The big day and a cracking support card:
NAP OF THE DAY:
The Grand National:
Rathvinden, 2pts win 8/1
Pleasant Company, 1pt win, 16/1
Dounikos, 0.5pts each way, 33/1
Loving the Irish for this year’s big race but trying to avoid the short price on defending champ Tiger Roll. Click here to read our full Grand National Guide
REST OF THE CARD:
1:45 Theclockisticking, 1pt win, 18/1
Obviously tempting to pick one of our Cheltenham heroes Sire De Berlais, but that win was hard work and he has been given a hefty rise in the weights. Theclockisticking ran well in the same race and I’m not convinced that is his track. This flat track may be more suitable, and if the ground just dries out a fraction then things shape up well for a big run at a big price.
2:25. Brewin’upastorm, 1pt win, 11/4
Ran a cracker at Cheltenham when 4th in the Ballymore. Champ, second there, won here yesterday suggesting that was a good race. Brewin’ is a really likeable sort with a touch of class and good stamina. A fast run race up this long straight should be ideal.
3:00 Ornua, 1pt win, 11/2
A trappy race with a favourite who has reached his status without winning anything, the all-or-nothing Lalor, and some lightning fast pace-setters. It probably shapes up for the favourite but the chance to back tearaway Ornua around this track is too good to miss. Davy Russell is tasked with hanging on for dear life.
3:40 If The Cap Fits, 1pt win, 13/2
Apple’s Jade poses the big question here. The superb mare was never better than when winning here as a juvenile, and her increasing falling out with Cheltenham was emphasised by a terrible effort there last time. Can she bounce back? It’s tempting to say yes. The value though may be to oppose, and If The Cap Fits has looked ready for this step up in class and step up in trip, and looks most likely to prosper if Apple’s remains off her game.
4:20 Amaulino, 1pt win, 14/1
This looks a mightily tricky handicap, with favourite Mister Malarkey not necessarily suited by this quicker course. If there’s a wild card it could be the Northern Irish Amaulino. Hadn’t shown much until a smooth win in a little race at Leopardstown, and then followed up in some style in the Ulster National. Likely to be held up for a late run and whilst it’s speculative that he can translate that to these deeper waters, that’s fully reflected in the price.
6:20 Scheu Time, 1pt win, 11/2
We signed off Cheltenham with a conditional jockeys race winner (Early Doors) who was getting revenge for defeat in that event a year earlier, trusted this time to the prodigy that is Jonjo Jnr. Well its repeat time as Jonjo is a massive booking for Scheu Time, who looked likely to take this race until a last flight fall last year. Hasn’t shown much but probably by design and returns on the same mark. Looks a lethal prospect.
The Daily Yankee
Brewin’Upastorm – Amaulino – Rathvinden – Scheu Time
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