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Grand National Clues: Cloth Cap’s Aintree favouritism trimmed further after Kelso romp

Jonjo O’Neill’s Ladbrokes Trophy winner scores in Scotland on Saturday and is best priced 6-1 for April’s Grand National



Cloth Cap ridden by Tom Scudamore clears the last to win The Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury Racecourse.

Cloth Cap was cut to a 6-1 favourite (Paddy Power, bet365) for the Randox Grand National after an easy success at Kelso on Saturday afternoon under Tom Scudamore.

The Jonjo O’Neill charge was an impressive winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury in November.

And his National credentials were further enhanced this weekend with a Scottish rout of a field for which he was the lowest rated horse before the off.

cloth cap impressively saw off the field at kelso on saturday afternoon [racing tv]

His mark of 148 was not compromised by connections after his pre-Christmas victory in Berkshire.

Owner Trevor Hemmings will now be salivating at his preparation ahead of the Merseyside feature next month as he chases a remarkable fourth win in the race.

Hedgehunter, Ballabriggs and Many Clouds supplied previous heroics for the 85-year-old in 2005, 2011 and 2015, respectively.

And his next potential superstar was a noticeable market mover with bookmakers in the wake of the Listed bet365 Premier Chase.

Former Irish Grand National winner Burrows Saint is second in the betting (14-1) for trainer Willie Mullins, holding a same price as this season’s Welsh National victor Secret Reprieve.

Willie Mullins
Willie Mullins last won the Grand National in 2005

Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Santini is also a 14-1 shot, ahead of Tom Lacey’s Kimberlite Candy (16-1).

It was announced earlier in the week that two-time winner and reigning champion Tiger Roll will not bid for a third stint and second defence of his crown.

Tiger Roll
Two-time National winner will not head for a third tilt to take on Cloth Cap in 2021

The Gigginstown House Stud owned National Hunt legend scored in Liverpool on back-to-back occasions between 2018 and 2019 under Davy Russell. 2020’s

Grand National meeting was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.