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

Shutthefrontdoor Wins The Irish Grand National At Fairyhouse!

So much I know! 🙂 The Irish Grand National was won today by the favourite Shutthefrontdoor with Meath jockey Barry Geraghty on board.

It is the first time that Geraghty has won the Irish National in his home county despite major success in many prestigious races including his recent win this year aboard Jezki in the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham and a Topham Chase win aboard Ma Filleule at Aintree respectively for trainers Jessica Harrington and Nicky Henderson. Both of which I had done. Wish I had today’s too! 🙂

Jonjo O’Neill trained Shutthefrontdoor and Geraghty stood in for the suspended Tony McCoy to win aboard by three-quarters of a length.

O’ Neill said,

“He was in a great position all the way and jumped really well. Everything went right for him. He has done nothing wrong all season. He had a great run at Chelthenham and after that we thought this was the race for him. Plan B didn’t work out too badly! He will have good rest and is hopefully okay and we can look forward to next season. He needed a big leap at the last, he got it and battled on really well.”

While Geraghty said:

“I’ve never even got close so to win it is brilliant. I thought turning in that I would win and then I was outpaced from the second-last, but going to the last I was getting going and I knew he was meeting it on a good stride a long way off. It means an awful lot – it’s brilliant.”

His owner J P McManus said,

“It’s a great race to win. Full marks to Jonjo, Barry and all the team at Jackdaws. It’s an exciting day. It’s disappointing for AP that he’s not here today as I’m sure he would have picked this horse. I wish both of them could have rode it but I feel sorry for AP that he’s not here.”

Congrats to all concerned! 🙂

The top 5 finished as follows:

1. Shutthefrontdoor

2. Golden Wonder (My sis had this horse! It was heartbreaking!)

3. Saoirse Dun

4. Jamsie Hall

5. Folsom Blue 

Love Jamsie Hall and Folsom Blue. My two little pets! 🙂