Aintree Festival Day 3 – The National


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The day has arrived at last, Grand National Day. One of my favourite days of racing, yet I warn you now I haven’t picked the winner in ten years. That fact drives me mad! I’m hoping today will be the day! First and foremost lets hope all the horses and jockeys come back in safe and sound. It is a great spectacle but also gets a lot of negative publicity too when horses suffer fatalities. Lots of changes have been made to fences again, lets hope they do the trick.

So, here’s my best three, and my Aintree selections :

CAPPA BLEU 1615 AINTREE – (nap) (4th – 16-1 = 25 points)this horse has a touch of class and will relish the ground and fences. He has had a couple of cracking runs this year, including a third in the Welsh National on ground he hated. Another tip in itself is stable jockey Paul Moloney’s decision to ride him over STATE OF PLAY, who has previously given him a few great rides round here. (5 points each way)

ZARKANDAR 1450 AINTREE – (nb) (FELL) ran a creditable race in the Champion Hurdle and gave an awesome performance before that at Newbury when Paul Nicholls’ horses were off the mark. This extended trip should play to his strengths. (3 points win)

BOUCHER GARCON 1520 NEWCASTLE – (treble) (2nd – 11-10) two very impressive all the way successes this week at Musselburgh and Catterick. He’s still on the same mark and I reckon he’ll knock up the hat-trick in good style (2 points win)

STAKE = 15 points

RETURNS = 25 points

BANK = +93 points

STATS as of 14/4/12 WINS 16/73 22% NAPS 5/25 20% TREBLES 2/25 8%

Rest of Aintree selections :
COLOUR SQUADRON 145 e/w FELL
SPRINTER SACRE 2.15 WON
ZARKANDAR 2.50 FELL
THE HOLLINWELL 3.25 e/w PU
CAPPA BLEU,4th 16-1 PLANET OF SOUND unplacedWEST END ROCKER FELLall e/w 4.15
SAUTE 5.05 e/w unplaced
KAYSERSBERG 5.35 e/w unplaced

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