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 …

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

My Top Tips For The Irish Grand National At Fairyhouse!

The biggest race in the Irish racing calender takes place today. The Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse so I have compiled my top tips for the big race! I think it is a wide open race so I’m not going to play it safe. Hope they help, not hinder! :-):

Jamsie Hall

Trained by Gordan Elliott this horse has plenty of racing experience and has the ability to spring at least an outside chance of as each way bet. I like this horse too because I’m a Union J and James Byron fan and the name reminds me of them but hey it is as good a reason as any in a race like the National! 🙂

50/1

Folsom Blue

I am drawn to this horse for a personal reason. My dad was Dublin so his favourite colour was blue. But this horse trained by Conor O’Dwyer has really good form too. His most recent form was a 3rd at Limerick behind Touch The Eden who is also running today but it’s a different day and I can’t see this race been won by a smaller price.

25/1

Pendra

Trained by C E Longsdon, this is a horse with a lot of promise here. He was most recently 3rd behind Present View at Cheltenham and has an excellent form rate of 5 wins and 2 placings from 9 runs.

25/1

4. Cantlow

Cantlow is not a consistent horse but when this horse is good they are very good so might be worth an each way chance.

40/1

Daring Article

This is a horse with a good chance. Also it’s article and it’s writing so I’m going to be drawn to the horse! This is a really good horse too though with a great chance here. 🙂

14/1

Best of luck everyone with the race today! 🙂