Willie Mullins might privately admit that his 9 year old Ladbrokes Trophy winner and current Grand National favourite, Total Recall, is one of the best staying chasers he has ever trained, to be compared with the likes of Djakadam and Florida Pearl. Form this season has been rock solid.
Total Recall arguably ran the best race out of the field, minus Might Bite and Native River, in The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup. He seemed to appreciate the going and jumped fluently enough: he was clearly making strides on the front pair on the downhill run and was unlucky to come to grief at the third last. His staying credentials are confirmed.
His lack of experience of the Aintree fences should be of no concern as recent winners of The Grand National also had no runs over the Liverpool course. Best priced currently with Betfair at 11/1 and paying 5 places for each way and NRNB.
TIGER ROLL SELECTION
Tiger Roll has been catapulted into the market leaders for The Grand National after a superb win for the all-conquering Gordon Elliot team in the Cross Country Chase at The Festival. He stays all day and looks the type to cope with any conditions and more crucially, different types of fence.
This is a major step up in task but he’s racing under a good winnable weight of 10 stone 12ibs. As mentioned, the four week gap between The Festival and The Grand National will speed up recovery time. If he can stay up front with the leaders and avoid any trouble, he’ll have an excellent chance. This is our main selection and Paddy Power are no doubt the place to go here with 12 /1 and each way being paid for 6 places with NRNB.
BIG PRICED OUTSIDERS FOR ONCE A YEAR PUNTERS!
At the end of the day, the Grand National is still a handicap. Therefore, the handicapper’s job is to assess the chances of each horse, give it a rating and the horse will carry the appropriate weight according to that rating. Hence, the idea is that all the horses should finish in a dead heat, regardless of ability and rating. That of course is a ridiculous notion. However, the system does ensure an enormous amount of punting fun for the once a year gambler who might fancy something with a hefty price and a realistic chance of winning! We have selected two under this category. First up, a Grand National stalwart who has been placed a couple of times already.
Last year’s third Saint Are hasn’t been enthusiastic this season, having been pulled up in his two runs. However, cometh the hour, cometh the horse! This horse clearly enjoys romping around the Aintree fences in April having been placed in two Grand Nationals.
It’s anybody’s guess to which Saint Are will turn up next Saturday but trainer Tom George will be hoping his 12 year old will be able to repeat previous heroics in what will almost certainly be his last attempt. At 66/1 with William Hill and 5 places paid, this is a superb small punt opportunity. However, be warned that William Hill are still working on full ante post rulings thereby your horse will be deemed a loser if it fails to race.
Carlingford Lough is way too classy to be 66/1 but that’s his price nonetheless. This former Punchestown Gold Cup winner has been out of sorts for the last year or so and hasn’t been out since the Leopardstown Christmas Chase (Grade 1) where he pulled up after a couple of errors. Again however, at 66/1 he is worth taking another chance. Head to William Hill for a small punt at the riskier ante post odds given above and 5 places paid.
TIGER ROLL: EACH-WAY, Paddy Power, 12/1 NRNB
SAINT ARE: EACH-WAY, William Hill, 66/1 **full ante post rules apply**
Good luck with all bets at Aintree this week!