The big race day has arrived! First and foremost lets hoe these wonderful creatures all get round safely. Secondly lets enjoy the spectacle! A decent couple of runs on the blog yesterday with HOLYWELL winning for me again. What a horse he is proving to be and now favourite for the Gold Cup!!! My nap also ran a cracker, ROLLING ACES (16-1) was just pipped after running a corker and showing his true form. How impressive was MA FILLEULLE too, I thought she might run a decent race as I said on the blog, but she;s a brave one and oozing a bit of class! On to today, my Dad has a few selections as always and you can see our latest results below. He will be reading this in his hospital bed after having a knee replacement surgery! Hope you’re doing well Dad x
TIDAL BAY 1615 AINTREE (NAP) – (UR = -£5.00) I’m sure if you’ve read my blog a lot you will know how much I love this horse! If he wins today it will most certainly bring down the curtain on a fantastic career. Everyone keeps saying no 13 yo has won it, he’s too old etc. Not me, he’s been dropped a good few pounds by the handicapper to gives him a real go at this and when the weights came out I lumped on ante-post at 25-1. The rain I think has arrived so it could be soft at the off, he has bags of stamina and if he thereabouts at the last fence the run in should bring about all his qualities. If he runs well he may stay in training too! Go on the old boy show ’em what you’re all about! My other selection in the race is the other Wylie horse PRINCE DE BEAUCHENE, he was favourite twice for this before injury and he has been looked after this year. Ruby rode such a gentle arc eon him at Thurles when he had every chance to win, I thought then I wonder what they are saving him for!
COURT MINSTREL 1710 AINTREE (NB) – (WON – 16-1 = £50.00) this horse produced two fantastic runs under this jockey last year and is worth another chance. He beat SAMTEGAL easily last year and is dropped a couple of pounds, he has lots of weight to carry but for a reason, he’s the class horse in the race and is rated 8 lbs better than the next horse. If he’s on song he’ll murder them.
HINTERLAND 1405 AINTREE (TREBLE) – (unplaced = -£5.00) was running a cracker in the champion chase before being brought down, he may not of beaten Sire de Grugy but he would have been close. I think he’ll win this today, he looks a different horse this year, jumps smoothly and quickly, and will enjoy the ground. Great chance
WHISPER 1450 AINTREE – (WON – 4-1 = £12.50) we know the likes of At Fisher’s Cross and Zarkandar are very good but this horse has really impressed me this year and he appears to be very progressive. I think he’s got more improvement in him and could be the surprise package here outside the top two.
I also fancy a little flutter on GULLINBURSTI 1525 (3rd – 10-1) who ran an much improved race last time at Kelso of a big weight, with less in then saddle today and another bold show he can take this race too.
My Dad’s selections are :
LAC FONTANA 1330 (WON – 9-2 = £14.06)
BALDER SUCCES 1405 (WON – 7-2 = £10.94)
MELODIC RENDEZVOUS 1450 (unplaced = -£5.00)
RENARD 1525 (unplaced = -£5.00)
His national selections are TIDAL BAY and BALTHAZAR KING.
Current standings : FATHER 6-7 SON
Good luck if you’re having a flutter!
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