Final Nudge at 50/1 the final shout in the Grand National

I’ve already sent out Milansbar at 50/1, Virgilio at 100/1 as recommended bets for the Grand National. Rather than betting EW (although the choice is yours) I prefer backing two or three to win. I still like the original selections and am surprised Milansbar is still available in places at 33/1 – I doubt that will still be on offer come 5.15 Saturday.

My third and final selection is Final Nudge. With the ground given as heavy, horses who’ve proven they act on that surface should be at a considerable advantage. Horses carrying light weights should also be helped as those with heavier burdens labour even harder in the mud. There’s nothing notable or newsworthy about Final Nudge (so often there is a story to go with a Grand National hope). He’s just a decent stayer who might find everything aligning for him in this.  His form figures in heavy ground are  2115113. That 3rd was in the Welsh Grand National in January. He’ll have cheekpieces on for the first time this season (he’s won with them before).

I recommend (see here) that you bet Final Nudge for the Grand National with Bet365 at 50/1.

Enjoy the racing and don’t bet more than you can afford to lose with a smile.

Joe

TV Tips Friday 13th April 2018

Post-racing update:  two non runners left us with £5 staked in total for a return of  £7.90 (1 winner, 1 2nd, 1 loser). We go into Saturday carrying a deficit to £1 stakes of £21.32.  Hopefully one or two long-time readers here will have backed Jester Jet in the first, who won the first, a non-TV race, at 20/1. I’ve tipped her two or three times but sadly deserted her today.

2.20

The favourite Global Citizen could be the Next Big Thing so impressive has he been in his last two outings. But a combination of him being very short in the market and, more importantly Irish Roe being far too big, makes me opt for the latter. Irish Roe had been in fine form until running at Newbury last time in the Betfair Hurdle where she flopped badly, running no sort of race and being pulled up. Prior to that she’d run some fine races in very good company and I think the bookies have seriously overreacted to the Newbury defeat. Every horse is entitled to an off day and Irish Roe is worth backing each way.

Irish Roe 20/1  EW Betfair, Paddy Power, Bet365

 

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2.50

I’ve liked Terrefort a lot since first seeing him. I tipped him when 2nd at the Festival and won’t desert him here.

Terrefort 7/2  Betfair, Paddy Power

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3.25

An improver like Balko Des Flos is typically a horse I’d be keen to have a few quid on. But I’m wary of his jumping style; he seems scrappy at best and downright sloppy at times and it speaks volumes for his engine that he’s achieved what he has. But these Mildmay fences just might catch him out and, at the short price, I’m not willing to take the chance. Min is another whose jumping does not convince me; he can look babyish and lanky at times. Min also needs to prove he gets this trip in a truly run race and that he’s over his Cheltenham exertions. He too is very short in the market.

I’ll take a chance with Cloudy Dream, who’s been called more names than L’Ami Serge has. But he is – touch wood – usually a fine jumper and has run really well here before. Track and ground should be fine and he is the choice.

Cloudy Dream 12/1  Betfair, Paddy Power

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4.05

It’s more than 2 years since Art Mauresque raced on soft ground, a surface he’s run on just 4 time since coming from France where he won on very soft ground. He’s known now as a good ground horse and that has helped his price here.  I think he might be improving and is worth taking a chance with. He ran well behind the top class Waiting Patiently when 2nd at Kempton (good to soft), then went well for a long way (arguably being made too much use of by young Cobden) over 3 miles last time when his stamina seemed to run out. Nick Scholfield, who has ridden the horse in all 6 of his UK victories takes over in the saddle. At this 20f trip he can make amends, although he’ll need plenty of luck in a field this size over the Grand National fences.

Art Mauresque 20/1  Bet365: Wm Hill

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4.40

The two at the top of the market in this took part in the Albert Bartlett at the festival, a race in which there are no easy runs. They’re both pretty short here too and I’d rather go with the improving mare Roksana. The Skeltons brought her along quietly until moving her suddenly up in class to win a Grade 2 at Newbury last time, her first venture into handicap company. Her two runs before that were easyish victories at Fontwell and Plumpton, although between those two races, from a total of 19 runners have come a total of 12 wins (inc Roksana) and 7 places.

She races as though she’d prefer better ground but has won on soft and on heavy. She also looks like she still has quite a bit to learn about racing which gives me confidence that there is probably still a fair bit of improvement to come. This is a step up in trip but she stayed on well last time in soft ground and, on breeding, it shouldn’t be a problem. Her sole half-sibling, Robin Roe, showed bags of stamina to win at Aintree in 2016 (he too is a Skelton horse although he’s been out injured for some time). Her sire has a solid strike rate at around this trip.

Roksana 12/1 Bet365  Skybet  Ladbrokes

 

In the 4.05, Skybet will pay 6 places on each way bets and in the 4.40, 4 places, and I recommend as part of today’s stakes you include a £1 EW double with that firm on Art Mauresque (16/1) and Roksana (12/1).

Enjoy the racing and don’t bet more than you can afford to lose with a smile.

Joe

 

TV Tips Thursday 12th April 2018

Post racing update: a mixed day and I must now accept that Bristol De Mai is not the horse I thought he was, although his second place did get us a small profit. Grand Vision fell, Diakali carted his rider, who did the right thing in not fighting with him. Hard to believe that given the ease with which We Have A Dream won, allied to his strength in the market, they bothered bringing the disappointing Beau Gosse from France. Anyway, Bentelimar scooted home in fine fashion, helping ensure a £7.10 profit on the day. We go into Friday carrying a deficit to £1 stakes of £24.22

Another Grand National meeting rolls around, extending what is already a long path for me back through the years. My first vivid memory of Aintree was when I was out with my father one afternoon. We met a friend of his who set about describing with considerable drama how a rank outsider, Foinavon, had just won the Grand National.

More than fifty years have passed since then, five of which I spent working at Aintree in the mid 1990s. The meeting always brings excitement as well as memories for me and I hope I can tip and back some winners.

Let’s get started.

2.20

Given that she never settled in the Triumph Hurdle, Apple’s Shakira did remarkably well to finish 4th in the race having taken so much out of herself, and, at first glance, I thought she’d be my automatic pick for this. But the race also features her stablemate, We Have A Dream, unbeaten in four races in the UK and in the formidable ownership if Munir and Souede, who have some top notch animals.

