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GRAND NATIONAL – GET THIS BET
AINTREE 5:15 CORACH RAMBLER 10/1
This is the big one, and we have a definite bet lined up for this year’s Grand National!
While there are 40 runners going to post, half of the field can be easily dismissed. In fact, with the exception of VELVET ELVIS, those at 33/1 or bigger are of no interest. As for Thomas Gibney’s 7-year-old, from a low weight, he could be given a chance of making the top 6.
The likes of THE BIG DOG, VANILLIER, CAPODANNO, and LONGHOUSE POET wouldn’t be good enough jumpers.
A case could be made for GALVIN, it’s just that he’s carrying a big weight over an extreme distance. The two with higher weights are last year’s winners NOBLE YEATS and ANY SECOND NOW.
Since the reigning champion is just 6 pounds higher, I would include him in the placepot. However, from a mark of 167, I couldn’t say the same about twice placed ANY SECOND NOW.
The once 170-rated DELTA WORK (159) is fairly treated, albeit he finished 20 lengths behind last year. Nevertheless, he’s a safe jumper and conditions will suit him. To cut a long story short, with a clear round he’s Gordon Elliott’s 10 years will be competitive.
One with a definite chance is AIN’T THAT A SHAME. Rachael Blackmore knows how to ride the winner of the Grand National, and this lightly raced individual is progressive. Whatever happens, we don’t agree with his owner who said he’s useless!!
GAILLARD DU MESNIL and MR INCREDIBLE represent the all-powerful stable of Willie Mullins. While he’s a bit enigmatic, I would prefer Brian Hayes’ mount to finish in front of his stable companion.
As for the winner, CORACH RAMBLER is the one that stands out from the crowd. The 9-year-old did us a big favor at the Cheltenham meeting, and we won’t be looking any further today.
For the record, Lucinda Russell’s gelding is on a gift of a handicap mark. According to official figures, the son of JEREMY is 10 pounds well in! Furthermore, he’s a solid jumper and a strong stayer. Derek Fox rides him best, and the ground is ideal. Finally, he’s the type to handle the rough and tumble of a big field, and Foxie’s biggest challenge will be avoiding trouble!
In summary, If I had to name the first four:
1. CORACH RAMBLER
2. AIN’T THAT A SHAME
3. DELTA WORK
4. VELVET ELVIS