On Thursday I posted my Grand National preview. This morning I would like to narrow things down.
The forecast at Aintree is sunshine and showers this afternoon with light winds. After the overnight rain the ground has eased to soft.
Crabbie´s Grand National Chase (Handicap) (Grade 3) (CLASS 1) (7yo+)
- Winner: £561,300
- Maximum runners: 40
- Distance: 4m 2f 74y
- Going: Soft
Holywell’s latest Cheltenham form was let down yesterday with Un Temps Pour Tout being well beaten. Carrying top weight he finished a creditable second at the festival with a number of today’s rivals behind him. The 9y.o. carries a stone less this afternoon. Currently a general 16/1.
The class horse is Silviniaco Conti who is handicapped to win if he stays the trip. Has won at this meeting for the past two years.
The Last Samuri could have done without the overnight rain, but I still expect him to go well. Comes here fresh having not raced since his easy victory over The Druids Nephew at Doncaster in early March.
Whilst I respect the chances of Many Clouds to win here again, the 8/1 on offer represents no value.
Plenty of competition amongst the layers. Many go 5 places with some firms going 6 places. It pays to shop around.