Trainer Nicky Henderson is on record as saying he wouldn’t like to choose between these two (although Nicky often says ‘more than his prayers’, to quote an old Irish phrase). What struck me when looking through the field is that another Munir Souede horse comes from France to run here – Beau Gosse. He’s 18/1 while Apple’s Shakira and We Have A Dream dispute favouritism at around 2/1.

Reportedly the owners’ retained jockey was ‘given the choice’ and picked we Have A Dream. But why even mention he’d be given the choice when it would seem a no-brainer? Why go to the trouble of bringing the horse across the channel? The trainer of Beau Gosse, Macaire, is no fool, and top NH jockey in France, James Revelely comes over to ride in preference to going to Autueil. Macaire has no further entries at Aintree that I can see.

Beau Gosse ran at Kempton last time when a well beaten third to Redicean. Connections believe the good ground was against him that day.

All in all, I’d much sooner take the chance that Beau Gosse will spring a surprise at big odds than tip one of the shorties and I make him an each way bet.

Beau Gosse EW  18/1 (Betfair Sporstbook)

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2.50

Short and sweet as I think Bristol De Mai  has a good chance of winning this. I explain why in this post, sent on Tuesday to those who subscribe to this blog.

Bristol De Mai  EW at 11/2 (Betfair, Paddy Power and Unibet)

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3.25

Having tipped him for the Stayer’s Hurdle last time, I thought I’d be doing so again with The New One here, but an outsider makes greater appeal. Diakali’s had more than his share of training troubles, eventually leaving the care of Willie Mullins in January in a transfer to Gary Moore.

This will be his first appearance for the yard and his first time on a racecourse for almost a year. But his sole Aintree outing was in this race in 2014 when he failed by just a nose and a head to get to The New One and Rock On Ruby.  He’s reported to be sparkling at home and at the price I’m happy to take an EW chance.

Diakali EW 28/1 (Betfair)

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4.20

It’s always good to watch any race over the Grand National fences, and the amateur riders get their first chance of glory here over 2m 5f. Most of these runners are a fair age. I quite like the youngster Sir Jack Yeats, who’s just 7, but his jumping style suggests to me that he might not take to these fences. I’ll bypass him in favour of Grand Vision, ridden by the superb Jamie Codd.

Grand Vision 9/2 (Unibet)

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4.40

Bentelimar is a hard horse to win with, but he’s been running well over about half a mile farther recently. His last run at Kempton saw him fade rather tamely having travelled well. That was after almost two months off and he should be sharper for it. The drop in trip here should help and first time cheekpieces are tried.

Bentelimar 12/1 (Boylesports)

I’ll be having £1 stakes as appropriate (EW where mentioned) on the above and suggest you do the same. We ought to take advantage of the three places on offer and back Bristol De Mai and Diakali in an EW double to £1 stakes with Betfair Sportsbook.

Enjoy the racing and don’t bet more than you can afford to lose with a smile. I’ll update the profit and loss for TV Tips after racing. Going into today, we are running at a loss of  £31.32 to £1 stakes.

Joe

 

 

 

 

 

Munir/Suoede

 

 

Back Bristol De Mai at 6/1 for the Betfair Bowl

Regular readers will know how much I think of Bristol De Mai. Many experts believe he is a horse who cannot replicate his exceptional Haydock heavy ground form elsewhere, nor even go close to doing so. I’m of the opinion that, given the right circumstances, he can. Not only that, I believe he is not significantly ground dependent.

Why then has his form been so inconsistent?

Who knows? On Thursday we will find out if what the horse has needed all along is sufficient time to recover from tough races. I suspect this might be the key, and have done since his comparatively poor run in the King George, which came four weeks after his 57 length victory in heavy ground in the Betfair Chase. There is no way of knowing how that history-making success affected the horse or how much it took out of him. Most trainers are optimists and Nigel Twiston-Davies who trains Bristol De Mai is at the top of the optimism charts. Nigel believes horses are for racing rather than standing in a box.

I had backed Bristol De Mai  for the Gold Cup and was praying that Twister would avoid the Cotswold Chase with the grey. Again, regular readers will know that I consider that race a graveyard for Gold Cup hopes (Definitly Red added himself to the list this year, despite his trainer saying he had come out of the race absolutely fine). Conversely, Nigel Twiston-Davies took Bristol De Mai, (who finished a gallant but knackered third in the Cotswold) out of the Gold Cup about three weeks prior to the race – an almost unheard of move for the trainer, especially as the grey was his only possible runner at that stage.  Bristol De Mai must have been showing very obvious signs of fatigue or some other ailment for Twister to take him out of the race at such an advanced stage. I see he has also had wind surgery.

Anyway, I think the horse ran a much better race than he was given credit for in the 2017 Gold Cup on good ground. He’s still only 7. I believe he has the talent to beat Might Bite and on Thursday we will find out. If I’m wrong, I’m hoping to find out cost-free in that he’ll be second or third in the eight-runner race where I’ve backed him each way.

William Hill offer 6/1 via Oddschecker although I could not find the race on their site. Nor could it be found by clicking on the Oddschecker link. Ladbrokes are advertising 11/2 and I advise you to back the horse now each way with them as he should be shorter come Thursday.

“I strongly recommend” (see here) – backing Bristol De Mai each way with Hills – if they will lay it at 6/1 – or with Ladbrokes at 11/2 to win the Betfair Bowl.

Enjoy the racing and don’t bet more than you can afford to lose with a smile.

Joe

 

Grand National Chat and Aintree Bits and Pieces

63 go forward for Saturday’s £1-million Randox Health Grand National at Aintree, with Katie Walsh keen on Baie Des Iles

Dateline Monday, 10 April 2018

Ante-post joint-favourite Blaklion headlines 63 entries eager to take part in Aintree’s £1-million Randox Health Grand National at 5.15pm on Saturday, April 14 – the 171st running – following today’s five-day confirmation stage.

Staged over four and a quarter miles and 30 fences, the Randox Health Grand National is the world’s greatest and richest chase – the culmination of Aintree’s three-day Randox Health Grand National Festival.

