Confidence high for ‘incredibly talented’ Grand National bet Snow Leopardess | horse racing news

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Snow Leopardess - Won the Becher Chase in December

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Snow Leopardess, who became a dam before returning to racing, is challenging the favorite for Saturday’s Randox Grand National after a bet on the gray mare escalated on Monday.

The Becher Chase heroine, at 14-1 odds heading into the weekend, was the new 7-1 favorite on Monday night with both Sky Bet (out of 9) and William Hill (out of 8) after a sustained support that saw its price drop compared to market rivals Any Second Now and Delta Work.

Snow Leopardess, who had a colt during a two-year break from racing, returned to training with Charlie Longsdon at the peak of her powers and won all three starts this season, including the Becher Chase over the national hurdles in December.

The ten-year-old’s popularity with punters is unmatched by the Fox-Pitt family, who believe that winning the show jumping main event would be “on par” with his illustrious equestrian achievements.

That was the view of ITV’s Alice Plunkett, whose mother-in-law, Marietta Fox-Pitt, is right at the heart of Snow Leopardess’s remarkable story, with the star gray mare, the fifth generation of her home-bred family.

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Things went from good to soft at Aintree on Monday, good news for the connections, with Plunkett saying victory in the big race would be “beyond words”.

Plunkett said: “As a family we have won badminton, Burghley six times holding the record and taking part in five Olympic Games. We have had incredible opportunities and experiences through horses, and if this could go ahead it would be fair.” there with the best.

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“This is the fifth generation of Marietta’s family, it’s been the work of a lifetime, so if she were to win it would be beyond words.

“Everyone is confident he will stay and we hope he has enough pace early on which is probably the biggest concern. The more rain the better and Aidan [Coleman] he has full confidence in her.

“Seeing her jump like she did at Becher Chase, she’s always had incredible range, it was fantastic. I was working at Sandown that day and I was totally disappointed, I kind of turned into Gwyneth Paltrow on acid!”

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Several firms expect market support to continue through the week and Snow Leopardess will not be short of getting back on course come Saturday.

Plunkett, who is married to Olympic runner William Fox-Pitt, said: “It’s getting very real and the logistics are set: we’re going to have 12 grandchildren there, Marietta’s four children and her other halves, so it’s going to be a great old Fox-Pitt clan in support.

“We’ve had enough horses in our lives to know dreams rarely come true, but to have her in one piece and hopefully ready to line up for the biggest race of them all is just amazing.”

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“She’s like the horse version of my mother-in-law: she’s phenomenally beautiful, incredibly talented, accomplished everything she set out to do, and having kids didn’t slow her down.

“She’s a big part of the fabric and Charlie and his wife Sophie, along with her boyfriend Jess, have done a fantastic job with her. She’s a wily old mare and she knows what she’s thinking: she’s herself, but Jess lets her be. that”. and she is treated like a queen.”

‘It was one-way traffic’

Snow Leopardess is “easily the worst result” for Sky Bet at this stage, with their support since Thursday being described as “one-way traffic”.

Sky Bet’s Michael Shinners said: “She is easily our worst finish at this stage. Since we ran out of bet Thursday at noon, she has received great support. We have accepted 4,000 more bets on her than on any other horse; It has been a one-way traffic for her.

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“We thought it might be later in the week that people would latch onto his story, but it’s already been very popular.

“As it stands, we can’t wait to dodge it and put a few others in our book, as it’s pretty unbalanced at the moment. We have put a lot on her and not much on anyone else.”

Delta Work was a 33-1 shot at National before their success at the Glenfarclas Chase at Cheltenham and is the worst result for Ladbrokes, but the firm expects Snow Leopardess to be “the public horse”.

Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: “This year we think Snow Leopardess will be the public horse, ticking boxes such as being grey, a mare, having a good name and telling a moving story.

“Delta Work is the biggest ante-post driver and liability right now for us, but the Charlie Longsdon-trained co-favorite is expected to fly ahead in the popularity stakes on the day he arrives.”

Randox Grand National (5.15 Aintree Saturday)

Sky Bet: 7 Snow Leopardess, 8 Delta Work, Any Second Now, 11 Escaria Ten, Enjoy D’Allen, Eclair Surf, 12 Minella Times, 14 Fiddlerontheroof, 16 Longhouse Poet, 20 bar

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