Junior has been the most popular 2012 Grand National choice with Paddy Power punters among the leading fancies on the eve of the big Aintree race.
David Pipe’s runner is in to 12/1 co-second favourite for the world’s greatest steeplechase, with Synchronised continuing to head the market at 15/2.
The nine-year-old, who has been aimed at the four-and-a-half mile marathon all season, is bidding to become the first horse ever to complete a treble of winning at Royal Ascot, the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National.
Jockey Tom Scudamore believes Junior has all the mental qualities required of a horse set to adapt perfectly to the unique surroundings of the Grand National.
Scudamore said: “David has been very happy with him at home. I’ve seen him about the place and he looks fantastic, in really good order.
“He has always struck me as an ideal Grand National type. He is very similar to the likes of Blowing Wind and Bindaree in that he is a very intelligent horse to ride and very straightforward.
“He can cope with big occasions having won at Royal Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival. He thrives on it.
“You need horses that are brave, you need nimbleness and above all intelligence. You need a horse that can think for themselves and sort themselves out because there is plenty going on, not just with the fences but loose horses and things all around.
“I don’t see any reason why he won’t take to Liverpool and thrive on it.”