Total Recall odds backed in 2018 Grand National betting
Hurdle Bet report on Total Recall odds in the 2018 Grand National betting after trainer Willie Mullins reveals that is the Ladbrokes Trophy winner’s long-term target.
Irish trainer Willie Mullins has the Grand National as the long-term target for Ladbrokes Trophy winner Total Recall.
This rapidly improving eight-year-old is now 20/1 joint-favourite with Paddy Power for the Aintree spectacular following his game success at Newbury.
Having bolted up on debut for the Clossuton handler in the Munster National at Limerick, the gelding defied an 18lb hike in weight to get up close home and beat Whisper by a neck in the race formerly known as the Hennessy.
It was a most taking display and one which earned Total Recall an initial quote of 25/1 with Betvictor for the Cheltenam Gold Cup.
However, Mullins believes he will have to improve another 10lb to be competitive in chasing’s blue riband contest, so is favouring a crack at the Grand National.
Improvement needed for Gold Cup
Speaking on At The Races a day after the Newbury thriller, Mullins said: “He came home on Saturday night and he’s fine.
“I think he’d have to improve another 10lb to be competitive in a Gold Cup field. He looks a Grand National horse to me; that’s the route I would be going.
“We’ll see what the English handicapper thinks of him and what the Irish handicapper thinks of him, but I’m thinking he’s going to be [rated] maybe 158 to 160.
“That warrants an entry into the Gold Cup, but he might finish fourth, or fifth or sixth maybe.”
When asked about more immediate targets, Mullins added: “Do we go for the Thyestes Chase (Gowran Park, January 25) for his next run?
“The Bobbyjo Chase (Fairyhouse, February 24) is there. We’ll get him home from the race and see how he turns out.”
Analysis: Ideal attributes for Aintree
David Metcalf, Hurdle Bet chief writer and tipster.
Wherever he goes next, Total Recall undoubtedly needs keeping onside and looks the type for Aintree.
He jumped and travelled really well in the Ladbrokes Trophy, showing a willing attitude to dig deep and get up close home.
Those are the ideal attributes for the Grand National and his handler knows what is required to land the spoils, having saddled Hedgehunter to victory in 2005.
Total Recall will also be a nine-year-old come the world’s greatest steeplechase, and they have a good record in the race.
The big question is how hard he will get hit by the handicapper following his latest success, but he is clearly a classy and improving sort who may well have even more to offer.
There is nothing not to like about his Grand National chances, so I think the 20/1 Total Recall odds currently on offer is more than fair and wouldn’t put off anyone wanting to back him.
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