Willie Mullins-trained has utterly dominated the Bobbyjo with the wide-margin victory of Acapella Bourgeois being the fifth on the trot for the trainer and his eighth in ten years. The 15-length victory for the mudlark prompted all the main bookies to slash the odds for the Randox Health Grand National from 50/1 to a general price of 25/1 although some operators have gone even lower at 20/1.
Following the race, Mullins stated that the Grand National was the most likely destination for the ten-year-old, especially if the going was on the soft side.
He said: “He’s in the English and Irish Nationals. There are a lot of connections and they are probably more leaning towards Aintree. I’d imagine at the moment that’s winning the vote in the Carlow camp. The weather will play a big part. We’ll have to see what the long-range forecast is like.
“Conditions suited him great today. Very heavy ground and a good test of stamina is exactly what he wants. He jumped well today, better than he did at Gowran in the Thyestes. These were his ideal conditions and he won well.”
Across the board, Acapella Bourgeois is a 20/1 shot for the 2020 Randox Health Grand National on 4th April 2020. Tiger Roll still heads the betting market with most operators going 5/1 that the Gordon Elliott runner makes history by becoming the first horse to win the race three times in succession, a feat never before accomplished.