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I’ve taken a chance on Yorkhill and Poker Party at 25’s and 16’s. The latter seems pretty mad value.
The same can’t be said for my old ally Movewithetimes who I’ve followed off a cliff for what seems like forever and while I’d usually jump on him in a race like this; I can’t have 10/1 when you look at his recent runs coupled with a race this competitive.
The Young Master and Theatre Guide for me. The former has been a rejuvenated character this season and the latter nearly brought me to tears last time out. Atonement here would be well deserved.
I’ve a woeful record in this race, so not going mental.
Not a race I ever get too invested in, but always like to have a try. Whisperinthebreeze and Snugsborough Benny for a bit of fun.
Crosspark has to make the early shortlist after yesterday’s effort. An Eider win coupled with placed efforts in two Classic Chases and a Scottish National is a very good resume with this race in mind. He’s clearly a tough nut too as I find Eider winners often leave their best behind them after Newcastle and can take some time to get back to near their best. So yesterday is really encouraging.
Cheers, Bobby. I really like her and can see her landing some valuable prizes in the next couple of seasons. She might even make a National horse one day!
Yeah I was really puzzled by Ibis Du Rheu’s run. Must be something amiss as Nichol’s can do no wrong at the moment!
Bright Forecast looked every bit an RSA horse the way he stayed on in the Ballymore and the 50’s that were initially available are all gone… Unfortunately not by me! I really do rate him and will be keeping a very keen eye on him as he goes chasing next season.
I’ve had to add Chidswell at 25’s. Difficult to forget how well he won the Grimphorpe; a race I like to look at with a view to this.
Also had to top up on Carole’s Destrier and Big River who both drifted overnight.
Well it’s official now. I’ll replace him with Carole’s Destrier and that’ll be me.
Yeah he looked superb at Warwick and Sandown showed he can be taken on for the lead and still put them in their place. He travels so well in his races it makes me think he clearly has more to come. His jumping was brilliant at Sandown too, so between that and his ability to bowl along in front and still find plenty at the business end suggests to me we have a rather good horse on our hands.
Yeah he’s drifted everywhere which doesn’t bode well. I wouldn’t want him opposing Molly The Dolly in the J & D, so I have everything crossed!
One from left field from Venetia Williams’ yard who has looked ahead of the handicapper both times this season is Commodore. Has done everything very cosily and I’m more than convinced a trip beyond 3 miles will suit just fine. 7 years old, rated 135 and going the right way. I’m sure Venetia can eke out the necessary improvement needed to get in here and I’ll be keeping a very close eye on how he progresses next season.
Ibis Du Rheu being kept fresh for this is a good enough sign for me, so I’ve gone in at 20/1. Also played Big River with a view to next year’s National. They’ll likely be my lot assuming The Young Master goes to Sandown instead.
I’d love to see Traffic Fluide and Yala Enki make the lineup after missing this year.
Of those who ran yesterday it’s hard to ignore the runs from Magic Of Light and Walk In The Mill. The former showed impressive stamina to still challenge despite some howling mistakes and the latter blew me away by how much he kept finding despite being off the bridle a long way from home. A softer surface would see him to even better effect me reckons!
One I’ll be keeping a close eye on going forward is Big River who finished with a wet sail at Cheltenham and I can’t help but see this race as a future target.
And here lieth the problem. How can it be that a jump race that relies on a horse to jump fences well be described as disgusting? Madness? Insane? As I said in my original post the race has never appealed for having two dozen fallers each year. Unfortunately people don’t like to read this when faced with the perennial issue of the Grand National fences. Where in my post did I ask for giant ditches or steep drops? If people can’t face an argument or different opinion without resorting to misconstruing comments then a discussion forum isn’t the place for them. Having ones rationale brought into question without actually addressing the issues at hand is a sorry situation that racing is becoming all too accustomed to. Not one person has explained the rationale behind having a race run under considerably easier conditions to those at any other racecourse. AP summed it up perfectly at Cheltenham after the NH Chase; you can’t accept jump racing if you can’t accept fallers. Unfortunately it seems the racing community isn’t so keen on accepting opinions either. A shame considering the level of intellect that is shared amongst it.
What people don’t seem to recognise is that the knee jerk reactions to any incident leading to so many alterations is going to prove detrimental in the long run. They’ll eventually trim the number of runners, then the number of fences, then the overall distance and before you know it the race is as good as gone. Enthusiasts will lose their passion and Joe Public will lose their interest and the race will be lost in the shuffle and the sport loses it’s shop window. The Grand National is responsible for sparking the interest in racing of the majority of those in or around the sport. What does the sport have to entice outsider’s in when it’s shop window is gone? The sport needs The Grand National. Without it the sport is in dire straits. The last thing I want is the death of a sport that has been my passion all my life. Disgusting, I know.
I long for a race that brings out the best in jumpers and stayers. The 1984 race had twenty-something finishers yet it was the true test I mentioned, so falls are by no means what gives the race it’s appeal. It’s that sense of unpredictability and feeling of not knowing what would happen next. Today’s race can be described in one word; formulaic. No different than what you’d see in a “Whitbread” or “Hennessy”. You could have run the same field over the same distance over 30 fences at any other left handed flat track in the country and it would have played out identically. How can we guarantee the future of the race when people can’t differentiate between the Grand National and any other handicap?