Katie Walsh is keenly anticipating partnering Baie Des Iles (10st 7lb, 33/1 with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival) in Saturday’s £1-million contest.

Trained by Walsh’s husband Ross O’Sullivan in Ireland, the seven-year-old grey mare was a fine third behind subsequent Irish Grand National fourth Folsom Blue in a Grand National trial at Punchestown in February.

Amateur rider Walsh, a Randox Health Grand National Festival Ambassador for the fourth time in 2018, achieved the highest-ever finish by a female jockey in the Aintree spectacular when third aboard Seabass, trained by her father Ted, in 2012. She has completed the course on four of her five Grand National rides.

Walsh said this afternoon: “Baie Des Iles is really well at home and we are very much looking forward to Saturday.

“She did a nice piece of work towards the end of last week and everything has gone smoothly with her.

“We’re hoping that she will take to the fences and she is a really solid jumper. She ran plenty of times in France over different obstacles and her jumping is one of her biggest assets.

“She has jumped well in all of her races and she is neat and accurate over her fences. She doesn’t jump them too high and measures her fences nicely.

“She ran a cracker at Punchestown on her last start. I wasn’t overly hard on her and she was carrying a lot of weight. The form took a boost with the two horses in front of her running well in the Irish National last week (Isleofhopeanddreams 2nd and Folsom Blue 4th).

“It’s always very difficult to have a horse for the Grand National, but she has an attractive profile and is relatively unexposed.

“She has plenty of form on heavy ground, but she has a good action and I think better ground wouldn’t be too much of an issue either.

“We’re counting down the days now, but it’s going to be a great experience and I’m looking forward to riding in the race again and especially for Ross.

“There is so much luck involved in a Grand National. It can depend on where you’ve been positioned throughout the race or whether you’re behind a horse who doesn’t jump well. There are a lot of variable involved.

“Every runner has a chance of winning the Grand National – you just do not know what is going to happen. We’re really excited about Baie Des Iles and it will be great to be a part of the race again – I’m really looking forward to it.

“Zorka Wentworth [owner] has been a great supporter of the yard who loves the game of National Hunt racing, so she’s also looking forward to the experience.”

Last year’s fourth Blaklion (11st 9lb), one of four entries for dual Grand National-winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, was a decisive nine-length winner over The Last Samuri (Kim Bailey, 11st 7lb, 16/1) in the G3 Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase (3m 2f) over the Grand National fences at Aintree on December 9.

The Gloucestershire-based trainer is also hoping to run Double Ross (10st 5lb, 100/1), Splash Of Ginge (10st, 66/1) and Cogry (10st, 100/1), although it is doubtful whether the last two will get in the final field of 40, plus four reserves, revealed on Thursday morning.

Blaklion was second under top-weight on his latest start in the Betfred Grand National Trial Handicap Chase on heavy ground at Haydock Park on February 17, and has since had a wind operation.

He is the 10/1 joint-favourite with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, as he attempts to provide Twiston-Davies with a third winner following the victories of Earth Summit (1998) and Bindaree (2002).

Another 10/1 joint favourite is the Willie Mullins-trained Total Recall (11st 4lb), who was staying-on when falling at the third last in the G1 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival in March, having landed the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury in December.

Ireland’s champion Jump trainer Mullins, successful in the Randox Health Grand National with Hedgehunter in 2005, has two other entries going forward courtesy of Pleasant Company (10st 10lb, 33/1), 10th in last year’s renewal, and Children’s List (10st 7lb, 66/1).

Gordon Elliott, winner of the Grand National with Silver Birch (2007) in his first season with a training licence, is responsible for the third 10/1 joint-favourite, Tiger Roll (10st 12lb), who became the sixth horse to win three different races at the Cheltenham Festival following his success in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase last month.

Elliott, who beat Mullins eight to seven in the number of winners sent out at the Cheltenham Festival, is also likely to be represented by Ucello Conti (10st 9lb, 25/1), who was sixth in the 2016 Grand National before unseating his rider at the 22nd fence in last year’s renewal. He is also responsible for Bless The Wings (10st 5lb, 50/1) and the recent Irish Grand National winner General Principle (10st 1lb, 33/1).

Britain’s current champion Jump trainer Nicky Henderson is set to be represented by Gold Present (11st 3lb, 22/1), a three-length winner of a Listed handicap chase at Ascot on December 23, who had an issue when pulled up in the G3 Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Colin Tizzard’s The Dutchman (10st 10lb, 28/1), was an impressive winner of the G2 Peter Marsh Chase on heavy ground at Haydock over an extended three miles and one furlong on January 20, in which Captain Redbeard (Stuart Coltherd, 10st 6lb, 33/1) was 13 lengths behind in second.

The Dutchman burst a blood vessel when pulled up in the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock Park in February, but assistant trainer Joe Tizzard reports the eight-year-old son of King’s Theatre to be in fine fettle.

Tizzard reported today: “The Dutchman is in good form. We took him down to David Pipe’s for a school on Friday morning over the Grand National trial fences and Harry Cobden rode him and the horse jumped well.

“He burst a blood vessel on his last run and came home all wrong. It is not something he is prone to do, so hopefully that’s sorted.

“He will handle the ground well if it does turn up soft, and he won well on heavy ground at Haydock in January, while he is not totally exposed.”

A maximum of 40 runners can line up at 5.15pm on Saturday, April 14 for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National. The final declaration stage is at 10.00am on Thursday, April 12. The declared runners, plus a maximum of four reserves, will be known shortly after this time.

Reserves come into the race if there are any withdrawals among the 40 declared runners prior to 1.00pm on Friday, April 13.

The 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree runs from Thursday, April 12 to Saturday, April 14.

Seeyoumidnight purchased by Patricia Thompson

The Sandy Thomson-trained Seeyouatmidnight (10st 11lb), currently a 16/1 shot with Betway for the Randox Health Grand National, has been bought by Patricia Thompson ahead of Saturday’s race.

This has been a successful tactic for Thompson, who owns Cheveley Park Stud in Newmarket with her husband David, in the past as she bought Party Politics from owner-breeder David Stoddart days before the gelding won the 1992 running of the world’s greatest chase.

The owner has tried to repeat this feat on several occasions, but has been out of luck in recent years.

