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complete guide to the Aintree Grand National 2018 14th April 09 Mar 2018 07:46 #6466

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Your complete guide to the Aintree Grand National 2018
14th April 2018

Grand National 2018 Runners - Top 5

TOTAL RECALL flag
Weight: 11-1 / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W. Mullins
A fast-improving chaser from a top Irish yard that won the Grand National in 2005. An easy winner over hurdles at Leopardstown to protect his handicap mark, plus too the Ladbrokes Gold Trophy Handicap back in December – runs in the race for the first time, but a big player.
TOTAL RECALL TO WIN: 10/1*

BLAKLION flag
Weight: 11-10 / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: B. Ellison
Pulled-up in the race 12 months ago when well-fancied. Was looking set to run a big race until getting hampered. Looks a better horse this year and can’t be ruled out, but will have to do it the hard way with 11-10.

CAUSE OF CAUSES flag
Weight: 10-12 / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: JP McManus
Runner-up in the 2017 Grand National and rated only 3lbs higher this time. Gets in with a nice weight and hails from a yard that won this race in 2007. Looks sure to go well again.
CAUSE OF CAUSES TO WIN: 16/1*

THE LAST SAMURI flag
Weight: 11-4 / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: K. Bailey
Was second in the 2016 Grand National, but well back in 16th 12 months ago. Rated 2lbs lower this year, but is still 10lbs higher than this second in 2016. Loves the track and fences, but could be more likely to be placed than win.
THE LAST SAMURI TO WIN 16/1*

DEFINITLY RED flag
Weight: 11-6 / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: B. Ellison
With a name like Definitely Red this horse will no doubt have plenty of football fans backing him. Fourth in the 2017 Grand National. Rated 9lbs higher this year, but loves these fences and has been popular in the betting since winning the Becher Chase here in December.

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complete guide to the Aintree Grand National 2018 14th April 09 Mar 2018 12:18 #6470

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Maybe we should do a WC virtual sweepstake?!!! I don`t particularly like this race for many reasons, but sadly, I can`t stop it from happening. I know many of the horses running in it and just want them all over the line safely.
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complete guide to the Aintree Grand National 2018 14th April 09 Mar 2018 15:57 #6471

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Must say I fancy; DEFINITLY RED B)
Might well be the LFC Connection B)
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He`s decent Paul and a good jumper. It`s not so much the ability of the better horses but the number of runners and the fences. Unlike any other national hunt chase this race. I usually look for a class horse who has finished placed either in the Cheltenham gold cup (next Friday) or a horse with a bit of class who can jump. And stays the 4m plus distance! Horses who have won staying chases or other national type races. Although looking back the years, the great Red Rum was bred to be a flat racehorse and look what he achieved! Don`t think we`ll see his like again, he was so special.
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complete guide to the Aintree Grand National 2018 14th April 09 Mar 2018 17:27 #6474

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Although looking back the years, the great Red Rum was bred to be a flat racehorse and look what he achieved! Don`t think we`ll see his like again, he was so special.

Aaah... you mean this fella ;)

Me on the left and Billy Beardwood on the right, taken in 1974 by Jack Grainger at the stables over the road from our house in Glenrose Terrace.

We used to get The Sporting Life in the stables every Saturday and would be back and forth to the bookies all day. We would look for anything placed in the last 3 outings that matched 'the going' and select the one with the highest purse + lowest handicap. We did pretty well out of it for a while and built up a bit of a pot, until some bastard nicked it.
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complete guide to the Aintree Grand National 2018 14th April 10 Mar 2018 10:08 #6485

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What a lovely photo Spanner, thanks for sharing your memories. Happy days eh? I saw Rummy when he paraded at a horse show near me and got some Kodak photos but sadly no smartphones were available back then or I would have uploaded some photos! He was a small horse too which surprised me when I saw him, but such a classy animal to look at. I also seen Desert Orchid at the same horse show years later when he visited, but couldn`t stay for his ridden parade as my step dad picked us up too early. :angry: He was a much bigger framed horse than Rummy they were like chalk & cheese in comparison.

Your method of form choice is a good one. I used to be half decent at choosing national hunt winners, mainly in novice chases and grade/group races as handicaps are a nightmare! I never bother with handicaps and don`t even bet these days. I just follow racing as a hobby really and love the horses. Cheltenham festival begins Tuesday and another of my old favourites runs. Cue Card. He`s 12 years old now but due to retire soon after this run and another at Aintree next month all being well. I just hope he finishes fine and ends his career in style. Paddy Brennan is back on him so I hope they have luck on their side.
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complete guide to the Aintree Grand National 2018 14th April 16 Mar 2018 18:38 #6545

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Paul wrote:
Must say I fancy; DEFINITLY RED

He ran in today`s Cheltenham gold Cup Paul but didn`t finish in the first three. Ground was atrocious though and most of the field struggled with it except the winner Native River (stays longer than todays distance on this ground) and Mite Bite in second who is a class horse and might have won if the conditions were faster. If the Grand National going is anything softer than soft, I would doubt Definitely Red finishing the race. And he`s supposed to like soft going!

Tomorrows Uttoxeter midlands National can sometimes throw up a winner of the Grand National too. Remember Lord Gyllene? Quite a while ago now but he won the Grand National that was run on the Monday when the bomb scare cancelled the race. He`s the only winner I`ve picked to win that race!
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