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Grand National 2018: 14 Apr 2018 08:53 #7016

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Grand National 2018: Pinstickers' guide to Aintree runners & riders
By Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

From the section Horse Racing

Randox Health Grand National 2018
Venue: Aintree Date: Saturday, 14 April, 17:15 BST
BBC coverage: Commentary and updates on Radio 5 live; live text commentary on BBC Sport website.
Runners, riders, trainers and form - all the key details you need to know for Saturday's big race at Aintree.

(Racecard number, horse, trainer, jockey, recent form, age, weight carried ie 11st 10lb is top weight. Form: F - Fell, P- Pulled up, U -Unseated rider. Numbers 1, 12 and 24 were late replacements and are listed at the bottom.)

Verdict: "The unpredictable weather could play a part this year but Seeyouatmidnight should be able to cope with the conditions, while Tiger Roll is talented and versatile."

1 Seeyouatmidnight 2 Tiger Roll 3 I Just Know 4 Houblon Des Obeaux

Quick guide to runners

www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/43607619

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Grand National 2018: 14 Apr 2018 09:06 #7019

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I don`t have a crystal ball to hand Paul but this race can be a lottery just because of it`s nature. So given the ground will be SOFT and we need horses who (a) like these fences and (b) have course & distance form and enjoy a slog in the mud, I will stick with two of my old favourites. The Last Samuri and Gas Line Boy. Both have ran and won over these obstacles in the past and the going shouldn`t bother them as much as it will some of the others, but they will need to be spot on to win this.

Some good Irish trained horses running too so they can never be discounted.
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Grand National 2018: 14 Apr 2018 10:41 #7022

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For the Irish trained horses, number 22 Ucello Conti for Gordon Elliot can`t be ruled out. Likes soft going, likes the Aintree fences and is a 10 year old. Been unlucky in this race before when going well. Shrewd trainer.
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Grand National 2018: 14 Apr 2018 18:32 #7024

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Typical. Ucello Conti knuckles on landing and gets rid of the jockey when going well. Gas Line boy finished down the field and I think radar is still looking for The Last Samuri....although he did boil over before the race so that was his chance gone.
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Grand National 2018: 15 Apr 2018 08:40 #7027

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Glad I did not do a Bet is all I can say :)
Good Race, Got a bit confusing as I was Listening to the Liverpool match Commentary at the same time. ;)
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That`s what you call multi tasking Paul! The National is a handicap, so inevitably the horses all carry different weights which unless we are form experts and have a handicappers knowledge, we ain`t going to have a hope in hell of finding the winner of this race and most of the time, it comes down to intuition. The winner JUST won and held on. But the horse who finished second should really have won on another stride at the line, so Tiger Roll was lucky!
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