Many ante-post punters would have been left frustrated by backing Junior odds for the Grand National last season, but the horse should have no such problems making the final 40 Grand National runners this time.
His victory in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup odds at last season’s Cheltenham Festival will go some way into confirming his spot in the Grand National. This victory significantly upped his official rating, with a much lower rating being the reason that he failed to make the field previously.
Stamina proof needed before taking Junior Grand National odds
Junior is perhaps the most versatile horse currently in running as he has previously contested the Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot on the Flat and run in Grade Two company over hurdles. His Cheltenham victory also shows his capabilities over the larger obstacles, although he is yet to truly show that he has the stamina to contest a race over a distance greater than 3m. This could be a big problem as the Grand National is contested over 4m4f.
However, in his favour for the Grand National odds is that he is likely to profit from a fairly low weight, while horses to have been campaigned over hurdles in the same season as the Grand National also tend to run with credit. Additionally, there is every chance that Junior will be trained to peak especially for the Grand National by David Pipe.
Junior towards the head of the Grand National odds
There are many reasons why Junior will be popular with punters looking at the Grand National odds, but he will face many rivals with a better back catalogue of form, whether it be victories in races over close to 4m or generally having prior experience of the Aintree fences.