Bookmakers fearing massive loss if one horse wins 2021 Grand National

Bookies fear huge losses if hot favourite Cloth Cap wins the Grand National this Saturday.

Trainer Jonjo O’Neill’s horse is already 7/2 to romp home in Saturday’s big race.

But Cloth Cap’s odds could plunge as low as 2/1 over the next four days – making him the shortest-priced National
favourite ever.

In 2019 Tiger Roll gave bookies a £250million headache as the fourth shortest-price winner at 4/1.

And punters have been piling the cash on Cloth Cap since jockey Tom Scudamore rode him to victory in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury in November and romped home at Kelso last month.

William Hill’s racing expert Rupert Adams said: “I cannot think of a bigger buzz for a horse. Therefore we need to get it beaten.

“As it stands, we think that if Cloth Cap wins the Grand National it will be the shortest-priced winner in the history of this extra-ordinary race.”

David Stevens, of Coral, said: “He’s currently 7/2, which makes him shorter than the 4/1 Tiger Roll was when he won his second National.’’

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  • Paddy Power’s Paul Binfield said: “This is the people’s race and Cloth Cap has a name conjuring images of a Lowry portrait.

    “He’s carrying a lot less weight than his ability has indicated and he’s bound to be extremely popular.”

    The shortest-priced fav-ourite to win the race was Poethlyn at 11/4 in 1919.

    The race at 5.15pm on Saturday will be screened by ITV and with a global audience of 600million .

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