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Mullins and Nicholls Set to Dominate Grand National 0

Posted on March 31, 2016 by Andre Smith
Paul Nicholls could have as many as five horses in the field for the Grand Nationals.

Paul Nicholls could have as many as five horses in the field for the Grand Nationals.

Trainers Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls could have almost a quarter of the field between them for this years Grand National at Aintree by the time the official race line up is announced in the coming weeks. Mullins is planning to enter at least a four strong team of horses at the famous race as he bids to become the first Irishman to win Britains Champion Trainer award since Vincent O’Brien in 1954. Meanwhile, Nicholls may have as many as five horses in the race in which he last won four years ago with Neptune Collonges.

Mullins currently trails his counterpart by £140,000 heading into the race s he searches for a second Grand National victory, having won back in 2005 with Hedgehunter. For Mullins, Fairhouse winner Boston Bob could well provide his finest opportunity for victory, and is offered odds of 26/1 by bookmaker Betway. The fact that experienced jockey Ruby Walsh looks set to take to the saddle has seen a major shift in betting patterns, as he bids to win his third Grand National title at the event in just a few weeks time. It may well be Nicholls who heads into the race with the better chance however, as he looks to current second favourite Silvianco Conti to overcome the likes of defending champion Many Clouds, who is 9/1 with Betway to claim glory for the second consecutive year. Opportunities to back a Grand National winner at Betway could well centre on the two famous trainers. Read the rest of this entry →

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