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! 🙂

 

 

My Six Tips For Scottish Grand National Glory!

 

The Scottish Grand National will take place at Ayr tomorrow. It is the National as a punter I have the best record in so I’m hopeful of a good result tomorrow.

Below are my six tips for Scottish Grand National glory 2016:

Midnight Prayer

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I had a good win with this horse one day and the team of jockey Wayne Hutchinson and trainer Alan King are an excellent combination. They often get some big price results.

Emperor’s Choice

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Speaking of excellent combinations Emperor’s Choice is a big price and has another excellent team of jockey Aidan Coleman and trainer Venetia Williams who have also given me some big price results over the years.

Folsom Blue

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My dear old friend Folsom Blue is one horse bidding to bag the 3 Nationals for trainer Mouse Morris. This horse is placed a lot.

Alvarado

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Like Folsom Blue, Alvarado is a horse that gets placed a lot. He can never be discounted.

Straidnahanna

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Sue Smith’s Straidnahanna is a horse with a good chance tomorrow. This horse is there or thereabouts a lot.

Pineau De Re

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Former English Grand National winner Pineau De Re is set to be ridden by Nico de Boinville who is a jockey who tends to get quite a few big price winners. I won nearly a hundred quid for just a few Euros on a horse that really expected to win once that he was on so with de Boinville on board a horse can never be discounted.

Rule The World Rules The World!

 

The English Grand National at Aintree took place for it’s annual outing. The 179th winner was the Mouse Morris trained Rule The World which completed the Irish and English Grand National double for the Irish trainer. It was also a double National win for Gigginstown House Stud who own both Rule The World and Irish National champ Rogue Angel.

David Mullins, in his first ride in the race bet The Last Samuri (8-1 joint favourite) and Vics Canvas (100-1) in a comeback on the run-in abroad Rule The World with Gilgamboa (28-1) finishing fourth with Goonyella (12-1) fifth.

Mouse Morris said after,

“This is just magic. I’ve got great friends who stood by me and helped. I’d have settled for third at the Elbow but he ran on like a train. He has broken his pelvis in two falls and before that he was one of the best horses I ever had.”

Mullins said it was “special and magic” and added,

“It was just amazing. I’ve never had a feeling like this and it all went to plan. To get the call to ride this horse was amazing. The fact that it is his first win over fences is more amazing than me winning on my first time around.”

Michael O’Leary said,

“I don’t know what to feel, I’m numb. I thought I had no chance in it. I wanted to win a Gold Cup and it was beyond dreams that I could win a Grand National. To win a Gold Cup, Irish National and Grand National in one year – I think I should stop, it’s not going to get any better than this.”

My mum who is on a bit of a National roll at the moment had Vic’s Canvas each-way so well done Mam! 🙂

Well done Rule The World and all concerned. 🙂