Last year, she purchased Le Mercurey (who finished 12th) and Highland Lodge (pulled up before the final fence) in the days leading up to the Randox Health Grand National and then snapped up Just A Par (who finished 14th and ran in the colours of the Thompsons’ son, Richard) at the Goffs UK Aintree Horses-in-Training Sale at the racecourse after racing on the first day of the meeting, Grand National Thursday.

Prior to the 2010 Randox Health Grand National, Thompson purchased the well-fancied Character Building, who went on to be seventh under leading amateur rider Nina Carberry, a total of 37 lengths adrift of the A P McCoy-ridden winner Don’t Push It. Both Character Building and Carberry returned the following year for another crack at the race, but could only finish 15th behind the Donald McCain-trained Ballabriggs.

Seeyouatmidnight has faced a race against in time in order to qualify for this year’s Randox Health Grand National.

The 10-year-old, who previously ran in the colours of Sandy Thomson’s wife Quona, needed to run in a chase this season, but several abandoned meetings had frustrated the Scottish-based trainer in his attempt to get Seeyouatmidnight to meet the qualifying criteria.

However, the horse eventually managed to qualify for the Randox Health Grand National following a run at Newbury on March 24, when he finished third under top-weight in a handicap chase over two and a half miles, Seeyouatmidnight’s first outing for a year following wind surgery.

Seeyouatmidnight beat another one of his rivals on Saturday, Regal Encore (10st 12lb, 33/1), when making a successful debut under Rules at 66/1 in a Hexham novice (under Randox Health Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania) in December, 2013 and he went on the same season to land the G2 Rendlesham Hurdle at Haydock.

As a novice over fences, he beat Blaklion, the 10/1 current joint-favourite for this year’s Randox Health Grand National, in the G2 Dipper Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham in 2016 and, the following season, he had the measure of subsequent G1 winner Bristol De Mai in the Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase at Carlisle.

Betway keeping an eye on Fly

Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, cannot split 10/1 shots Blaklion, Tiger Roll and Total Recall at the head of the market for Saturday’s £1-million Randox Health Grand National following this afternoon’s five-day confirmation stage.

The trio have been at the head of Betway’s ante-post book for some time now, with Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Anibale Fly next in the betting at 11/1 following his fine effort at The Festival last month.

Top-weight Minella Rocco is next at 16/1, alongside Seeyouatmidnight, just purchased by Randox Health Grand National winning-owner Patricia Thompson, and The Last Samuri, who finished second behind Rule The World in the 2016 running of the world’s greatest chase.

“At the moment, it’s looking like one of Blaklion, Tiger Roll, Total Recall or Anibale Fly will go off as favourite for this year’s Grand National but, as we’ve seen many times over the years, this can all change in the run-up to Saturday – especially with an unsettled weather forecast over the next few days,” said Betway’s Alan Alger.

“However, it will be interesting to see if there is any further support for Anibale Fly over the next few days after it was confirmed that Barry Geraghty will be on board on Saturday and it’s not inconceivable that he joins the current co-favourites of three at the head of the market in the next 48 hours.”

Randox Health Grand National – NRNB – Betway bet: 10/1 Blaklion, Tiger Roll, Total Recall; 11/1 Anibale Fly; 16/1 Minella Rocco, Seeyouatmidnight, The Last Samuri; 22/1 Gold Present; 25/1 Gas Line Boy, I Just Know, Ucello Conti; 28/1 The Dutchman, Vieux Lion Rouge; 33/1 Baie Des Iles, Captain Redbeard, General Principle, Milansbar, Pleasant Company, Regal Encore, Shantou Flyer, Vicente, Vintage Clouds; 40/1 Alpha Des Obeaux, Raz De Maree, Saint Are; 50/1 Bless The Wings, Buywise, Carlingford Lough, Final Nudge, Valseur Lido, Warriors Tale; 66/1 Bonny Kate, Braqueur d’Or, Chase The Spud, Childrens List, Delusionofgrandeur, Houblon Des Obeaux, Lord Windermere, Pendra, Perfect Candidate, Road to Riches, Splash of Ginge, The Young Master, Thunder And Roses, Walk In The Mill; 80/1 Virgilio; 100/1 Beeves, Cogry, Double Ross, Maggio, Minella Daddy, Mysteree, Phils Magic, Relentless Dreamer, Rouge Angel, Sir Mangan, Tenor Nivernais, Wounded Warrior; 125/1 Alfie Spinner, Henry Parry Morgan, Out Sam; 150/1 Dancing Shadow, Krackatoa King.
1/5 the odds 1-2-3-4-5

Randox Health Grand National: First Fence Fallers – Betway bet: 8/15 At least one horse to fall or unseat at the 1st fence; 11/8 All runners to jump the first fence safely

Randox Health Grand National: Winning Distance – Betway bet: 15/8 Under Three Lengths; 6/4 Three to Nine Lengths inclusive; 2/1 Over Nine Lengths.

Randox Health Grand National: Number of Finishers – Betway bet: 6/4 Under 16 Finishers; 16-18 horses (inc) to finish; 2/1 Over 18 horses to finish.

Randox Health Grand National: Age of Winner – Betway bet: 2/1 7 or 8 year-old; 7/4 9-year-old; 5/2 10-year-old; 3/1 11-year-old or older.

Randox Health Grand National: Special – Betway bet: 11/10Irish Trained Winner

Randox Health Grand National: Winning Weight – Betway bet: 15/8 10st 7lb or less; 9/4 10st – 10st 11lb inclusive; 11/8 10st 12lb or more.

Randox Health Grand National: Special – Betway bet: 6/1 J P McManus-owned Winner

Randox Health Grand National: Special – Betway bet: 6/4 to be a False Start

Randox Health Grand National: Special – Betway bet: 20/1 Female-trained Winner

Randox Health Grand National: Special – Betway bet: 7/1 Gordon Elliott-trained Winner

Going news

Clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch reported it had been dry for 36 hours at 5pm today. He described today’s weather at Aintree as being bright and breezy and amended the going descriptions for all courses this afternoon.

He said: “We have showers and drizzle forecast on and off through to Saturday. The courses have been drying, but whether that continues depends on the quantity of rain we receive.”

