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Punters Backing Grand National Outsiders Due to Likelihood of Soft Ground

Nassalam and Galia Des Liteaux are gaining increasing interest amongst UK punters.

Punters Backing Grand National Outsiders Due to Likelihood of Doft Ground
Punters Backing Grand National Outsiders Due to Likelihood of Doft Ground

The Grand National betting scene has seen a shift, with two British underdogs catching the attention of bettors, as bookmakers anticipate a gruelling "stamina test."

Despite the rainy outlook for Aintree, enthusiasts remain eager in their search for a lucrative win in the grand ยฃ1million event scheduled for the forthcoming Saturday. Last year's winner, Corach Rambler, has become a favourite among bettors due to his advantageous weight and commendable third place in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Interest has also surged for Willie Mullins' past Irish National victor, I Am Maximus.

However, concerns about the soft terrain have led savvy gamblers to consider two previously underestimated British contenders.

Nassalam and Galia Des Liteaux

Significant bets have been placed on Gary Moore's remarkable Welsh National victor, Nassalam, as reported by William Hill.

Furthermore, the odds for Dan Skelton's eminent chase mare, Galia Des Liteaux, have been adjusted in light of her established performance in wet conditions.

Nassalam's odds have dramatically dropped from 40-1 to 25-1, while Skelton's Grade 2 champion has seen her odds tighten to 25-1 from much higher odds.

Both horses are confirmed participants, with Galia Des Liteaux positioned at number 34 on the entry list.

This year, the race will feature only 34 competitors, a decrease from the usual 40, due to safety concerns. Bookmakers are preparing for a surge in bets on horses known for their prowess on soft tracks.

The possibility of the Grade 3 race occurring on heavy ground for the first time since 2018 is currently at 2/1.

Corach Rambler triumphed on good to soft ground last year, but the odds for similar conditions this year are set at 14/1.

William Hill spokesperson, Lee Phelps, commented:

"With the continuous rainfall, we're at odds-on at 1-3 for the Grand National to take place on genuinely soft ground. This year's National is expected to be an even greater test of endurance, and the likelihood of heavy ground, a first since 2018, is at 2-1. Conversely, the chances of encountering 'good' in the ground condition are much slimmer. Bettors are definitely gravitating towards horses with a solid track record in challenging conditions, with notable interest in Mr Incredible, Angels Dawn, Nassalam, and Galia Des Liteaux."