Monbeg Dude challenges to be Grand National favourite

 

As the market intensifies ahead of Saturday's Grand National at Aintree, Michael Scudamore's Monbeg Dude is the one most punters are interested in.

Part-owned by former England rugby union player Mike Tindall, who is married to the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips, the nine-year-old is a former winner of the Welsh National and landed a handicap at Cheltenham earlier in the season.

"He's in the best shape we've ever had him, but this race more than any other is the one in which you need plenty of luck," said Scudamore.

Monbeg Dude's price was cut across the board, with William Hill as low as 10-1 from 14-1 following what was described as a "wave of support". He is expected to challenge for big-race favouritism on the day with Teaforthree.

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