Mildmay course – Good to Soft (from Good to Soft, Soft in places)
Hurdle course- Good to Soft, Soft in places stands’ side (Soft, Good to Soft in places)
Grand National course – Soft, Good to Soft in places (Soft)

GoingStick readings at noon today – Mildmay 6.2, Hurdle 5.9 and National 5.

Forecast
Tuesday – rain clearing mid-morning – 3mm. Thereafter, mainly dry with brighter spells, breezy, 12C.
Wednesday – cloudy & breezy with drizzle overnight, 13C.
Thursday – dry with sunny spells. Rain overnight – 2mm, 12C.
Friday – cloudy, showers through afternoon, 12C.
Saturday – cloudy am, showers pm, 12C.

Three Grade Ones to whet the appetite

Saturday’s racing at Aintree isn’t all about the world’s most famous chase, the £1-million Randox Health Grand National. There are three Grade One races before the day’s feature, starting with the £100,000 Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (2.25pm, 25 entries) run over two miles and four furlongs.

This year’s renewal includes Black Op (Tom George), who was second in the G1 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at last month’s Cheltenham Festival to Samcro on soft ground, having previously finished second in a G2 Novices’ Hurdle in January on heavy ground.

Claimantakinforgan (Nicky Henderson), fifth in the G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival, is a G2 winner this term, having landed the Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle at Ascot in December on soft ground, and is looking to improve on his Cheltenham showing. Another runner in the Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham was Lostintranslation (Colin Tizard), who came home seventh.

The Alan Spence-owned and Nicky Henderson-trained On The Blind Side remains unbeaten after three runs under Rules and a maiden point-to-point victory in Ireland. Sold for £205,000 after his point-to-point success, at the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham January sale, the Stowaway gelding has registered two G2 victories.

The £100,000 G1 Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase (3.00pm, 12 entries) over two miles has attracted the Nicky Henderson-trained Brain Power, who was second to Footpad in the G1 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase on heavy going at The Festival and is the highest rated (155) in the race.

Cyrname won the G2 Pendil Chase at Kempton last time out. The Nickname gelding is trained by Paul Nicholls, who won this race with San Benedeto last year.

Petit Mouchoir , third in the G1 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase, is also entered in the G1 Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase. The Henry de Bromhead-trained chaser finished second in a G1 at Leopardstown after taking a beginners’ chase at Punchestown on yielding to soft ground in October, 2017.

The final G1 on Saturday is the Ryanair Stayers Hurdle (4.20pm, 13 entries), run over three miles and half a furlong. Sam Spinner, trained Jedd O’Keeffe for owners Caron and Paul Chapman, is looking to improve on his fifth in the G1 Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

He has to turn around the form with the Cheltenham second and third, Supasundae (Jessica Harrington IRE) and Wholestone (Nigel Twiston-Davies).

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ star The New One, who had a disappointing first try at three miles in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle when 12th, also looks to bounce back into form.

The Randox Health Grand National
Grade 3 handicap chase, £1 million total prize fund. Aintree, 5.15pm Saturday, April 14, 2018. 4m 2f 74yds over the Grand National fences. For seven-year-olds and upwards which, have started in a chase during the current season and who, up to and including March 19, have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a steeple chase with an official distance description of’ two miles seven and a half furlongs’ or more and which are allotted a rating of 125 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 11. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at closing may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including February 11 would merit a minimum rating of 125. Entries closes January 30, entries revealed January 31 (105 entries), weights revealed February 13 (104 go forward – 1 not qualified), first scratchings deadline February 27 (90 entries remained), second scratchings deadline March 20 (73 entries remained), five-day confirmations April 9 (63 confirmations), final declarations 10am April 12. Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.

Horse
Age
Wgt
Owner
Trainer
1)
MINELLA ROCCO (IRE)
8
11-10
J P McManus
Jonjo O’Neill
2)
BLAKLION
9
11-09
Simon Such & Gino Paletta
Nigel Twiston-Davies
3)
ANIBALE FLY (FR)
8
11-07
J P McManus
Tony Martin IRE
4)
THE LAST SAMURI (IRE)
10
11-07
Paul & Clare Rooney
Kim Bailey
5)
VALSEUR LIDO (FR)
9
11-06
Gigginstown House Stud
Henry de Bromhead IRE
6)
TOTAL RECALL (IRE)
9
11-04
Slaneyville Syndicate
Willie Mullins IRE
7)
ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR)
8
11-03
Gigginstown House Stud
Mouse Morris IRE
8)
GOLD PRESENT (IRE)
8
11-03
John & Barbara Cotton
Nicky Henderson
9)
PERFECT CANDIDATE (IRE)
11
11-02
ISL Recruitment
Fergal O’Brien
10)
SHANTOU FLYER (IRE)
8
11-01
Carl Hinchy
Richard Hobson

11)
TENOR NIVERNAIS (FR)
11
11-00
Boultbee Brooks Ltd
Venetia Williams
12)
CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE)
12
11-00
J P McManus
John Kiely IRE
13)
VICENTE (FR)
9
10-13
Trevor Hemmings
Paul Nicholls
14)
TIGER ROLL (IRE)
8
10-12
Gigginstown House Stud
Gordon Elliott IRE
15)
REGAL ENCORE (IRE)
10
10-12
J P McManus
Anthony Honeyball
16)
VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR)
9
10-12
Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent
David Pipe
17)
CHASE THE SPUD
10
10-11
Christine Banks
Fergal O’Brien
18)
WARRIORS TALE
9
10-11
Trevor Hemmings
Paul Nicholls
19)
SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT
10
10-11
Patricia Thompson
Sandy Thomson
20)
GAS LINE BOY (IRE)
12
10-10
The Three Graces
Ian Williams

21)
THE DUTCHMAN (IRE)
8
10-10
SprayClad UK
Colin Tizzard
22)
PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE)
10
10-10
Malcolm Denmark
Willie Mullins IRE
23)
UCELLO CONTI (FR)
10
10-09
Simon Munir/Isaac Souede
Gordon Elliott IRE
24)
SAINT ARE (FR)
12
10-09
David Fox
Tom George
25)
BEEVES (IRE)
11
10-09
Paul & Clare Rooney
Jennie Candlish
26)
RAZ DE MAREE (FR)
13
10-08
James Swan
Gavin Cromwell IRE
27)
I JUST KNOW (IRE)
8
10-07
Michael Scholey & the late Ray Scholey
Sue Smith
28)
VIRGILIO (FR)
9
10-07
C J Edwards, D Futter, A H Rushworth
Dan Skelton
29)
BAIE DES ILES (FR)
7
10-07
Zorka Wentworth
Ross O’Sullivan IRE
30)
MAGGIO (FR)
13
10-07
Douglas Pryde/James Beaumont
Patrick Griffin IRE

