The Grand National will take centre stage and our picks can be see here. Below we select the best of the rest for a Saturday assault.
Connetable, (1.45 Aintree), 0.5pts each way, 12/1
Ran a seasons best when 3rd in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham. He wasn’t beaten far by two of Gordon Elliott’s and was over 2l ahead of nearest UK challenger with the same back to the next UK runner Who Dares Wins who was placed again here yesterday. Beating 19 rivals in such a well contested race probably deserved more than this 2lb hike, whilst trainer and jockey were on target yesterday.
Thomas Patrick, (3.40 Aintree), 2pts win, 9/2 generally available
Has had just three chase runs but massively progressive winning a Chepstow debut and more recently an easy winner at Newbury. Didn’t stay the near 4 miles at Exeter in between those two runs. This race seems to lack much strength in depth which pushes value to the head of the market, and whilst short enough at first glance, a closer examination suggests few real threats and a profitable race in store at the odds.
High Expectations , (6.20 Aintree), 1pt win, 7/1 generally available
We are big fans of this horse who looked to be picking off his field at Cheltenham in October before an unlucky unseat. He sauntered home at Leicester afterwards. He avoided the first winter ground and reappears here. Trainer Gordon Elliott is likely to have him in peak shape and this field is not as frightening as it could have been. The ground is the worry as he won’t want it too soft but it looked raceable enough yesterday and a drying day is predicted, so he may be worth risking.
The Daily Yankee:
Connetable – Thomas Patrick – Seeyouatmidnight – High Expectations
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