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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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.

Wayward Prince Begins Reign after Scottish National 2015 Win!

Wayward Prince won the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr on Saturday. The Hilary Parrott-trained and owned along with T J Parrott 11-year-old won with jockey Robbie Dunne onboard at 25-1 in the prestigious race. Wayward Prince won by three-quarters of a length over Irish raider Goonyella priced at 16-1 while Benbens came in third at 33/1 and Amigo was fourth at 28/1 while Catching On came in 5th at 14/1.

Hilary Parrott said of the win,

“It’s a dream and he’s loved every minute of it. He does get looked after like a baby and we all love him. He did very well when trained by Ian Williams, then he lost his form and I thought I’d have him. We’re a small yard, so he gets a lot of attention. He goes out every day and is very happy. I can’t believe it. He’d never gone four miles before, but he did fall in the Grand National last year.”

Goonyella’s trainer Meath’s Jim Dreaper said,

“He showed again he’s got great stamina. His lack of pace is just shown up a bit more on that ground, but that was very good. The plan is to try to get him into Aintree to beat the ballot. He’s missed out two years in a row and maybe he can do it next year.”

Wayward Prince was brought to the attention of Pricewise followers when the Racing Post tipster advised the winner at 40-1 in Saturday’s newspaper. I actually had €2 on him because I was going to do a horse that was a non-runner. I didn’t pick him exactly. I just closed my eyes in the bookies and ran the pen down the race and wherever it stopped I’d bet on the horse and it was Wayward Prince. 🙂

Seven Tips For The Scottish National 2015!

So the clouds blew away from me with Many Clouds recently?! 🙂 So let’s give this whole tipster thing another go! 🙂 Here is my seven tips for this year’s Scottish National:

Lie Forrit

Benvolio

Benvolio is on the right.

Houblon Des Obeaux

Sam Winner

Milborough

Harry The Viking

Bless The Wings

Al Co Wins The Scottish Grand National at 40/1!

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I was 2nd again in today’s Scottish National! Sniff! The winner was 40/1 shot French Chestnut Gelding Al Co with jockey Jaime Moore on board beating my darling Godsmejudge (one of my fave horses) and Trustan Times (I had him too! Double sniff!) at Ayr. There wasn’t very much in with with last year’s winner rallying with Aidan Coleman on board to make a late charge but alas, it wasn’t meant to be and Al Co went on to score in the big race. Well done to Al Co and all concerned! 🙂

Here was my predictions which I didn’t get to put up in time. (Probably for the best! :-)) One of them was a non-runner but I didn’t know that at the time.

It is traditionally a race which is won by a horse which is not too far out in the betting in recent years unlike its Irish or English counterparts. However this year came a shock with Al Co.

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This horse is a previous winner of this race. Me, my mum and sister had him done when he won. I think 16/1 is a crazy price for him. I think he could possibly do it once again. This is a class horse.

 

Price: 16/1

 

Mendip Express

I seen this horse running in the form guide for the National up in the local bookies and was struck by two things. Firstly the horse is really good and secondly they have express in their name like this website! Has a really good chance in the race and could rush like an express train home!

 

Price: 11/1

 

Trustan Times

This was another horse that I seen in the form guide in my local bookies and again was struck by two things: that the horse was again was an excellent talent and if you change the u to an i it reads Tristan, my character’s name in my story which I put up here. Another horse with a really good chance.

 

Price: 10/1

 

Yes Tom

This horse is a really horse who has a great chance here and should not be passed over lightly.

 

Price: `12/1

 

Hadrian’s Approach

This is a horse who I can see crossing the line possibly first. I can’t see into the future or anything like that but I know this is a good horse. I’ve seen them run a few times and I think they have a really good chance of mounting a strong case here.

 

Price: 16/1

 

Here is how the top 5 finished:

 

1 Al Co
2 Godsmejudge
3 Trustan Times
4 Merry King
5 Summery Justice