31)
PENDRA (IRE)
10
10-07
J P McManus
Charlie Longsdon
32)
BUYWISE (IRE)
11
10-07
T Hywel Jones
Evan Williams
33)
CHILDRENS LIST (IRE)
8
10-07
Susannah Ricci
Willie Mullins IRE
34)
LORD WINDERMERE (IRE)
12
10-06
Dr Ronan Lambe
Jim Culloty IRE
35)
CAPTAIN REDBEARD (IRE)
9
10-06
Stuart Coltherd
Stuart Coltherd
36)
HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR)
11
10-06
Mrs Julian Blackwell
Venetia Williams
37)
BLESS THE WINGS (IRE)
13
10-05
Adrian Butler/S P O’Connor
Gordon Elliott IRE
38)
MILANSBAR (IRE)
11
10-05
Robert Bothway
Neil King
39)
FINAL NUDGE (IRE)
9
10-05
Corbett Stud
David Dennis
40)
DOUBLE ROSS (IRE)
12
10-05
Options O Syndicate
Nigel Twiston-Davies

41)
ROAD TO RICHES (IRE)
11
10-04
Gigginstown House Stud
Noel Meade IRE
42)
THUNDER AND ROSES (IRE)
10
10-04
Gigginstown House Stud
Mouse Morris IRE
43)
DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR (IRE)
8
10-04
McGoldrick Racing 3
Sue Smith
44)
WALK IN THE MILL (FR)
8
10-03
Baroness Harding
Robert Walford
45)
VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE)
8
10-03
Trevor Hemmings
Sue Smith
46)
WOUNDED WARRIOR (IRE)
9
10-01
Gigginstown House Stud
Noel Meade IRE
47)
GENERAL PRINCIPLE (IRE)
9
10-01
Gigginstown House Stud
Gordon Elliott IRE
48)
SPLASH OF GINGE
10
10-00
John Neild
Nigel Twiston-Davies
49)
BONNY KATE (IRE)
8
10-00
Patricia Hunt
Noel Meade IRE
50)
COGRY
9
10-00
Graham and Alison Jelley
Nigel Twiston-Davies

51)
SIR MANGAN (IRE)
10
10-00
Frank McAleavy
Dan Skelton
52)
MYSTEREE (IRE)
10
10-00
Lynne Maclennan
Michael Scudamore
53)
MINELLA DADDY (IRE)
8
9-13
Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar
Peter Bowen
54)
BRAQUEUR D’OR (FR)
7
9-13
Corsellis & Seyfried
Paul Nicholls
55)
RELENTLESS DREAMER (IRE)
9
9-13
Nigel Morris
Rebecca Curtis
56)
THE YOUNG MASTER
9
9-11
Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters
Neil Mulholland
57)
HENRI PARRY MORGAN
10
9-09
Ednyfed & Elizabeth Morgan
Peter Bowen
58)
PHIL’S MAGIC (IRE)
8
9-09
Lyreen Syndicate
Tony Martin IRE
59)
ALFIE SPINNER (IRE)
13
9-09
Alan Beard & Brian Beard
Kerry Lee
60)
DANCING SHADOW (IRE)
9
9-08
The Dancing Shadows
Victor Dartnall

61)
ROGUE ANGEL (IRE)
10
9-08
Gigginstown House Stud
Mouse Morris IRE
62)
OUT SAM
9
9-06
D Charlesworth
Gordon Elliott IRE
63)
KRACKATOA KING
10
9-03
J C Harrison Lee & T Howard Partnership
Kerry Lee

63 five-day confirmations
22 Irish-trained

THE RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL

Grand National Thursday – Thursday, April 12, 2018

Time Race Distance Prize Money
1.45pm Big Buck’s Celebration Manifesto Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f £100,000
2.20pm Doom Bar Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 1f £100,000
2.50pm Betway Bowl Chase (Grade 1) 3m 1f £190,000
3.25pm Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 4f £250,000
4.05pm Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase (GNC) 2m 5f £45,000
4.40pm Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2m £90,000
5.15pm Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2) 2m 1f £45,000

TOTAL £820,000

Ladies Day – Friday, April 13, 2018

Time Race Distance Prize Money
1.45pm Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 4f £75,000
2.20pm Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m ½f £100,000
2.50pm Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 3m 1f £100,000
3.25pm JLT Melling Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f £250,000
4.05pm Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3) GNC 2m 5f £140,000
4.40pm Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m ½f £100,000
5.15pm Weatherbys Private Bank Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2) 2m 1f £45,000

TOTAL £810,000

Grand National Day – Saturday, April 14, 2018

Time Race Distance Prize Money
1.45pm Gaskells Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 3m ½f £75,000
2.25pm Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 4f £100,000
3.00pm Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 2m £100,000
3.40pm Betway Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m 1f £75,000
4.20pm Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m ½f £180,000
5.15pm Randox Health Grand National (Grade 3) GNC 4m 2½f £1,000,000
6.20pm Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle (Conditional & Amateur Jockeys) 2m ½f £50,000

TOTAL £1,580,000

MEETING TOTAL £3,210,000

For further information, please contact:
Grant Rowley, Regional Communications Manager, The Jockey Club (North West) on 07884 655990 email: grant.rowley@thejockeyclub.co.uk
or
Nigel Payne, Press Officer for Aintree for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National, on 07768 025265 email: nigel@earthsummit.demon.co.uk

About Aintree Racecourse / The Jockey Club

Aintree is home to The Randox Health Grand National, the most famous horse race in the world which is the climax to a three-day Festival meeting in April every year. The racecourse hosts five other fixtures and is a leading conference centre in the north west of England.
More information is available at aintree.thejockeyclub.co.uk

Aintree is part of The Jockey Club which stages thrilling sporting occasions including The Randox Health Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival and The Investec Derby. Millions of people every year enjoy the special experiences we offer through racing, music, food and entertainment. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny we make goes back into British Racing to help the sport thrive. We were founded in 1750 and today we are the largest commercial group in Britain’s second-biggest spectator sport, operating 15 racecourses nationwide, The National Stud, Jockey Club Estates, Jockey Club Catering, Jockey Club Live and our charity, Racing Welfare.
For more information visit http://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk

 

Key entries for Aintree on Friday

Courtesy of my friends at Racenews:

Saturday, April 7, 2018 – The 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival continues on Ladies Day, Friday, April 13, when the highlight is the £250,000 G1 JLT Melling Chase (3.25pm – 13 entries) over two and a half miles, with the entries and confirmations for the exciting and high-class seven-race card revealed today.

