So the weights for the Grand National came out this week and we thought we would post an early preview. At this stage we are looking for horses we know are being aimed and prepped for the race. Ideally 4 to 6 runs in the season with no more than 1 win before the weights have come out is required resulting in a race fit horse ready for the demands of 4.5 miles and a handicap mark that hasn’t been ruined earlier in the season.
Winning form over 3m+ in class 1 or graded chases is a prime requisite and a top five finish in the Hennessey Irish, welsh or Scottish nationals is a positive on any runners cv.
Vicente is the first of the two we like at this stage. He has been laid out all season for the race since winning the Scottish national at the end of last season. A horse that comes alive in the spring his handicap mark of 147 is only 1 pound higher than his Scottish national winning mark and in terms of weight as they stand now he will carry 12 pounds lower than he did in the Scottish.
The racing post have given him the joint highest rpr of 182 and everything points to a big run in April with the owner and trainer having previously won the race together before.
33/1 E/W WITH PADDY POWER 5places looks the play. 1 pt e/w 33/1
Our 2nd choice is Blaklion. A RSA winner at the Cheltenham festival last year, he is a small gutsy nimble jumper who ran a fine 5th in this season’s Hennessy and has been ticking over nicely all season without blowing his handicap mark. He is 2nd for RPR and 3rd for top speed in racing posts lists for the race and is currently due to off of 10.10; a weight his bullish trainer is very happy with
25/1 E/W paddy power & sky bet both 5 places. 1 pt e/w 251
We will preview the big races again at the five day declaration stage.