Monday, March 26, 2007

Looking for a National bet...

My British Horseracing Board fixture list informs me that the Grand National, the world's most famous race, is watched by over 600 million people worldwide. The trouble is, following the sad demise of Nil Desperandum at Uttoxeter, I have been struggling to find something which makes much appeal from a betting perspective and there's now less than three weeks to go.

That changed on Saturday when Peter Bowen's Mckelvey ran a good trial, winning a three mile handicap hurdle at Bangor. This horse had previously finished a creditable sixth in the Becher Chase over the National fences in November. Stamina would appear his strong suit as he has also won the English Summer National at Uttoxeter over an extended four mile trip.

The 40/1 currently available on Stan James' ante post list looks tempting, although he'll need a few higher in the handicap to drop out to be guaranteed a run.

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