The Grand National, Its takes some stamina!
Well there we have it folks, Cheltenham is now nothing more than a distant memory, a great memory but a memory none the less but with the passing of the festival means 1 thing and thats the looming presence of the Randox Grand National. Now we at Money rider had a large difference of opinion when it came to the festival as you may have seen from our youtube shows leading up to it and frankly I can see that being the same situation for the Aintree showcase.
Hes on a Roll
For myself (Sean) I shall be once again siding with a connection based over the Irish sea, but for once it will not be the Mullins camp that ill be watching with one tight grip on my betting slip. I really like the look of Tiger Roll as this was my choice for the cross country race at the festival in which he completed a hat trick of festival wins at an age of just 8.
Gordon Elliott was also very impressed with the run of Tiger Roll and was quick to confirm that the Grand National will be the next stop for this improving horse. The extra 3 or so furlongs shouldn’t really be much of a concern for Elliott and his team as he seemed to be able to find enough in the running up the grueling Cheltenham hill to suggest he should be able to handle the the Aintree course and his jumping never really seemed to be a worry in a field full of impressive and previous winners of the cross country race.
So with a current price tag at Betfred of 12/1 i can only see that coming in to a shorter price on the day so i shall once again be getting on that price early, then i shall be hoping and praying that not just Tiger Roll but all the brave horses and jockeys that enter the race that rocks the nation get round safely, hopefully with Tiger Roll crossing the line first of course!
Two against one maybe?
It looks like my Money Rider colleauges are going to team up against me! with both in favouring Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Blaklion, having had an impressive 9L win over The Last Samuri at Aintree back on the 9th Decemeber 2017, he followed that with a very tough race at Haydock in heavy conditions back in February, at a top weight of 11st 12lbs giveing away just over a stone! & finishing an impressive second to mud loving Yala Enki & regular jockey Charlie Deutsch. Given the weight difference and track conditions you have to admit thats no mean feat and I can see why they both like the look of Blaklion he is certainly no slouch.
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Yala Enki, the only horse in the race without a Grand National entry, wins an attritional Betfred Grand National Trial @haydockraces in which only three of the eight finished.
— Racing UK (@Racing_UK) February 17, 2018