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

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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. 🙂

My Top 7 Tips For The English Grand National 2016!

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It’s that time of year again when the horses go to post for the thriller at Aintree and I’ve been looking over the horses set to race on Saturday at 5.15pm. So Culture Vulture Express’ admin (Yes that’s me! Not a big operation here! :-)) has below compiled seven tips in the big race. I tried my best! 🙂

Katenko

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I love Venetia Williams as a trainer. Over the years I’ve had quite a few winners that were trained by Venetia Williams. Sadly not Mon Mome though which won this race all the way back in 2009 at 200/1. A very good horse which has sadly had a lot of injuries but I do have a lot of faith in this horse and I’m hopeful he has a good run in the race.

Soll

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Soll has always been a very reliable, steady horse and has been placed a lot in his career. Some might think this horse is past his best but I think there’s life in this older horse yet. He has a lot of experience over this track and has every chance.

The Last Samurai

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Winner of the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster, this horse is 2 from 3 since joining the Kim Bailey stable and has a very good chance here. His trainer previously won the race in 1990 with Mr. Frisk. This horse is usually a very good stayer.

Kruzhlinin

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Previously with trainer Donald McCain, he has previously finished 10th in the race. The McCain stable are of course great at training horses for this race but he has since moved to another impressive trainer Phillip Hobbs and won his first race for the stable at Kempton.

Boston Bob

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Winner of the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse this year, this horse is a grafter and can never be ruled out. Like Soll many think he is past his beat but I wouldn’t be so sure about that.

First Lieutenant

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Got this horse in the sweepstake and I was very pleased about that. He is usually a good stayer which is an obvious plus for this race. Could Mouse Morris get the double?

Aachen

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I started with one of Venetia Williams’ horses in this race so it seems fitting to end with one too. This horse has a lot of potential and I expect a good run on the day from Aachen.

 

Good luck everyone! 🙂

The Recent Sports’ Round-Up Darlings!

The English National was won by the fabulous Many Clouds on Saturday. My mum had him done. 🙂 It was wonderful excitement in our house as he crossed the line at Aintree. Priced at 25/1 Many Clouds, trained by Oliver Sherwood and owned by Trevor Hemmings, ensured that jockey Leighton Aspell made history becoming the first jockey in 61 years to ride back-to-back National winners on different horses having rode Pineau De Re to victory last year. Last year’s winner also gave a good showing completing the course once again. Second was Saint Are following by Welsh National winner Monbeg Dude who after been hampered early on made a great recovery to get third. Alvarado followed home in 4th while Shutthefrontdoor came 4th for Tony McCoy in his last ever English National before he retires on April 25th.

The Alan Carr celebrity sweepstake was won by Dave Berry while poor old Alan got Court By Surprise which I also picked out of our local bookies’ sweepstake! 🙂 The Alan Carr Chatty Man Grand National Special took place on Friday with Gok Wan and Nick Luck who were part of the Channel 4 team for the big race among the guests.

Congratulations From Alan Carr To Dave Berry

21-year-old golfer Jordan Spieth became the youngest Masters winner since golfing legend Tiger Woods on Sunday winning by four shots over golfing rivals Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson who shared second while Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy finished in fourth position. Spieth ended on 18-under par breaking numerous records in the process and hugged his girlfriend Annie Verret, his mother, Chris, his father, Shawn, his younger brother, Steven and his grandfather, Bob following his prestigious win. His younger sister Ellie, who was born with a neurological disorder that places her on the autism spectrum, was watching her big brother win at home.

Speaking of his win, Spieth said:

“It was very nerve-wracking today. I didn’t sleep all last night. Just got out here and got in a little rhythm. With two major champions right behind, I couldn’t let up. It was the most incredible week of my life. This is as great as it gets in our sport. It was remarkable. I saw my family and friends right behind the green there, and knew it was going to be a done deal. I’m still kind of in shock a little bit.”

Spieth, who came joint second last year behind Bubba Watson, was awarded the green jacket by the former champion.

Well done to all! 🙂

Seven Tips For The English Grand National 2015!

I did pick the Irish Grand National winner. Just saying! 🙂 But been serious the English Grand Nationals of all the Nationals tend to elude me a bit. I have picked two winners of it but it’s a rare one that I do. Just warning you all in advance. 🙂 My late father was actually amazing at picking the winner of English Grand Nationals. He picked a lot of winners of it. 🙂

Bearing all in mind here is my seven tips for glory this year:

Rebel Rebellion

The Rainbow Hunter

Balthazar King

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Alvarado

Night In Milan

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Pineau De Re Storms To Victory In 2014’s English Grand National!

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Pineau De Re won The Grand National today at the Aintree race course!

With jockey Leighton Aspell aboard the 11-year-old horse steered clear of rivals to win by 5 lengths to second-placed Balthazar King. He is trained by Dr Richard Newland who looks after 12 horses as a ‘hobby’. Newland studied medicine at Cambridge University and he is a medical practitioner in a village called Claines which is in central England. He took out a licence to train horses in 2006. Pineau De Re was his very first runner in the Grand National and lucky for him it was also the very first year that prize money made it to $1.65 million. Happy days indeed! 

Newland said,

“This is a hobby for me really. I’m lucky enough to be able to do this (train horses) and enjoy it but if you do it as a full-time job, there’s a higher level of stress and less fun.”

Coming in at 25-1 the horse seen off many more fancied opponents in a perfection display by both Pineau De Re and Aspell who previously finished second in his first Grand National in 2003 and retired in 2007. However he missed racing and the camaraderie  with the other jockeys so came back within two years. 

Organisers announced that every horse and jockey made it around safely thank God despite there been many falls in the course of the race.

The top five finishers were:

1. Pineau De Re

2. Balthazar King

3. Double Seven

4. Alvarado

5. Rocky Creek

Well done Pineau De Re and all concerned! 🙂

Roll on the Scottish National …