Well I spent last night narrowing down the Grand National field for today’s race from 40 runners down to my Top 6 most likely winners. As always my Email Selection Service Subscribers will get my selection for the race along with my selection for other races today.
I will list the horses by price.
1. Shakalakaboomboom – 14/1 – who could oppose Nicky Henderson in the form he is in at present and Shakalakaboomboom has plenty of experience and stamina and can be a major player.
2. West End Rocker – 16/1 – was unlucky to be brought down by another horse in last year’s race when going well, has plenty of proven stamina and is a great jumper with 14 chases under his belt he has plenty of experience too. Won here nicely December in the Becher Chase.
3. Killyglen – 18/1 – fell at the 4th last in last year’s National when challenging and was going well, may have slight stamina worries but on his day he can go close. He has 14 chases under his belt and so has plenty of experience.
4. SunnyHillBoy – 20/1 -well handicapped and has plenty of jumping experience, proven stamina with a 3rd in last year’s Irish National at Fairyhouse and won the Kim Muir at Cheltenham last month in fine style.
5. Giles Cross – 22/1 – a horse who loves to front run, so should stay out of trouble, another with 14 chases to his name and plenty of proven stamina, won the Grand National Trial at Haydock in February. May need more testing conditions to be seen at his best but certainly one for the shortlist.
6. Treacle – 25/1 – a bit of a wildcard but ticks all the boxes with 15 chases to his name, proven stamina and a decent 3rd in the Grade 1 Hennessy at Leopardstown in February. Definately has strong place chance if not better.
Of the others:
On His Own and Cappa Bleu are both promising chasers but have only had 6 races over fences each so lack the experience profile of having 10 or more races over fences. The last 20 winners have all had this level of experience.
Synchronised is a real stayer but is now carrying 11st 10lb and has question marks over his jumping at times. Ballabriggs has every chance but would be the first favourite since Red Rum to win back to back nationals and he is also carrying 11st 9llbs today.
The other horse which has come for money this morning is SeaBass ridden by Katy Walsh aiming to be the first female jockey to win the National, the horse has won his last 7 chases but has a real question mark over the trip today, with his last win being over 2m.
What ever you choose – have a great day – enjoy the race and be lucky