Tiger Roll Wins The English Grand National!

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The English Grand National was won by Tiger Roll rode by Davy Russell. Tiger Roll was trained by Gordan Elliott and owned by Michael O’ Leary. He won the race by a head from Pleasant Company with Bless The Wings in third.

It was a very dramatic finish to the race with Tiger Roll beating Pleasant Company by a head with the result going to a photo finish after David Mullins abroad Pleasant Company made a huge rally at the end to attempt to claim glory. Little fighter Bless The Wings made a tremendous effort to take third.

I had no luck today and am hoping for more luck next week in the Scottish National with my birthday coming up next week. 🙂 But my Mum got each way on Bless The Wings so there was thankfully some luck in our house today with the National. Sadly my sister had Pleasant Company to win so there was heartbreak there. My sister got One For Arthur last  year so she almost got two in a row.

Tiger Roll won at 10/1 and is the first English Grand National winner for Davy Russell. Well done to Tiger Roll and all concerned. 🙂

The top 6 in the National was as follows:

  1. Tiger Roll
  2. Pleasant Company
  3. Bless The Wings
  4. Anibale Fly
  5. Milansbar
  6. Road To Riches
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Tiger Roll wins with Pleasant Company second and Bless The Wings behind in third

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My Seven English Grand National Tips

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Tomorrow is a big day in the racing calendar. 40 horses will take to the track at Aintree for the 171st English Grand National. But as always there will only be one who will be victorious. It is honestly one of the highlights of my year and in preparation I have compiled my seven tips for National glory. Read on for my tips for this year’s Aintree Randox Grand National …

 

Shantou Flyer

I absolutely love this horse. He has so much talent in his little toes. Recently he had a great run at Cheltenham where he was just bet on the line. In fact his record at Cheltenham is excellent where he has never been out of the top two. His run here in this race last year wasn’t fantastic but there’s a lot more to come from this horse. He’s a great jumper and a very hard-working horse and today just might be his day.

Price: 33/1

 

 

 

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Ucello Conti

This horse is another great horse. Last year he was running and jumping beautifully until he was brought down near the 22nd fence. He is a really good stayer and will feature strongly if he makes it all the way around this time. Comes from a very talented family of horses too with his brother being the recently deceased Silviniaco Conti (R.I.P.)

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Price: 20/1

 

Houblon Des Obeaux

 

This is a dark horse (no pun intended) in this race. Venetia Williams won this race before with a 100/1 shot Mon Mome and I think this horse could possibly be a surprise package. This horse has been placed in some tough races in the past: in the Welsh and Midlands Nationals and it wouldn’t shock me if this horse was there or thereabouts come tomorrow.

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Price: 50/1

Chase The Spud

What first drew my attention to this horse was his name. His name’s cool. But then I looked him up and he’s a real little fighter of a horse and a really good jumper. He won the Midlands National in fine style and has a real chance to build on that tomorrow.

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Alpha Des Obeaux

The news that Rachael Blackmore is due to ride this horse tomorrow is a real plus for his chances. Blackmore rode a brilliant race in the Irish Grand National recently to come 6th on Arkwrisht and her skills combined with this horse’s talent could be a recipe for success.

Price: 33/1

 

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The Last Samuri

This horse ran great in this race two years ago finishing second and is a very strong horse who you can never rule out. I think he will go well here. He is proven to get around the track so he is a good stayer which is real plus for this race.

Price: 14/1

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Maggio

This wonderfully hard-working horse could feature tomorrow. He’s another dark horse in the race and is interestingly owned by  D G Pryde/James Beaumont who owned 2013 winner (and my last winner of this race) Auroras Encore alongside David van der Hoeven. This horse like Auroras Encore is 66/1. Is there a great omen in that? Also the horse is trained by a Dublin trainer Patrick Griffin. Will Griffin bring the luck of the Irish to Maggio? A great jockey too in Nick Scholfield.

Price: 66/1

 

And that concludes my National guide. I wish you all the best of luck in the race tomorrow and hopefully all the horses and jockeys return safely.

All that remains to be said is may the 2018 Randox Grand National commence …

My Six Tips For Irish Grand National Glory!

 

The 2017 Irish Grand National is due to take place on Monday in Fairyhouse. The horses are hoping to replicate the success of last year’s winner the Mouse Morris-trained Rogue Angel. But just who do I think is in with a shot in the big race? Read on to find out …

Bonny Kate

This horse is a very steady, reliable horse. She has an excellent chance of placing or maybe even winning.

Odds: 20/1

Abre De Vie

Another horse with a great chance on the day, Abre De Vie could be a dark horse in this race.

Odds: 20/1

Fletchers Flyer

This Harry Fry-trained horse has a big chance. The jockey on the day Noel Fehily is also in great form. This horse also won in the 3m6f handicap chase at Punchestown last season so the trip, as well as the ground, suits Fletchers Flyer.

Odds: 10/1

Baie Des Iles

Katie Walsh takes the ride on Baie Des Iles on the day for her husband Ross. Rain is hoped for the horse who was sixth last year. She is another very steady, reliable horse and she has a big chance come Monday.

Odds: 20/1

Tiger Roll

This Gordon Elliott-trained horse had a great win at Cheltenham recently and has the stamina for the length of this race. The ground will also help Tiger Roll.

Odds: 16/1

Bless The Wings

This horse is a fighter. Second last year to Rogue Angel it would not surprise me if he went one better this time around.

Odds: 16/1

My 6 Tips For English Grand National 2017 Glory!

