The Scotsman takes a look at some of the runners likely to make an impression on the racecourse, and perhaps your pocket if you feel lucky.
Of Merigo’s chances, The Scotsman’s Martin Hannan said last week: “Merigo [is currently] priced at 12/1, and I think those are amazingly generous odds.” Those odds have since been shortened to 7/1, which gives some indication of how well the bookies think this Andrew Parker-trained horse might fare. Also worth bearing in mind that Merigo won this race in 2010.
Harry The Viking, 6/1
Harry The Viking, part owned by Sir Alex Ferguson and trained by Paul Nicholls, is the bookies’ top tip to finish at the front on Saturday; based on current form, Nicholls’ horse has a lot going for it, but it may be more sensible to look for longer odds on more experienced runners.
After emerging from a bruising race at the National, Junior may not be on top form for this Saturday’s soiree. That said, this is a horse for the big ocassion; a previous winner at both the Royal Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival. Moreover, jockey Tom Scudamore has been effusive about the horse’s “intelligence and bravery”.
Galaxy Rock, 12/1
Jockey AP McCoy will mount his first horse since falling from Synchronised in last weekend’s Grand National; Galaxy Rock looks a strong bet at 12/1, which, given the proximity of the race and the horse’s noted stamina, looks like good value for money.