Entries for the JLT Melling Chase include star two-mile chaser Altior (4/5 with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival), winner of the G1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at last month’s Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Nicky Henderson, who has also entered L’Ami Serge and Top Notch, has yet to decide whether to step unbeaten chaser Altior up in trip at Aintree or wait until Punchestown or Sandown later in the month.

Ireland has a strong hand, with Min (Willie Mullins), runner-up to Altior at Cheltenham, and Balko Des Flos (Henry de Bromhead), winner of the G1 Ryanair Chase over two miles and five furlongs at the Cheltenham Festival.

Somerset trainer Paul Nicholls can choose between Politologue, fourth to Altior at Cheltenham, Frodon, fifth to Balko Des Flos in the Ryanair Chase, and Grand Annual winner Le Prezien.

The Yorkshire-trained Cloudy Dream (Ruth Jefferson), very consistent this season, has to make up some ground on Balko Des Flos, having finished third, beaten just over 12 lengths last month.

There are three further G1 contests on Ladies Day, all for novices, starting with the £100,000 Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (2.20pm) over an extended two miles, in which the Henderson-trained four-year-old Apple’s Shakira is engaged after she finished fourth when favourite for the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle has attracted a very healthy 25-strong entry and the leading contenders also include Cheltenham Festival fifth Claimantakinforgan (Nicky Henderson), hat-trick seeking Global Citizen (Ben Pauling) and Cheltenham second Style De Garde (Nicky Henderson) while Dorset trainer Colin Tizzard has a talented trio to choose from – Slate House, Storm House and Vision Des Flos.

The £100,000 Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase (2.50pm, 14 entries) over three miles and a furlong sees another potential Henderson-trained favourite in Terrefort, who finished second in the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

But it will be no easy task with talented mares Mia’s Storm (Alan King) and Ms Parfois (|Anthony Honeyball), plus the Lizzie Kelly-ridden Coo Star Sivola, another Cheltenham Festival winner, and the Bryony Frost-partnered Black Corton potential opponents.

The £100,000 Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (4.40pm, 25 entries) over an extended three miles could be another to go the way of a Henderson-trained contender since he has a strong hand with unbeaten On The Blind Side, Cheltenham Festival second and third OK Corral and Santini, and Chef Des Obeaux.

Gloucestershire-based trainer Fergal O’Brien is hopeful of a good performance from Mystifiable (9st 9lb) if he gets run in the £140,000 G3 Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (4.05pm, 2m 5f) over the Grand National fences, for which he is one of 44 entries going forward.

Mystifiable is 41 or 42 on the list at the moment depending on the latest handicap ratings issued on Tuesday, with a maximum field of 30 allowed to take part, though plenty of those remaining in the race have other options during the Randox Health Grand National Festival.

The 10-year-old son of Kayf Tara was a creditable fourth over course and distance in the 188Bet Grand Sefton Handicap Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree in December on heavy ground behind Randox Health Grand National contender and fellow Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase entry Gas Line Boy (11st 3lb, 16/1).

Leading approaching the final fence, Mystifiable faded to finish 24 lengths behind the winner.

His first appearance since then came at Newbury on March 24, when he finished third over an extended two miles in a handicap chase.

Victorious three times over fences, at trips of two and half miles or over, O’Brien’s charge latest success came in a handicap chase at Perth nearly a year ago.

Mystifiable is a 33/1 chance with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National, for the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase.

O’Brien said: “Mystifiable is in good form at home and is set to run in the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase.

“He ran well at Newbury last time and he has come out of that race in good form. He has just got slightly outpaced over the shorter trip there, but back over this trip, he will be able to make use of his speed.

“He is progressing nicely and his fourth over the Grand National fences in December is good form.

“He proved that day that he liked conditions and we’re looking forward to running him back over the fences.

“We don’t school our horses over Grand National-type fences, but he jumps very well, so that isn’t an issue.

“He goes there with a good chance and we’ve been happy with him. Ground conditions will play a factor as he is a better horse in the spring on decent ground.

“He was fourth at Aintree on heavy ground, but we will just have to see what the weather does and how much rain they get at Liverpool.

“If he gets into the race, he should have a nice racing weight, so hopefully he will run well.”

Top-weight Shantou Flyer (11st 12lb, 16/1) is an intended runner in the £1-million Randox Health Grand National, with emerging star 17-year-old James Bowen in the saddle, on Saturday, April 14, with the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase or the £190,000 G1 Betway Bowl Chase (Grand National Thursday, April 12) only options if the ground is bottomless.

His defection would see the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase weights raised at least 5lb, bringing Mystifiable into the handicap proper.

Next in the weights is 11-year-old Devils Bride (11st 7lb, 40/1), trained in Ireland for Gigginstown House Stud by Henry de Bromhead, who has not run since October when tailed off in a handicap chase over the Mildmay course fences at Aintree.

Double Treasure (11st 5lb, 33/1), trained by Jamie Snowden for Arsenal FC chairman Sir Chips Keswick, is an intended runner and was put through his paces over the Grand National schooling fences in Lambourn earlier this week. The seven-year-old, who jumped well then, last appeared in the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham in November, but was unsuited by the soft ground and finished seventh. He won his previous four races.

O O Seven (11st 5lb, 10/1 favourite) represents trainer Nicky Henderson who has the best record of any trainer in the history of the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase, with five wins – Won’t Be Gone Long (1990), Liberthine (2006), Triolo D’Alene (2013), Ma Filleule (2014) and Rajdhani Express (2015). Eight-year-old O O Seven finished an excellent fourth in this race last year to the Ultragold (Colin Tizzard 10st 10lb, 20/1) and is 7lb better off.

