Grand National day and we have two runners in the race, plus two more at Aintree and two at Newcastle.
1.30 - Granard won easily at Ffos Las two weeks ago on his hurdles debut over 2m 6f following a good bumper introduction when 3rd at Warwick. Over 2m 4+ today on similar heavy ground, he looks sure to go on from that. Jamie Bargary rides and they look the pair to beat, another good show expected.
3.55 - Everybody’s Talkin makes his handicap debut following three hurdles outings, when he has shown ability and improvement last time at Doncaster over 2m 5f. Over a furlong further today, the heavy ground shouldn’t worry him and from a decent mark, further improvement can see him go very close. Jamie in the saddle.
2.25 - Count Meribel was pulled up here yesterday in the latter stages over 3m 1/2f and takes his chance again here over 2m 4f. Has some good early season form in the book with a hat trick of wins and went well until late on yesterday. Mark Grant rides.
4.20 - Wholestone has developed into a good staying hurdler and was 3rd at Cheltenham just 5 lengths behind the winner and in front of today’s favourite. Aintree is new ground for him, but this track should suit him well and maybe bring out a little more. Has a leading chance and can go close. Daryl Jacob aboard.
5.15 - Grand National Blaklion carries top weight following his well documented exploits round here, with his 4th place last year then winning the Becher Chase over 3m 2f in December. He’s only twice been out of the first five in his 25 race career with 10 wins and 9 further places, so if a horse deserves a National, then he does! A big ask from top weight, but he loves it here, is up to the task. Sam Twiston-Davies rides and another big run anticipated.
Double Ross runs from the other end of the handicap bar a pound and comes into the race on the back of a very good run in the Fulke Welwyn at Cheltenham when 4th of 20 over 3m 2f. Down 4lbs from 143 that day, he was pulled up in this race two years ago but has gone well here over the mildmay fences since. Should also go well and from this mark may just be good each way value. Tom Bellamy takes the ride.
Blaklion ready to roar in 2018 Grand National!
(Pictured here on the gallops with Fay Shulton)