"There's a fine line between insanity and genius," someone once said. Lewis Jones is putting that theory to the test by tipping up a 180.0179/1 shot for the Grand National. Brave man...
"You need to find a horse that looks potentially ahead of his mark and Corrin Wood, despite his bulky price, does tick that box in my opinion."
Upsets in the Grand National do happen. More so than not in recent years, too. Just take a look at the starting price of four of the last six winners of the race: 100/1, 33/1, 66/1 and 25/1.
With the beauty of Betfair those prices would have started considerably bigger on the exchange, providing another example of why you really shouldn't bet anywhere else than Betfair for the world's greatest race.
Enough of the marketing spiel, let's get down to business. You've come here looking for a 100/1+ winner of the Grand National, and I'm about to give it you.
His name? Corrin Wood. His price? 180.0179/1!
Any horse with "McCain" next to his name in the Grand National deserves a second look.
The McCain family are synonymous with this famous steeplechase, mostly due to the exploits of three-time winner Red Rum, who was trained by Ginger McCain. However, two other Grand National wins have found their way back to the Cheshire-based team in the form of Amberleigh House in 1999 and Ballabriggs in 2010.
Corrin Wood and Across The Bay 50.049/1 lead the McCain charge this year in their search for a fifth Aintree title and it's the chances of the 180.0179/1 poke that should have big-price seekers feeling all lightheaded.
One of the most important things to consider when planning a punt on the National is that it's a handicap. If the men with the calculators and measuring tape have got it right, then all 40 horses should cross the line at the same time.
Obviously, horse racing isn't an exact science and the marks and weights allocated to horses leave some better off than others due to various circumstances. What I'm trying to say is, don't get carried away and lose your basic punting philosophies, you need to find a horse that looks potentially ahead of his mark - Corrin Wood, despite his bulky price, does tick that box in my opinion.
He went off just 10/1 for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last season after winning three novice chases in a style of a horse set for a lucrative career three-mile chasing. Things didn't go to plan that day as his jumping was scratchy and ultimately he was outclassed, finishing well down the field.
McCain's charge has failed to progress since that early promise but did show signs of a revival at Wetherby on Boxing Day, where he went well for a long way before tiring into third off a mark of 147.
I'm certain we haven't seen this best of this talented jumper and his mark of 144 makes him an attractive proposal when he finds a race where everything falls right for him. Is the Grand National that race? There is a chance and I'm willing to pay to find out at odds of 180.0179/1.
Back Corrin Wood @ 180.0179/1