The big one is here. The Grand National 2022 which looks to be an absolute belter. The weather looks good and we are raring to go! Remember to look out for the best terms and the bet365 deal of giving back half your stake on each-way bets up to £125 is an outstanding offer. You can ultimately back horses for £250 and get half of your stakes back.
Personally, at the odds, I think the top four in the Grand National market are worth taking on. Snow Leopardess is a silly for all a lot of the narrative around this years race will be built around her she is quite inexperienced for a race like this and although it would be nice to see her win she is not for me. I’m sure she will be the housewives choice though and housewives taste success in the National! We have been spoilt with Tiger Roll recently but it is very hard to win back to back races and Minella Times has a lot more weight on his back this time around. I can’t see him replicating his success. Delta Work had a hard race at Cheltenham and is shouldering plenty of weight too so it will be a tough ask even though he is a classy stayer. Out of the main fancies Any Second Now is the one I prefer out of the four but he didn’t win last year and has 7lbs more this time around.
I was hoping Eclair Surf and Fortescue didn’t get in to the race as I do think they both have solid claims. Eclair Surf in particular has been excellent this season in competitive staying handicaps but he seems to have been a talking Twitter horse and his price is on the short side now. I am going to have a few darts in this renewal as the ones I like are all big prices and I think there may be a shock this year. The first bet is Good Boy Bobby who is the chosen mount of Daryl Jacob from his owners many entries! He’s had a good season winning twice and coming close to a third behind Aye Right. His win in the Rowland Meyrick was a particularly good staying performance. He’s quite high in the handicap and will have to jump well but he does have the profile of a horse who can go close in this for a trainer who has a good record.
The next bet is Dingo Dollar who is only 3lbs higher than when a close second in the Scottish National last season. Decent ground is important to him and he will get it here. He had a nice prep run at Kelso last time in ground too soft which should put him right. That’s his only effort over a marathon trip and he showed he has a liking for it and with decent ground I think he can go close. Next on the list is Deise Aba for the late Trevor Hemmings who loved this race and won it three times with Many Clouds, Ballabriggs and Hedge Hunter. Deise Aba has ran well over staying trips throughout his career and has been consistent this season, and unlucky, apart from the Welsh National effort where he pulled up. He hasn’t experienced these fences before which is a negative but if they jump him out, which he has done plenty of times, and he gets in to a nice rhythm then he can out run his odds.
The final bet in the race at a silly price is Domaine De L’Isle towards the bottom of the weights. He’s back on his last winning mark and had a decent spin over these fences when 4th in the Becher chase. That experience will count for a lot and even though he ran no race in the Eider last time they might have been happy for his mark and looking to this. He’s had a nice campaign for the race this term that is for sure. The negative with him is he likes to be held up and that isn’t the best tactic in the Grand National but at 100/1 I am happy to take the chance.
Going back to the first race on the card, the 3m handicap hurdle, once again we have an ultra competitive affair where the Pertemps as you’d imagine is well represented with the winner Third Wind and numerous placings in behind and we also have a few from the Martin Pipe too. You really can make a case for a fair few of these but the two I like at the prices are Beauport and Remastered. The former is a lightly raced 6 year old who hasn’t ran a bad race. He beat the highly regarded Boothill last time and before that has come close to beating the very classy pair of Green Book and Dashel Drasher who are Grade 1 contenders. This is only his second try at this sort of trip and he’s improving and he is a cracking each-way bet. Remastered has had a disappointing chasing season it has to be said ever since he came down when looking the winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy. He has ran well in defeat twice at Haydock but this is a nice prize to come back hurdling for and his mark of 133 looks generous based on his ability now. Pipe also has a great record in this race so he looks one to keep onside.
North Lodge was beaten last time by Nells Son but only just and he was giving the winner 5lbs so there is reason to think he will turn the tide in the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle. Three Stripe Life clearly sets the standard after his second in the Ballymore but the ground was bad that day and it may have left its mark so at the current odds I am happy to swerve and let him win. Walking On Air looks a nice prospect but has a break and inexperience to overcome and looks very short based on potential. North Lodge is a Grade 2 winner, and was close to being a duel Grade 2 winner. He’s lightly raced too but he is the one at a price that I think has the potential to win this.
My next bets will be in the 4.15 where Scene Not Heard is an interesting runner, and price, stepping up in trip to 3m for the first time. He’s only a novice and has been progressive this season winning three times. He was put in his place last time by the re-opposing Killer Kane but that was after a break and he is a point winner over 3m so this extra trip should bring about some improvement. Killer Kane has won over 3m already and is the other selection pretty much for the same reasons. He’s an improving sort and has already proven himself under rules at the trip. I want them both on side here.
1.45 – Beauport 9/1 1pt EW (Ladbrokes 1/5 1,2,3,4,5) & Remastered 9/1 1pt EW (bet365 1/5 1,2,3,4,5)
2.25 – North Lodge 9/1 1pt EW (Ladbrokes 1/5 1,2,3,4)
4.15 – Scene Not Heard 20/1 0.75pts EW (Ladbrokes 1/5 1,2,3,4,5) & Killer Kane 14/1 0.75pts EW (bet365 1/5 1,2,3,4,5)
5.15 – Good Boy Bobby 25/1 0.75pts EW (bet365 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6), Dingo Dollar 50/1 0.75pts EW (bet365 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6), Deise Aba 80/1 0.5pts EW (Coral 1/5 1,2,3,4,5) & Domaine De L’Isle 100/1 0.25pts EW (bet365 1/5 1,2,3,4,5)