Definitly Red Much Better Prepared for Second Shot at Grand National
Definitly Red is set for his second shot at the Grand National next month where he goes into the race at Aintree in great form after two wins from three starts this season. The nine year old now has a record of six victories from 13 runs over fences.
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Brian Ellison’s runner made his debut in the world-famous steeplechase in 2017 where he went off at 10/1 in the betting as he was many people’s tip for the 4m2f contest, especially after his impressive win in the Grimthorpe Chase. Unfortunately, he did not quite run up to expectations as he was pulled by jockey Danny Cook just before the ninth obstacle. A mistake at Becher’s Brook took it out of the horse and he never recovered.
Definitly Red hasn’t quite been as active this season which should ensure he is fresh for the back end of the campaign. His next task is the Cheltenham Festival where he is in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting at 16/1. With the ground expected to be on the heavy side for the meeting, he is not without a chance in the Blue Riband event of the meeting.
The talented chaser will then have a few weeks off following Cheltenham and then feature one final time in the 2017/18 season in the Grand National where he looks great value at 20/1 to come out on top at the second attempt. He is a now a year old, which means he is a year wiser. Without the mistake at Becher’s Brook in 2017, who knows how far he could have gone in the race.
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Ellison’s stable star started his campaign back in October in the Grade Two Charlie Hall Chase where he didn’t disgrace himself as he finished third in a strong field which included Cue Card, Blaklion and Bristol De Mai. The latter of the three market leaders came out on top on that occasion but it proved that Definitly Red is capable of matching the best three milers in the UK and Ireland in the big races.
A couple of months later the horse returned at Aintree to win the Many Clouds Chase. The then eight-year-old made all in Merseyside and ended up scoring by eight lengths ahead of Cloudy Dream. His jumping on that occasion was much better than it has been and that clearly helped him as he stayed on well in the closing stages of the contest.
Definitly Red enhanced his Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National claims following his latest outing at Cheltenham back in January as he was the winner of the Grade Two Cotswold Chase in what was arguably a career-high moment for him. He was full of running jumping the last fence of the 3m1f race on heavy ground to win comfortably at the Gloucestershire course.
There will, of course, be strong competition in what looks to be a competitive Grand National this year, however, Definitly Red ticks a lot of the right boxes and at 20/1 he represents the best each-way value in the race.