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Aintree Going Now Listed as Soft After Monday Rain


We're now just a few days out from the latest running of the 2012 Grand National at Aintree. It's definitely setting up to be a very interesting iteration of the race and the punters can still expect some significant variations in the betting markets as we get closer and closer to the off.


Rain has been falling on the Aintree course and officials have announced that the going is now considered to soft, good to soft in places. Estimates declare that in the neighbourhood of 11m of rain has fallen so far between Sunday and Monday alone.

Reports had previously indicated that the ground conditions were rated as “good” but the latest news from clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch has set off a flurry of activity in the ante post markets as damper conditions underfoot began to be reflected in punters wagers.

The rain at Aintree is set to continue with the latest statements from Tulloch confirming softening conditions on all courses at the venerable Grand National ground. “We have had 11mm so far but it is still raining and is expected to rain into the late afternoon, early evening and then peter out. This rain was forecast and there are some more showers about later in the week which could deliver three or four millimetres if we catch one.”

Both the Mildmay and the hurdles courses are considered good to soft, soft in places. GoingStick readings confirm a 6.4 on the Mildmay track and 6.3 on the hurdles track.

The weather forecast should come as great news for Alan King, who had made no qualms about West End Rocker's chances should he get some cooperative ground conditions. Bookmakers chopped him down to 12/1 from 14/1 after the forecast was confirmed by Andrew Tulloch. King declared, “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.”

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised continues his search for a unique double and has been taken into 6/1 for Grand National glory. 

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