Aye Aye Charlie
We were thinking of keeping him as a novice for next season, but he may as well take his chance here. We will happily take it if he loses that status with a win here! He has run good races all season, and probably none more so than when seventh behind Samcro in the Ballymore at Cheltenham. Trip and ground look ideal, and he has outside place claims at what I imagine will be a decent price…
Chase The Spud
I know I keep bigging this horse up, and I admit he is becoming a bit of an all-or-nothing type. There seem to be no in-between with him, and I wasn’t feeling it with him until the last few days. But there are signs that he is just coming right, and the ground is certainly in his favour. He is a proper mudlark.
He was in very good form when winning at Haydock in November, but he has been very disappointing in his two starts since, running no kind of race in the Eider last time. But we have backed off him for the best part of two months, and he is a horse that goes well when he feels fresh and well.
He is actually 2lb badly-in here, as he is due to go down the weights in future, but I am hoping his first sight of these fences perk him up. And maybe carrying this lighter weight will suit him more than the big burdens on his last two outings. I obviously hope that I am bang there at the finish – I am hopeful rather than confident, clearly – and I also think Captain Redbeard is a big player stepping up in trip, and others who are in with place claims are Baie Des Iles and Gas Line Boy.
Paddy Brennan’s Grand National 1-2-3-4
2.Baie Des Iles
3.Chase The Spud
4.Gas Line Boy
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