The 2017 English Grand National is due to take place later today. One of the huge highlights in the racing calendar, 40 horses will go to post to try and repeat the victory of last year’s winner Rule The World.

 

So who do I think has the best chance of storming their way to victory in the Aintree classic? Read on to find out. Oh and good luck! 🙂

 

 

 

The Last Samuri

 

 

The Last Samuri is just an excellent classy horse. Runner-up to Rule The World last year the 9-year-old Kim Bailey-trained horse unfortunately is the top weight this time around which is my only concern. However another classy horse by the name of Red Rum did win in 1974 as the top weight. Kim Bailey is a former National winning trainer with Mr Frisk in 1990. The Last Samuri’s jockey on the day will be David Bass. Even with been the top weight I think The Last Samuri is a hard horse to pass over.

 

Odds: 22/1

 

Ucello Conti

 

 

Ucello Conti, half brother of Silviniaco Conti who retired yesterday after a wonderful career, is another horse with a huge chance. Having finished sixth last year he clearly has the stamina and staying power to get around the course which is always a good start. The Gordon Elliott-trained horse also finished fourth in the Becher Chase over the National fences. Daryl Jacob will be the jockey on the day.

 

Odds: 25/1

 

Regal Encore

 

 

Regal Encore is a horse whose form is slightly up and down but on a good day this horse can certainly pull it off such as in the Ascot Silver Cup which he won. Trained by Anthony Honeyball, the jockey on the day will be Robbie Power who recently steered Sizing John to victory in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham and won this race abroad Silver Birch a decade ago.

 

Odds:  80/1

 

Wonderful Charm

 

 

Second to Pasha Du Polder at Cheltenham recently this horse is a very strong finisher. Recent form with two firsts and a second is very good. Katie Walsh, following her arm injury abroad Distime on Wednesday, is still due to take the ride abroad Wonderful Charm today.

 

Odds: 33/1

 

 

Double Shuffle

 

 

A very steady jumper which is always a plus in the National and won at Kempton recently. The Nic Williamson and Max Fawbert owned horse is trained by Tom George with Adrian Heskin due to take the ride on the day.

 

Odds: 40/1

 

 

La Vaticane

 

 

Can La Vaticane become the first mare to win since Nickel Coin in 1951? The David Pipe-trained horse hasn’t bad form for the complete outsider of the field and has completed over the National fences in other races she has been in even if she didn’t finish as planned in them. But she has plenty of experience and that bodes well for horses. On board on the day will be jockey Richie McLernon.

 

 

Odds: 100/1

Portugal Win The European Championship 2016!

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Portugal have won the European Championship for the first time beating host nation France 1-0 in extra-time in Paris.

It was a night of ups and downs for Portugal after captain Cristiano Ronaldo went off injured in the first half with a knee injury. The team then bravely worked hard together to pull off the deserved victory on the night. They were rewarded for their hard work with a goal in extra-time from Eder who scored his first competitive goal for his country. France had no reply.

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The last time Portugal reached the final was 12 years ago when they themselves were the host nation and were beaten by Greece 1-0.

Congratulations Portugal!

The Euro 2016 Semi-Finalists!

The Euros are down to the last four teams and on Sunday one team will be crowned champs. Rather exciting, ain’t it? Here is my review of the four left in contention and who I think will win.

France

Host nation France have bet us, the Republic of Ireland and Iceland (who I also loved in it.) so their path to the semis hasn’t been easy. Antoine Griezmann has been goal-scoring a lot for them and that looks set to continue. But I think the hosts may go out at the semis.

Germany

Germany have had a few shaky moments like their last match in the quarters against Italy when it went to penalties. But the thing about Germany is that even when they aren’t at their best they always find a way to pull through which is a great quality. Mario Gomez has been brilliant for them in this tournament and after getting a hamstring injury he will be missed by them for the rest of the competition but I still think they’ll make the final.

Portugal

Portugal haven’t been hugely impressive in this tournament having came 3rd in their group and been brought to extra-time by Croatia in the last 16 and then to penalties by Poland in the quarters. It’s admirable that they held onto their position in the competition but there is only so long you can get luck for. Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player but he hasn’t had a great tournament so far.

Wales

Well Wales have been a revelation, haven’t they? I love their attitude and they have been so impressive. Their last 16 match against Northern Ireland was a close call and it was unfortunate for Northern Ireland how things turned out in that particular game. But Wales’ quarter-final match was incredible. Beating Belgium 3-1 they definitely earned their semi-final spot and I definitely think they have a great chance of making the final. Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Ashley Williams have been superb but as a team they have just been so strong and brilliant. Actually they are my tip to win the competition. My heart and my head are with Wales. Come on Wales! Yous’ can do it! 🙂

 

Vicente’s Scottish National Win!

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I didn’t get around to writing up this blog post on dear old Vicente’s splendid Scottish National win because of college assignments. So here it is now everyone. 🙂

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Paul Nicholls’ Vicente stormed to victory at  14-1 with Sam Twiston-Davies at Ayr. Alvarado made a surging finish to get second while Seeyouatmidnight finished in third position with Royale Knight in fourth and Vyta Du Roc in fifth.

Nicholls said,

 

“It was a brilliant result. You try all season to win these big races and a few of them have eluded us but that was a special moment. That was one of Sam’s best ever rides, I’d say. He’s learning all the time and he’s a fantastic guy. This has been the target for Vicente all season. I thought Cheltenham would do him good and you don’t win these races without a prep run.”

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I won a bit of money on my dear old friend Alvarado so that was good. 🙂

Well done Vicente and all concerned! 🙂 And of course Alvarado and all concerned! 🙂