|2011 Grand National Winner Ballabriggs Could Cost Bookmaker £250k|
The 2011 Grand National champion Ballabriggs is fast becoming a favourite for this year’s race after drawing a lot of bets in recent days ahead of this year’s run.
Ballabriggs, owned by millionaire Trevor Hemmings from the Isle of Man, has been at the centre of a buzz of interest in the fortnight running up to this year’s hurdle spectacular and bookmakers are predicting he could soon be listed as one of the favourites for this year’s race.
Isle of Man bookmaker Joe Jennings has already said that punters on the island stand to win over £20,000 if Ballabriggs wins the Grand National this coming Saturday at Aintree and that pay out could rise to a figure as high as £250,000 if bets continue to come in as they have.
Joe Jennings operates five betting shops on the Isle of Man with four offices based in Douglas and one office based in Ramsey. Last year, the bookmaker had to pay out £150,000 due to Ballabriggs finishing the race victorious.
Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised is the current favourite to win the Grand National at 7/1 with Paddy Power. The initial favourite for the race, Prince De Beauchene, was forced to withdraw from the race last week after suffering a stress fracture to the hip. Ballabriggs is available at bookmakers for prices varying between 12/1 and 20/1.
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