Now we arrive at Aintree for their showpiece meeting for the Grand National.
We will get a view of the National fences with the Foxhunters’ on Thursday for amateur jockeys and then on Friday with the Topham Chase when the professionals get their first look at the course.
The National course is spectacular in all its glory and this preview will lead us nicely to Saturdays big race.
The trends for the Foxhunters’ are important as course form is key and to have actually jumped round these fences before is another major plus. Hopefully we can find some nice each way value.
- 16/16 Aged 9 or Older
- 11/16 Placed Top 3 Last Time Out
- 6/16 Ran at Cheltenham Last Time
- 4/5 Irish Trained Winners
- 10/14 Had Run Over National Fences Before
(Trainer Justin Landy/Jockey Charlotte Crane)
For those of you who follow Irish form from years ago, may remember this horse being trained by the great Dessie Hughes.
This horse had a very poignant win on August 9th 2014 when under Barry Geraghty, he won the Kieran Kelly memorial beginners chase. Kieran Kelly tragically lost his life in August 2003 after a fall from Balmy Native trained by Dessie.
To look at the form of this horse we will see that he has a liking for the National fences. When trained by Dr Richard Newland he finished second in a Grand Sefton Chase to As De Mee back in 2016.
He was then 8/1 joint favourite for the Topham in 2017 when he fell at the 15th making headway. His hunter chase career has started brightly when winning at Leicester last time out under Charlotte Crane.
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The most noticeable thing for me is that he hadn’t ran in nearly six months, was prominent most of the way, led four out and was ridden clear to win by 7 lengths.
That performance was very strong for me in Hunter Chase terms. The horse that he beat was The Last But One who had ran four times in point to points, winning three and second on the other occasion.
He will be very well prepped for this race and if he gets luck in running the distance and ground shouldn’t be an issue.
It’s an open competitive race this year but the double figure odds available on Seefood are generous. He could well be shorter closer to the off.
Seefood at 16/1
(Trainer W H Easterby/Jockey William Easterby)
We go to last year’s race and look at the form for our next horse.
For me Greensalt has been laid out perfectly for this year. He finished third last year off a rating of 106 and subsequently went up to 117.
He then went to Hexham and unseated his rider when in second closing on the leader. He has had one run this season in a point to point at Duncombe Park which should have him spot on.
In terms of his overall form under rules he was very lightly raced when trained by Donald Mc Cain. As I have already mentioned, course form is key in terms of this race, and should he stay out of trouble he could be staying on at the elbow and putting the leaders under pressure.
Very big price available at the minute considering he was placed in the race last year.
Greensalt at 25/1