Bel Ami De Sivola
He hasn’t been seen since disappointing in a Grade 1 at Naas in early January and his earlier form gives him plenty to find here. But 2m4f and decent ground suits him, and he was a progressive horse before that defeat last time. He does face a very tough task, though.
Gigginstown have five in the race and, as is the case with the race these days, you can make a case for them all. Thunder And Roses has won an Irish Grand National, so it doesn’t take a big leap of faith to see him running well; Roi Des Francs comes here in good form after his win last time; Measureofmydreams would have a definite shout if coming back to the form of his third to Minella Rocco and Native River in last year’s four-miler at Cheltenham; and Wounded Warrior has some good form against high-class horses in the past two years or so, even if his recent efforts are not quite as convincing.
But I decided on Rogue Angel, as I think he is probably the most solid of them all. Like Thunder And Roses, he has an Irish Grand National win on his CV, as well as a Kerry National, and he has had a break since a fair fifth in the Thyestes in January. In fact, this has been the plan for him for a while, and Mouse gave him a sight of the National fences in the Becher here in December, where he took to the fences well and travelled well for a long way before getting tired. A mark of 145 is fair, he has a nice racing weight as well, and he does tick a lot of boxes. Mouse is very happy with him and here is hoping he can get the double up after his Rule The World won last year. I do think he has a fair bit going for him.
My National 1,2,3,4: Pleasant Company, Saint Are, Just A Par, Rogue Angel
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