Friday, April 09, 2010

Aintree 2010 - Grand National

For those who like to make their own selections, my Twitter Guide to the National may be of some interest. For everyone else, here's how I see this year's race...

1. Snowy Morning: Third in 2008 and ninth last year; had a good preparation

2. Comply Or Die: Won in 2008 and second last year; Timmy Murphy's chosen ride

3. Mon Mome: Last year's winner is on a seven pound higher mark; trained specifically for the race

4. Big Fella Thanks: Every chance after finishing sixth last year; Ruby Walsh's chosen ride but no value in the market

5. Maljimar: Interesting outsider trained for the race

6. Cloudy Lane: Overpriced at around 50/1; ran out of petrol two from home in 2008 and there's just a suspicion he won't quite last home.

Two of the reserves will be of interest at a big price should they get a run - Cerium finished fifth last year while Howard Johnson was keen earlier in the week on Royal Rosa.

Good luck everyone!


Sandracer said...

So who are you on old boy?

GeeDee said...


Took a chance with Cerium at 66/1 - completed the course to finish 11th but a distance behind the principals.

No plans to give up the day job ;)

GeeDee said...

The 163rd Grand National will henceforth be known quite simply as 'McCoy's National' and rightly so. The champion jockey rode Don't Push It (10/1 jf) to victory and in the process hit the bookmaking industry for roughly £10 million.

I'll write a de-brief in due course but here's how the selections fared...

Snowy Morning (14/1) - sixth. Never able to get to the leaders

Comply Or Die (12/1) - twelfth. Lost place after Foinavon on second circuit

Mon Mome (14/1) - terrible looking fall at the 26th fence when down the field in ninth

Big Fella Thanks (10/1 jf) - fourth. Every chance two out but ran out of petrol up the long run-in

Maljimar (33/1) - running a big race when coming to grief at Becher's on the second circuit

Cloudy Lane (25/1) - eighth. Never able to lie up with leaders

Cerium (50/1) - eleventh. Hampered at the 20th fence and struggling thereafter

Royal Rosa - unseated rider 14th.

Sandracer said...

I was on the Joe Lively. A bit high in the weights, but I was on a 33/1 shot with a 100/1 ticket.

Never got into the race. Finished about 8th or so.

No cigar.

GeeDee said...

Good price, Sandracer! Agree, weighted to his best and, like many, would have preferred a bit more cut to slow the speedsters down. My readng of the race was that, with Conna Castle and Black Apalcahi going lickety-split from the off, and with the ground drying out, several runners struggled and failed to get competitive.