable mark for the Merseyside contest next month.

For now, it will be a nervous period for Mulholland and the owners of the three horses as they will have to wait to see if they will be cheering on a runner in the Grand National, which is scheduled for the 4th April this year, the day before Barbury's final fixture.

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