Check out my 4 against the field in The Grand National

Today’s Multi

£1 trixie & £1 treble

Thereisnodoubt 2.50 @ 9/2

High Moon 3.25 @ 13/8

Ex’Sellance 4.00 @ 9/4

Selected Chepstow – soft ground on this undulating , stiff and galloping track

12.45 The once useful chaser Amoola Gold is not nearly the horse he was and the coast looks clear for  a useful youngster , with no issues with ground or C&D .

1/2pt win Romancero Le Dun @ 11/10

2.35 My Girl Katie has done little wrong since going handicapping at this trip , with two narrow defeats . She has run well here before and was fine on soft ground last time .

1/2pt win My Girl Katie @ 3/1

4.22 Not a deep race and the stand out form horse on the ground is recent close Uttoxeter 2nd Cast’s Tasha . Should be her day .

1/2pt win  Cast’s Tasha @ 11/2

4.52 C&D winner Mothill ran well in the Newbury mud last time in a far better race and is handicapped to beat the other form horses .

1/4pt win Mothill @ 5/2

Chepstow placepot







24 bets

Selected Newcastle – heavy ground on this stiff and galloping track

1.00Howzat Hiris comes here on the back of a good all the way win over C&D on heavy ground , and with the prospect of being able to dominate again and taken to make light of the 4 pound penalty , with the same jockey aboard , claiming 8 pounds .

1/2pt win Howzat Hiris @ 2/1

2.15 Plenty here with a chance but the consistent Glittering Love has the ground and the type of track in his favour .

1/4pt win Glittering Love @ 9/2

2.50 The front running Thereisnodoubt went close recently over C&D on heavy ground off this mark and could have the front to himself again .

1/2pt win Thereisnodoubt @ 4/1

3.25 A deserved win looks on the cards for the admirably consistent High Moon , no ground or track issues .

1/2pt  win High Moon @ 13/8

4.00 Ex S’Ellance has the ground and track in his favour and can land an uncompetitive heat .

1/2pt win Ex’Sellance @ 9/4

Newcastle placepot







12 bets

Selected Yarmouth – soft ground on this flat and galloping track

1.30 Deed Pole is rarely far away and showed last time at Bath that he handles the ground , finishing a solid 4th . Could be his day .

1/4pt win Deed Pole @ 4/1

3.20 The well handicapped Spoof ran really well when trying to make all in the Donny mud , only to be caught close home . Solid ew chance with the fancied runners a bit to prove .

1/4pt  ew Spoof @ 8/1

5.00 Blue Collar Lad comes here in solid form from the all weather off around this mark . Takes a drop in class and handles the mud .

1/4pt win  Blue Collar Lad @ 5/1

No Yarmouth placepot

Selected Aintree – good to soft on this flat and galloping track

2.25 A wide open handicap but since going back over hurdles Itchy Feet has been running to a really good standard and wasn’t beaten far at Cheltenham behind Good Time Johnny and this C&D more suitable . Lovely longshot

1/2pt ew Itchy Feet @ 28/1




5.15 The Grand National

In recent years the Irish have been most dominant , winning the last 4 Grand Nationals and finishing in the first 4 14 out of the 16 placed horses . There has also been a change in the age of the winner . Last year Noble Yeats became the first 7yo to win and before then it was mostly 8yos with a couple of 9 yos . These stats combined with the going , horses’ ratings , likelihood to stay and to negotiate the fences , have resulted in this short list of 4 .

Gaillard Du Mesnil –

This classy and consistent 7yo was a warm order for the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham raced over 3 miles 6 furlongs and looked to have a bit to do , but staying power won the day , suggesting the extra half mile won’t be a problem . He is on the same mark as when he was he was 3rd of 2y in last year’s Irish Grand National , just beaten 4 lengths . He is a better horse this year which augurs well for his chance today . He is trained by the maestro Willie Mullins and is the pick of stable jockey Paul Townsend .

1pt ew Gaillard Du Mesnil @ 14/1

Mr Incredible

He comes here on the back of two big runs in staying handicaps , both times crossing The Irish Sea. He was a strong staying 2nd at Warwick in a marathon and backed that up with a cracking 3rd of 23 at The Cheltenham Festival , again staying on strongly . He stays on the same mark and is another trained by Willie Mullins .

3/4pt  ew Mr incredible @ 14/1

Ain’t That A Shame .

He comes here on the back of two big runs in staying chases , placed both times and last time showed his wellbeing by running to a good level in landing a chase over a trip way short of his best . He gives every indication  that he’ll stay this trip and is trained by Henry de Bromhead and ridden by Rachel Blackmore . He is the gamble of the race , being backed in from around 33/1 to now the 8/1 fav.

1/2pt  ew Ain’t That A Shame @ 8/1

Gabby’s Cross .

He is another trained by Henry de Bromhead and another who’s been doing all of his best work late on , suggesting this stiffer test will suit well . Looks the best of the longshots .

1/2pt  ew Gabby’s Cross @ 50/1


Aintree placepot







32 bets

No advice for Wolver – very trappy card

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