October 31, 2011 at 12:07 #20090darren83Participant
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For me it is JUNIOR at 25/1 he be trained for the race won well at Cheltenham earlier this year.And will be planned for the race so only a few races this season.Pipe won it with Comply Or Die so he take same approach he will.
If we get soft ground in April i would not rule out SYNCHROISED at 50/1 and BLUESEA CRACKER at 50/1October 31, 2011 at 14:03 #375185broadswordParticipant
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I think Junior is a very good shout, Darren. I liked the way he took the Kim Muir (won 12 months earlier by Ballabriggs) and he has to be on the short list.
The other one I will be looking at with interest is The Midnight Club. In the circumstances – made one diabolical error and was badly hampered more than once – he did pretty well in this year’s race.
Ideally I’d like to see him try the big fences again before the 2012 renewal but that may be wishful thinking. But if Ruby’s back on board in April…November 12, 2011 at 17:13 #377557RedRum77Participant
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I know it’s a long way off, however I’d liked what I saw in Don’t Push It today and thought Grey Chicago race was awful.November 12, 2011 at 19:48 #377563JJMSportsParticipant
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Disappointing how dismal the run of Chicago Grey ran.
Unless drastic immediate improvement, he’s off the shortlist. Currently have Junior and Beshabar.November 12, 2011 at 20:09 #377566nultyParticipant
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Killyglen again for me. I’m always (fatally) attracted to these horses who for one reason or another don’t seem to get around. I was on Noble Alan again today and the inevitable happened. Killyglen will look very over priced come April if he manages to get around. The other of my modest early selections would have to be Western Charmer and Sunnyhillboy. The former is 10 next year and ripe for Aintree. Will have to look closer at his jumping but he will get the distance for sure. The latter is the most interesting cause he turns 9 next year so it’s not certain that he’ll turn up. If he does though he will be tough to beat with McCoy on.November 12, 2011 at 20:30 #377571
Has Killyglen started his campaign over in Ireland yet?November 13, 2011 at 14:03 #377653
Yeah i was also on Killyglen last year. 66/1 was too good to be true. He was cast iron to at least place before coming to grief. As a whole i’ve never been a big fan of the horse, but he is a classic National type. All the good novices who fall short of top class in their later years ALWAYS turn into National types. And this one is another prime example. I’ll be on him again. And with Robbie Power on board he’s got all the right tools.
Niel Moholland has expressed interest in running Midnight Chase next year. Unfortunately his handicap mark is going to rape him and running in these grade ones such as the JNWine and the Betfair isn’t gonna help his chances. Though with that said if he finishes down the field in these big races his rating should lower significantly, touch wood.
Keenans Future has returned to the racecourse and he’s always had the National in him i just hope he’s geared towards it.
I know he’ll be 13, but Black Apalachi is a classic Aintree specialist and i have no doubt he can run a big race again.
Notre Pere, Giles Cross, Companero and Carruthers are also big hopes of mine.November 13, 2011 at 14:13 #377657
What about Giles Cross? Stays forever..has he been out this year?November 13, 2011 at 15:27 #377669
Yeah he won the Southern National just a moment ago off top weight! I had him ante post for this years race, but he unfortunately missed the cut.
He’s a dour stayer and a great jumper. He’ll be an ante post bet for me again this year. He should definitely make the final 40 this time around.November 13, 2011 at 15:40 #377673
Rats; I’m rather out of touch with what’s happening at the moment…caught the start of the race just as the phone rang. What price is he now? Seems to be a horse that was always slightly off the radar..till now. [sorry; hadn’t noticed you’d mentioned him in your other post….]November 13, 2011 at 16:21 #377681
He’s actually not on that many ante post markets, so you might be able to snatch a good price from him before he wins the Welsh NationalNovember 13, 2011 at 17:24 #377694
I’ve got a note above my computer saying ‘Stoney’s Treasure’ Welsh National.November 13, 2011 at 21:55 #377746fivelongdaysParticipant
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Two very impressive performances in the Southern National today – Giles Cross, of course, but I also like the look of Fortification, especially the way he rallied at the end.
Both are on my longlist.
Being front-runners won’t hurt their chances, either.
So don't run, just like the others always doNovember 13, 2011 at 22:56 #377757Irish StampMember
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Might be mad here but thought Wise Old Owl would have an outstanding chance in the National – they really need to brush up on the horses jumping but was told back in Feb that the yard thought he had a stone plus in hand at 2m 6f+ and he ran a cracking race in the Galway Plate when only overhauled late on by Blazing Tempo. Imagine he’s unlikely to run but he’s ridiculously consistent, needs good ground to be seen at his best and is a big horse who if brushing up on his jumping could go their with a live chance.November 13, 2011 at 23:17 #377759darren83Participant
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This horse would drive me off the cliff both times i backed him he was 2nd.Gutted in Galway plate took 14s day before and thought he had race tied up then that Mullins horse beat me sad i was.I do not back ew
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