The Arthur Moore-trained King Johns Castle is a real Grand National gamble and has been the subject of significant support with totesport today. Spokesman Damian Walker said: The 28-1 soon went and we are now 20-1 about King Johns Castle. Before today, it seemed obvious that Tony McCoy would plump for 14-1 shot Butlers Cabin of the JP McManus-owned National horses, but maybe his decision might not be so straightforward given this support for King Johns Castle.
Every single National winner since Gay Trip won the race in 1970 had previously won over three miles or further and as King Johns Castle hasnt done that, punters are taking his stamina on trust. It would be a surprise to us if McCoy rode Butlers Cabin who looks a very unwilling horse these days and this move for King John Castle, suggests McCoy will ride him.