COMPLY OR DIE was on Wednesday morning cut to 16-1 (from 25) by Paddy Power after owner DavidJohnson revealed that his retained rider Timmy Murphy would partner the 2008 winner, rather than The Package, who was shorter in the betting but was pushed out to a top-priced 16-1 (from 14-1) by William Hill following the news. Graham Lee, like Murphy a Grand National-winning jockey, will ride The Package.
David Johnson told At The Races: "Timmy Murphy will ride Comply Or Die. I have just been speaking to him and I told him it is make your mind up time, so he has decided to stay with Comply Or Die. "It doesn't surprise me as he's come first and second for the last two years, and it's very hard to get off that."
He added: "I think they've both got big chances, but it's a very tough race and every horse has a chance."
Nearly all the riding arrangements for the 2010 Grand National are complete, the exceptions being which horse Tony McCoy will partner, Can't Buy Time or Don't Push It - Richie McLernon will ride the former and Richie McGrath the latter depending on which he discards - while David and Patricia Thompson have delayed a decision on who will ride recent acquisition Character Building.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding jockey arrangements, Character Building was on Wednesday cut to 14-1 from 20-1 by Paddy Power to win the Grand National. The Package was left at the head of the sponsor's ante-post market for the Bet365 Gold Cup after Sunnyhillboy, who was 10-1 favourite, was on Wednesday taken out of the April 24 race, along with another early fancy, Galant Nuit.
Sunnyhillboy's trainer Jonjo O'Neill said on Wednesday afternoon: "He is finished for the season and has gone home."
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