King hoping for Rocker rain

Alan King sends West End Rocker to Aintree as a leading candidate at 12/1 to win Saturday’s Grand National following recent rain but the trainer is hopeful of further wet weather to boost his charge’s chances.

And he may well get his wish with clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch expecting rain to come before the weekend although he is happy with the way things are shaping up.

“There’s a band of rain coming from the Irish Sea tonight through to tomorrow evening, so we will see how much we get and take it from there,” Tulloch said on Sunday.

“I’m very pleased with where we are at the moment and the ground is looking great.”

King is hoping that conditions will continue to improve for the Becher Chase winner, who will be saddled by Wayne Hutchinson in Saturday’s showpiece.

“West End Rocker is in good nick. I would love to see a bit of rain. It would not have to be a bog but on the easy side of good would suit,” King said.

Synchronised heads 48 six-day acceptors and remains the favourite at 8/1 to become the first horse to win the Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup in the same season since Golden Miller in 1934.

Junior is next best in the betting at 10/1, with On His Own at 10/1 and Ballabriggs, Cappa Bleu and Chicago Grey all on offer at 14/1.

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