Grand National

Good to see Darlan win so nicely yesterday. Wishfull Thinking ran well and proved his price all wrong but ran into a Finians Rainbow who is at last realising his enormous potential. Henderson’s star wasn’t stopping which makes a target like the King George a possible perhaps? Lovecen winning the Sefton Novice Hurdle topped what was a great day.

Today is the big one though and here’s my thoughts on the world’s greatest race.

I’ve been with Rare Bob for this race for a little while. I like his profile. He was a very smart novice, landing a Grade One staying chase at his prime. He’s been a bit hit and miss of late but has run well over the National fences in the past and looks well handicapped. Others on my shortlist are

Weird Al – I was all over him for the Gold Cup where he bled and that’s hardly confidence inspiring but at the odds I have to throw him in the mix as he’s such a good horse.

According To Pete – The way Malcolm Jefferson’s horses are going means that this horse has to be respected. His credentials are solid and he’s a price.

Mon Mome – Hasn’t been in great form again this year but comes to life at Liverpool and Phil Smith has given him a very sporting chance.

The ones I don’t like are

Synchronised – The bookies will tell us time and again how much this horse will cost them but they no full well they won’t be paying out. The definition of a bad favourite.

Junior – Inexperienced and unimpressive in terms of his jumping technique and the ground is unlikely to suit. Far too short a price.

Cappa Bleu – Can’t understand why this horse is such a short price either. Unconvincing jumper who lacks experience and has had problems. Another who may not get his ground either.

Be Lucky!