My Tips For The Irish Grand National 2019!

Today is my birthday so hopefully the Irish National will be lucky for me! Here is my tips for the big race:

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Acapella Bourgeois 25/1

Isleofhopendreams 25/1

A Toi Phil 22/1

Roaring Bull 33/1

Out Sam 25/1

Bellow Mome 25/1

 

Best of luck to you all. 🙂

Tiger Roll Wins The Grand National. R.I.P. Up For Review

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Tiger Roll became the first horse to win two consecutive English Grand Nationals since Red Rum’s same success in 1973 and 1974. The talented 9-year-old Meath horse was ridden to victory once again by Davy Russell, is trained by Gordon Elliott and owned by Michael O’Leery of Gigginstown stud. He went off as the 4/1 favourite for the race and didn’t disappoint many, many punters.

Tiger Roll faced stiff competition on the day from Magic Of Light who came second at 66/1 and Rathvinden in third at 8/1. Rounding off the top 6 was Walk In The Mill, Anibale Fly and One For Arthur.

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Well done Tiger Roll and all concerned. 🙂

 

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R.I.P. Up For Review

But the day was also filled with sadness when 10-year-old Up For Review suffered a fatal fall at the first fence and was put down. When I heard the news it broke my heart.

There was numerous debate in the run-up to the National about the unsafeness horses face in the National and in horse racing in general. And since the news of Up For Review’s passing, there has been further debate. At any other time I would say debate away to both sides but at this moment in time my thinking is different as there is a horse after losing his life and I think now is a time to mourn his loss instead of one side appearing to use his death to show how unsafe racing is and the other side speaking about Up For Review with that he’s ‘only a horse’ ugly attitude when that horse went out there to race for your entertainment.

I love you Up For Review, rest in peace sweetheart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Tips For The Aintree National 2019!

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My sister is a huge Eurovision fan and the running commentary in our house is that all the Nationals are my Eurovision each year. So in the run-up to tomorrow’s big day here is my National tips:

 

Joe Farrell 16/1

Folsom Blue 50/1

Pleasant Company 16/1

Tea For Two 40/1

Bless The Wings 66/1

One For Arthur 25/1

Up For Review 25/1

Monbeg Notorious 40/1

Vieux Lion Rouge 33/1

Ultragold 50/1

 

Hope tomorrow is a most profitable day for all readers of Culture Vulture Express. Whatever horse/s you pick good luck! 🙂

My Tips For All Four Days Of Cheltenham 2019!

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Tomorrow Cheltenham gets underway. I absolutely love this annual fest of horse racing & below is my tips for each day of the festival:

 

Day 1

 

1.30: Itchy Feet

2.10: Glen Forsa

2.50: Noble Endeavor

3.30: Sharjah

4.10: Lady Buttons

4.50: Good Man Pat

5.30: Gun Digger

 

Day 2

 

1.30: Brewin’upastorm

2.10: The Worlds End

2.50: Wicklow Brave

3.30: Ordinary World

4.10: Hurricane Darwin

4.50: Cracker Factory

5.30: Cascova

 

 

Day 3

1.30: Mengli Khan

2.10: Walk To Freedom

2.50: Top Notch

3.30: Black Op

4.10: Pleasant Company

4.50: Black Tears

5.30: Testify

 

 

Day 4

1.30: Quel Destin

2.10: Tombstone

2.50: Ask Ben

3.30: Shattered Love

4.10: Shantou Flyer

4.50: Duke Of Navan

5.30: Early Doors

 

 

I wish you all the very best of luck & hope Cheltenham week is a very enjoyable and profitable week for you! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Farrell Wins The Scottish Grand National & The Story Of A Little Teddy Bear Pug!

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I didn’t get a chance to put up my tips for the Scottish Grand National but today the winner was Joe Farrell and thankfully with my birthday coming up tomorrow I had the winner in good old Joe Farrell. As I was born on the 22nd of April, I picked number 22. I was thinking half of picking it because it was 22 and then came the final thing that made me go with it. My sister Sharon got me a little teddy bear who is a pug for my birthday because I love dogs and adore little stuffed dogs. And I think pugs are so sweet. So then I ran the dog down the list of runners last night with my eyes closed and he landed on Joe Farrell so that was it, decision made. I also decided prior that the pug would be named after the National winner so now he’s Joe Farrell, Joe for short.

It was rather a nerve-wrecking finish as it went down to a photo-finish when second placed Ballyoptic made a last ditch rally to win. My sister also had a bit of luck with Label Des Obeaux who came 6th and my Mum was just ran out of the placings with Pearl Swan.

Joe Farrell is trained by Rebecca Curtis and was ridden by Adam Wedge. He is owned by Mark Sherwood, Nigel Morris & Rebecca Curtis and won at 33/1. Well done Joe Farrell and all concerned! 🙂

The top seven was as follows:

  1. Joe Farrell
  2. Ballyoptic
  3. Vintage Clouds
  4. Doing Fine
  5. Vicente
  6. Label Des Obeaux
  7. Pearl Swan

 

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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

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 …