As the Grand National approaches this Saturday the best tip of all is make sure you get your bets on earlier in the week as come the day of the great race all bookmakers will be shortening the prices on every runner even the massive outsiders.
Every year the National throws up a story that captures the imagination of the nation and I’m sure there is another fairytale waiting to happen this year.
The first official running of the race was in 1839 and the winner was Lottery which just about sums it all up. Then we have remarkable races such as E.S.B. in 56 When the Queen Mothers Devon Loch tipped up on the run in with the race at his mercy. The Queen Mother comment after the incident was well that’s racing.
Who can forget the Foinaven year of 67 when the entire field were in a pile up apart from the winner who came over the fence from last to first. At one time Foinavon was owned by the Duchess Of Westminster who was also the owner of Arkle, both horses being named after mountains in Scotland.
Some historians of the race reckon the greatest story is the one of Aldaniti and Bob Champion in 81 when both overcame serious illnesses to triumph.
I have to say personally my best memory has to be seeing Red Rum victorious in 77 for the third time a feat that is unlikely ever to be equalled.
Well we had a super run from the first leg of our patent bet when Sweet Lightning ran into the places at an advised 33/1. The 2nd leg in the National is Pineau De Re still trading at a general 20/1.
He is trained by Dr Richard Newland and will be ridden by Marmite Leighton Aspell as some punters love him and others hate him. Anyway lets hope he goes well for the good doctor as it would be super to see a small yard turn over the big guns.
This Saturday sees my Fold4Gold take on Super Naps Daily in the Battle Of The Tipsters and one thing I can guarantee is that my selections will contain some big juicy prices so make sure you join us this weekend.
Fold4Gold actually produced a cracking 12/1 winner last Saturday in the shape of Toast Of New York winning at Meydan. Also he was put up as one of this columns eyecatchers last time he ran last season. He was also available on my twitter page where I put up late info from time to time all free at twitter.com/bankersbonus
Today’s racing again is run of the mill stuff but I do like the look of High Time Too in the 8.25 Kempton which is going to be Howies Hottie.
The filly won last time out beating a decent yardstick in Mr Red Clubs and again will have the assistance of Ryan Moore in the saddle. Trainer Hugo Palmer has told us if she wins tonight she will be aimed for a big prize at Lingfield on Good Friday.
Toast Of New York trainer J.Osborne – As mentioned above easy winner at Meydan and is expected to be added to the Epsom Derby field. This horse is still improving and the trainer is very excited about the colts prospects.
The Best Doctor trainer J.Noseda – Just pipped last week but I think he needed the race after a break and will be a fitter animal next time.
Flyball trainer R.Hannon jnr – Placed in the Brocklesby at Doncaster this juvenile is sure to have learnt plenty from the race.
Dance And Dance trainer E.Vaughan – He got stuck in the mud at Donny on Saturday and you will see a different proposition when he gets faster ground.
Hes No Angel trainer C.Cox – Looked like he needed the run at Doncaster after a long break and is another who will be better for the run. I remember when I was having a chat with John Francome last year he told me this was one to look out for.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.