The 12/1 second favourite for the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase with Betway is Theatre Territory (Warren Greatrex, 10st 1lb), owned by Cheltenham Racecourse chairman Robert Waley-Cohen, and the mount of his amateur-rider son Sam, who will be relieved if the weights do go up.

Eight-year-old Theatre Territory has been a model of consistency in five starts so far this season, with her best efforts coming when second to both Ms Parfois and Mister Whitaker in competitive handicap chases at Cheltenham in December and January respectively.

On her latest outing, she ran another game race to finish third in the G3 Betdaq Handicap Chase at Kempton Park on February 24, her first attempt over three miles.

Sam Waley-Cohen is the most successful current rider over the Grand National fences at Aintree, having enjoyed six victories, including three successes in the Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase on Katarino (2005 & 2006) and Warne (2014). He has also registered two wins in the Randox Health Topham Chase aboard Liberthine (2006) and Rajdhani Express (2015). The closest he has come to winning the Randox Health Grand National in eight rides was in 2011 when he was runner-up on Oscar Time, owned by his father and trained in Ireland by Martin Lynch. The same horse went on to land the Randox Health Becher Chase over the Grand National course in 2014.

The other two races on Ladies Day are the opening G3 Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle (1.45pm, 2m 4f) which has attracted 60 entries, while the final race is the G2 Weatherbys Private Bank National Hunt Flat Race (5.15pm, 2m 1f) with 33 entries.

Fergal O’Brien could be doubly represented in the £1-million Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 14, courtesy of Perfect Candidate (11st 2lb, 66/1) and Chase The Spud (10st 11lb, 50/1).

Perfect Candidate was the neck winner under top-weight at Cheltenham in the G3 BetVictor.com Handicap Chase over an extended three miles and three furlongs in November and finished fifth to Definitly Red on his latest outing in the G2 BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase at the same course in January.

O’Brien reported: “Perfect Candidate is in good form at home and he looks set to definitely take his chance in the Randox Health Grand National.

“He handles most ground and he has enjoyed another good season, highlighted by his victory at Cheltenham in November.

“He stays and is a sound jumper and whilst he hasn’t had the ideal preparation, everything has been good, touch wood, with him in the last couple of weeks.

“He was entered at the Cheltenham Festival in the Ultima Handicap Chase, but we didn’t go there and thankfully he has been well since.”

Chase The Spud was a six-length winner at Haydock on his first start of the season over an extended three miles and one furlong in November, but has been pulled up in two subsequent starts since, in the Welsh National at Chepstow in January and the Eider Chase at Newcastle over an extended four miles on February 24.

The Alflora gelding enjoyed the biggest success of his career last season in the 2017 Betfred Midlands National at Uttoxeter.

O’Brien continued: “The ground is very important for Chase The Spud, so we won’t make a decision on whether he runs in the Grand National until closer to the races.

“He is a horse who really enjoys soft ground, so we’ll have to wait on the weather before making a decision. Conditions seem to be soft up there currently, so we’ll see what happens in the next week or so.

“We’ll decide on jockeys closer to the race.”

THE RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL

Grand National Thursday – Thursday, April 12, 2018

Time Race Distance Prize Money
1.45pm Big Buck’s Celebration Manifesto Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f £100,000
2.20pm Doom Bar Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 1f £100,000
2.50pm Betway Bowl Chase (Grade 1) 3m 1f £190,000
3.25pm Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 4f £250,000
4.05pm Randox Health Foxhunters’ Chase (GNC) 2m 5f £45,000
4.40pm Red Rum Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 2m £90,000
5.15pm Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2) 2m 1f £45,000

TOTAL £820,000

Ladies Day – Friday, April 13, 2018

Time Race Distance Prize Money
1.45pm Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 4f £75,000
2.20pm Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m ½f £100,000
2.50pm Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 3m 1f £100,000
3.25pm JLT Melling Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f £250,000
4.05pm Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3) GNC 2m 5f £140,000
4.40pm Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m ½f £100,000
5.15pm Weatherbys Private Bank Standard Open NH Flat Race (Grade 2) 2m 1f £45,000

TOTAL £810,000

Grand National Day – Saturday, April 14, 2018

Time Race Distance Prize Money
1.45pm Gaskells Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 3m ½f £75,000
2.25pm Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 4f £100,000
3.00pm Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) 2m £100,000
3.40pm Betway Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m 1f £75,000
4.20pm Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m ½f £180,000
5.15pm Randox Health Grand National (Grade 3) GNC 4m 2½f £1,000,000
6.20pm Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle (Conditional & Amateur Jockeys) 2m ½f £50,000

TOTAL £1,580,000

MEETING TOTAL £3,210,000

TV Tips Saturday 7th April 2018

As ever, I’ll skip the Flat coverage and concentrate on jumps at Kelso, my favourite course for a day out. I’ll update the profit & loss account on TV tips after racing.

1.50

All four contenders have run on heavy, but the only one with a 100% record – 2 from 2 – is Hills Of Dubai, and in a tight little contest, that’s enough to make him the selection.

Hills of Dubai 7/2

…………………………………..

2.25

Another difficult handicap…much has been lost on Gassin Golf, a horse with talent but one who’s spurned many opportunities to use it; he’s won just once over hurdles, although he’s run in some pretty hot ones. This is a long trek for him from Kerry Lee’s yard, almost 300 miles and I suspect that if he doesn’t win this, Kerry will leave him in the Kelso stables.

Gassin Golf  7/1

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3.00

The highly consistent Lake View Lad gets the vote in this. He’s been running really well, has won 4 times on heavy and should get the trip.

Lake View Lad  8/1

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3.35

Lastbutnotleast reverts to hurdling after more than a year away from that discipline in which he was unbeaten. He’s also unbeaten on heavy ground and is the selection here.

Lastbutnotleast 6/1

I’ll be having £1 win on each with Betfair Sportsbook at the above prices and a £1 EW treble on the last three mentioned, as the first race has just 4 runners.  I advise you to do the same

 

Enjoy the racing and don’t bet more than you can afford to lose with a smile.

Post race update:  Loss on TV Tips to a £1 stake is now £31.32

Joe