Updated: Apr 9, 2022
As usual we have our weekend preview for you with the action this weeks main action coming from Aintree for the Grand National but we also have cards at Newcastle & Bangor with flat action coming from Thirsk . We've then got All Weather action from Wolverhampton under the lights for the evening meeting on an action packed day
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So first up its Aintree and this is where my money will be going on course, I want to get them running scared so I am starting with a big price each way in the first at 1.45pm with Pounding Poet. He has a pretty decent record here finishing 2nd on both runs at this track and it does look like he may be come to this with this one really in mind. He comes in to this right down the bottom of the weights and that could be very useful now he steps up in trip over for this 3m hurdle. 20/1 looks a cracking each way bet and with those extra places from Skybet in particular, we could get off to a flyer
Next up in the 2.25pm my Saturday NAP runs and is my main selection here but for the each way lovers I'm also going to have a small punt on Might I. He looks like he could be very under estimated here but a lot will depend on how he handles the step up in trip. He hasn't run over 2m4f before but if it does unlock a bit extra then the 12/1 could be a great each way punt
In the 3.35pm I am being a little draw here with the heart over the head but I just can't avoid following Champ again. I'm a big fan of the Henderson trainer 10 year old who rarely disappoints however he does have a bit to find on the favourite Flooring Porter who does look like he will take all the beating. My hope here is that the Cheltenham run took more out of him than it did our charge but I would not be overly surprised to see the Flooring Porter Syndicate celebrating another big race win come the end of this. At a bigger price for those who like the each way value, Molly Ollys Wishes could be a decent cheeky punt at around 25/1 against a very good looking trio who head the betting.
And last up before the National itself we have a Christian Williams runner in Cap Du Nord who led home the Williams 1-2 in the Coral Trophy at Kempton at the end of Feb, beating Kitty's Light who then chased home Win My Wings in the Scottish National last weekend (sealing another 1-2 for Williams!) Based on that form line alone, 7/1 here looks a big price for me and very solid each way value. There are however plenty of dangers in this race and Shan Blue heads the market on a very strong looking day for the Skeltons.
Off to Bangor next and unbelievably the champion jockey Brian Hughes doesn't have a ride in the national but I think he could well make up for this with a big day over on the Welsh coast. As it's pretty usual for the champ, he teams up with trainer Donald McCain for a few rides and the first of these is in the opener at 1.55pm with Taragrace. She found her last race a little bit too hot but drops back down to a C5 here having won at Doncaster and Carlisle so at 11/2 I will have a bit of that to get the McCain/Hughes train rolling.
The next of my picks here is in the 4.22pm for the deadly duo with Dedanser priced around at around 3/1. He does have a well fancied favourite to bear here with Tigerbythetail around even money at the top of the betting but I'm hoping with the champ onboard we can get a good run as on paper at least, our charge looks like this near 3m hurdle should suit him despite being slightly disappointing so far.
Closing us out at Bangor in the 4.52pm its the final leg of my Hughes/McCain treble and this is actually the current favourite in Spirit of Regulus. This is a NH Flat race for the juniors so we have no form to go off whatsoever for these but Hughes has the mount on our charge out of the 3 McCain runners here so I take that as a very positive booking to note.
On a day where all eyes will be on the National, it would be some feat if the Champion jockey can ride a nice priced acca somewhere else, I can see the headlines now!
Up next to Newcastle and just a couple here from me with Edmond Dates in the 1.37pm and Scottish Accent in the 2.15pm. The former looks like a winner in waiting having fell when in a strong position and then just getting touched off last time (finishing 2nd) so I think he can make amends for that and get back to winning ways here.
Scottish Accent is a horse I like although he has just the one win to his name in 18 runs and does need to find a bit here. I do like trainer Rebecca Menzies too and if he can put things right here, I think he can at least figure at the business end of this one
For the die hard flat lovers we also have action up at Thirsk but it looks like it could be a tricky day. One that does stand out a little is Deputy in the 1.30pm and there may be a bit more to come from him. 4/1 looks worth a cheeky punt if you love the flat runners for today
And rounding us off I am siding with the queen of the flat Hollie Doyle who is onboard Kig of Jungle in the 3.15pm. He is a pretty unexposed 3YO here and I am going to take him over an all weather fav of mine this winter in High Velocity. Our charge looks like he may have the speed as they take on this fast and furious 5f sprint and Hollie should get a good tune out of him here.
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