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The start of the National Hunt season- Hurrah!!!!

We finished the fault blog off last week with the final standings as follows :

Father 14 -16 Son

Profit –

Son £176.05

Father £130.64

Not a bad total from both of us I’m sure you will agree! We reset the scores on the doors now for the jumps season! Both my dad and I prefer the jumps so hopefully we will continue the recent run and get a few winners on the blog. I had a few near misses last week with three of my four all placed but my Dad produced another solid winner for the third week on the trot with DUNGANNON at Doncaster (13-2).

Here are today’s selections

TAQUIN DE SEUIL 1515 WETHERBY (NAP) – (2nd 100-30 = £2.08) got better as the season progressed last year including a solid performance when winning the JLT Novices Chase at Cheltenham. This step up in trip should suit and we will see if he can mix it with the big boys today. He had DOUBLE ROSS and WONDERFUL CHARM behind the festival and it looked like he needed the outing when the latter got his revenge at Newton Abbott last time. That run though could prove to be the deciding factor today against SILVINIACO CONTI. Any horse that can win at Cheltenham and Haydock has the stamina to win up the gruelling Wetherby finish. Looking forward to seeing him hopefully run well today!

GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 1535 ASCOT (NB) – (unplaced = -£5.00) never really took to fences last year and flattered to deceive a lot. I’m willing to give him another go as he could be potentially very good. He has a very appealing chase mark in light of his hurdles exploits and he could use that to his advantage today. Let hope he fulfils some of the potential he has.

CLARET CLOAK 1420 ASCOT (TREBLE) – (2nd – 13-2 = £4.06) ground is the key to this horse and hopefully very little rain will have fallen by the off. He has 3 wins on good ground around this sort of distance but has yet to win a this level, he has the class for it though! He was beaten a nose by MANYRIVERSTOCROSS last November when giving him 5lbs, today he is albs better off and that could be a big factor. NEXT SENSATION ran very well last year but I feel a run is needed to get back to that level.

ON HIS OWN 1430 DOWN ROYAL – (unplaced = -£5.00) so near won me a huge chunk of money in last year’s Gold Cup. He ran a stormer that day and proved what a damn fine horse he is. He was a National favourite too a few times! I think that line of form is the best here to day and for me you an put a line through his last defeat to stablemate BOSTON BOB as he returned lame, there is the reason and excuse! I think on this yielding ground he will stay on up the finish and defeat his stablemate, with Ruby cursing his selection of rides! I hope anyway!

My Dad’s selection :

BOSTON BOB 1430 DOWN ROYAL (3rd 9-4 = £1.40)

DOUBLE ROSS 1515 WETHERBY (3rd 11-1 = £6.87)

ROALCO DE FARGES 1535 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00)

LAZER BLAZER 1500 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00)

Total Week One

Father – £1.73

Son -£3.86

Grand National Day

Here it is, the biggest racing spectacle in the world. Hundreds of thousands of pounds will be bet, millions of people around the world will watch. I really love this race as it is so exciting, this race irritates me though as I haven't picked the winner since Rhyme n Reason! Lets hope today is my day!
You can read my selections below, but these are my National bets, all each way of course!
Whatever you back lets hope they all get round safe.
ON HIS OWN 1615 AINTREE (nap) – (FELL) this is what carries my main money today in the race. I backed him last year when he was going well before falling at Becher's second time around. He is a sound jumper though and moves well through his races. He hits most of the trends other than experience, I reckon he has a huge chance. I am also putting some coins on CHICAGO GREY, he is another sound jumper and stays all day. With the better ground I have also had to have a bet on BALTHAZAR KING who will love the ground, the trip and he goes well fresh.
OPENING BATSMAN 1525 AINTREE (nb) – (PU) he won for me on my blog last time out at Kempton when he was given a peach of a ride and he jumped them silly. I think he will take all the stopping again today in similar conditions. He is a progressive horse and his rise for his Kempton success is indicative of that. Huge run expected!
OVERTURN 1415 AINTREE (treble) – (2nd – 11-4) the ground was the excuse in the Arkle and with todays better ground we should see the true Overturn. He will jump well and travel strongly from the front I think.
UTOPIE DES BORDES 1335 AINTREE – (3rd – 9-2) won well at Sandown and Doncaster before the Festival. That day I think they chose the wrong race as 3 miles was too far. This distance is better and DODGING BULLETS and UP AND GO could set this up for him over the last.
HOLYWELL 1450 AINTREE – (2nd – 9-1) this horse owes me nothing after coming in for me when I napped it at Cheltenham. This is a huge step up in class but I think he has the quality to bridge the gap. His battling attitude will keep him in the race and I'm excited to see how he runs against these better horses. A damn good each way chance at least!
MAKBULLET 1710 AINTREE – (unplaced) I used to follow is one on the flat and he needs good ground and a fast pace. He has been off for a long time but this race may just be perfect for him. 25-1 is a huge price.
VAGO COLLONGES 1740 AINTREE – (2nd – 10-1) this one will turn into a smart hurdler I reckon but his stable have held off with this race in mind. He ran well last time at Newbury and that is pretty decent form. My only doubt is the ground!

Naps 34/150 = 22.6%
Wins 141/767 = 18.3%
Placed 205/767 = 26.7%

Win and Placed = 45.1%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£62.83