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Aintree Festival Day 2

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Tony McCoy confirmed that he would ride Butlers Cabin over Can’t Buy Time and L’Ami in Saturday’s John Smith’s Grand National and that horse was cut by Stan James to 8/1 joint favourite for the National with My Will who was eased from 7s to 8/1.

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The first day of what promises to be three wonderful days of racing in the spring sunshine of Aintree begins with The Grade 2 Liverpool Hurdle 3m 110y at 2:00. To cut straight to the chase, you can see all of Aintree's betting markets now at stanjames.com.

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The overnight defection of War Of Attrition has led to a shake up this morning in the betting for the 2009 John Smith’s Grand National. Trainer Mouse Morris wasn’t happy with the former Gold Cup winner and he will now be targeted at the Guinness Gold Cup at Punchestown.

Stan James are betting 9/2 the field ahead of the semi-finals of the Stan James Greyhound Grand National the semi finals of which are at Wimbledon on Friday evening.

Stan James make My Will, the confirmed mount of Ruby Walsh, the 8/1 favourite for the 2009 John Smith's Grand National as the weights rose 3lbs at the five-day stage this morning following the defection of both Snoopy Loopy and Nozic.

We are awaiting the five-day entries for the 2009 John Smith's Grand National and as soon as they are in we will be betting Non Runner No Bet, Best Odds Guaranteed and 1/4 odds 1,2,3,4,5

The Stan James Grand National takes centre stage tomorrow with six heats from Wimbledon including Heat 2 which will see at least one of the antepost favourites be eliminated. Lorraine Sams has fancied runners in four of the Heats and we also have a market as to how many Heat winners she will train on the night.

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The heats for the Stan James Greyhound Grand National begin at Wimbledon on Saturday evening and Stan James bet 5/1 the field with Nebuchadnezzar the ante post market leader. 

I’m not convinced Villa could have picked a worse time than last Sunday to entertain a talented, but previously disjointed Spurs side and the same comment applies to the visit to Liverpool tomorrow.

It's over a month since Villa last won a game and by the time they play Spurs on Sunday they are likely to have slipped out of a Champions League position given Arsenal play Blackburn Rovers at the Emirates tomorrow.

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