Not a bad day on the blog again yesterday, not spectacular but almost. We had 2 winners again but the frustration came with 3 seconds! We’re not in bad shape going in to day 3 of Aintree so here are the final set of free grand national tips! Remember, you can try Bodugi for free today for a chance to win £500 www.bodugi.com/thesun or you can enter the best way to play the grand national now, FOR FREE for a chance to win a share of £2,000! www.bodugi.com/national
Nicky Henderson dominated yesterday’s novice hurdle yesterday sending out a 1-2 and something dramatic will need to happen for him not to pick up the first race again today with Simonsig. He was so impressive at Cheltenham and even more impressive when you go back and watch it again. He was head and shoulders above the field that day and will be again. Remember with Bodugi though, you can get more points for a placed horse than a winner, so although Simonsig will win, I’ll be putting Super Duty in my Bodugi selections.
Once again, Nicky Henderson’s Spinter Sacre is just head and shoulders above the rest here. He should pop round nicely to pick up this Grade 1 but take care with your Bodugi selections as you still get points for the first 3 here!
Last year Barry Geraghty won the first 3 races and once again, he should take the first 2 but may come unstuck when trying to land the third with Oskar Whisky as he may be done for speed by champion hurdler Rock On Ruby. He raced over 2m 4f as a novice so stamina is no problem here, he’s straight forward as he was always towards the front at Cheltenham and his improvement has just been staggering this season. The main danger is Zarkandar who was flying at the end at Cheltenham but I’m just concerned he’ll be too far back turning for home.
Rock On Ruby
A really nice handicap to hopefully get some cash in the bag before the big one! The market has it pretty much right with Chapoturgeon and Marufo at the front but there’s certainly more value with Marufo. Phillip Hobbs’ horses have been running really well this week and Marufo just doesn’t seem to know how to run a bad race. He’s such a trier as he showed last time at Newbury and again he’s got his favoured good ground. Chapoturgeon is by far his biggest danger and if it was a litter softer he would probably get the nod, but conditions just slightly against him and off the back of a hard race at Cheltenham, he may find just beyond him to give Marufo 11lb.
The big one, the world’s most famous race and lets see if we can find the grand national winner! It’s all about stamina and Synchronised and Ballabriggs have it in abundance but 11-10 and 11-9 is just too much weight to carry. The three I like are Chicago Grey, loves good ground, has won at 4m at Cheltenham and Gordon Elliot has won this before with Silver Birch; On His Own, Ruby Walsh on top, still improving and comes here fresh and lastly Sunnyhillboy that went in for the blog at Cheltenham, the step up in trip again will suit and his jockey Richie McLernon will creep in to the race and deliver him with perfect timing.
Chicago Grey, On His Own, Sunnyhillboy
If we’re behind here, then we could be struggling, another 22 horses to consider! Paintball has always been held in high regard by his trainer Charlie Longsdon and he really came in to his own when romping away with the Imperial Cup. He’s gone up 11lb in the handicap but the way he won suggests he should still have more to come. He beat a seriously competitive field last time and if he can beat the well treated Constant Contact he should claim his second big prize of the year.
Lets hope we have this bumper winner as well with Eleven Fifty Nine doing the job yesterday! John Ferguson’s horses have been running well all season and continue to do so. Population is 2-2, both wins coming at Ascot and it looks like he’s been put away for this having sidestepped Cheltenham. McCoy is a cracking booking and with the ground drying out all the time, this son of Noverre will be very hard to beat.
Good luck, Bodugi Mike