Castle keeps jumping out as Grand National value

One of the forgotten horses of this year's John Smith's Grand National is the Arthur Moore-trained King John's Castle, runner-up in the 2008 renewal behind Comply Or Die, writes Elliot Slater.

The 11-year-old grey suffered an overreach just a week before last year's race and was unable to take his chance, a bitter blow to all concerned with the horse who was a leading ante-post fancy. This year King John's Castle can be backed at 50/1 in the Aintree Grand National 2010 and, although he's had a quiet time of things so far this season, now the weights have been published there are good reasons for believing we will see a rejuvenated horse in this weekend's Bobbyjo Chase, and even more so at Aintree on 10th April.

At his best the JP McManus-owned horse is a very decent staying chaser. A runner-up in both Grade 1 & 2 company in his native Ireland, Moore's gelding showed a real zest for the Aintree fences when jumping with tremendous enthusiasm and staying on well to chase home the gambled on Comply Or Die two years ago.

It doesn't always follow that a second visit to the Grand National circuit will bring a repeat performance, but King John's Castle had been expected to run a mighty race last year and the vibe is that connections are more than hopeful that he still retains all of his ability.

Having been allocated a handy racing weight of 10st 11lbs and been laid out again for another crack at Aintree, the odds on offer strike me as very fair and King John's Castle should merit an each-way Aintree Grand National 2010