There are plenty of punters who look for each way value at the Grand National, and this year does not disappoint as Victor Chandler report plenty of support for 14/1 shot West End Rocker.
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When forging your way through the 40 runners for the Grand National an easy way to dismiss a big majority of the runners is to forget the horses that have fallen at some point in their careers.
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The grand old National fences are a true test of a National Hunt horse’s ability; if they don’t handle Aintree then you might as well not apply.
One horse that clearly stands out for jumping ability at this stage is the Alan King-trained West End Rocker, who is an immaculate jumper along with the all-important fact that he never fallen is his career before. That’s 14 starts over fences without falling – a wonderful statistic for a Grand National contender.
West End Rocker is, on paper, regarded as King’s possible second string behind Hold On Julio, who has been very progressive this season but gave the impression that he could now be well-handicapped after a below-par performance at the Cheltenham Festival in the JLT Speciality Handicap Chase.
However King has labelled the classy chaser as the forgotten horse of the National and is expecting a huge run from the 10-year-old. More clues on to how high King rates him will be revealed when stable jockey Robert Thornton decides which of the two stablemates to ride.
What also is in West End Rocker’s favour is that he has recent course form by making the competitive Becher Chase look like a one horse race. King’s charge landed the race by 22 lengths in a performance which was full of sparkling jumping and achieved in a determined fashion over the three miles and two furlongs trip.
Obviously he will have to show he can stay the extra mile in the National and prove he can defy a rise in the weights, but the current 20/1 available certainly looks a fair price for him to become a Grand National winner.