Friday, April 02, 2010

A Twitter Guide to the 2010 Grand National entries

Need help making your Grand National selections? My Twitter Guide to the top 50 entries in this year's National, compiled using Twitter's 140 character limit for each entry, may prove of some limited use. For those who simply can't be bothered with such nonsense, Nick Mordin narrows the field to four in the Weekender - Arbor Supreme, Character Building, Chelsea Harbour (non-runner now) and Mr Pointment.

Note that at the time of writing final declarations are not known and most bookmakers have yet to offer the 'non-runner, money back' concession. According to Oddschecker today the following layers offer each way terms a quarter the odds five places: bet365, Boylesports, Victor Chandler and Paddy Power.

MADISON DU BERLAIS totesport Bowl winner out of sorts this term; connections tempted by low weight in Scottish National if Denman runs
NOTRE PERE Disappointing this season - recently trainer reports problem found & rectified
MON MOME No fancy prices about last year's 100/1 winner following an ideal prep; carries 7lbs more this time
BLACK APALACHI Becher Chase winner unfortunate to unseat at Becher's last year when travelling well
JOE LIVELY Taken time to come to himself this term; likes to race prominently
VIC VENTURI Won the Becher in November; prefers cut and looks likely to get it
COMPLY OR DIE Won this in 2008 and second last year - will Timmy Murphy ride?
DON'T PUSH IT Owned by J P McManus - looks likely McCoy will prefer another
MADE IN TAIPAN Irish challenger needs cut but not certain to stay
NICHE MARKET Irish National winner, third behind Denman in the Hennessy, every chance

TRICKY TRICKSTER Won 4 miler at last year's Cheltenham Festival but distant ninth in Gold Cup left Ruby Walsh disappointed
CLOUDY LANE Best chance in 2008 when sixth; unseated last year under top weight. 50/1 looks big
DREAM ALLIANCE Followed Welsh National win with poor display of jumping at Haydock. Talented but inconsistent since return from injury
NOZIC Out of sorts lately; owned by Coral Racing Ltd
MY WILL Third last year but Walsh prefers Big Fella Thanks
PABLO DU CHARMIL Done most of his racing around two / two and a half miles
BACKSTAGE Trained in Ireland by stable that sent out Silver Birch to win in 2007; wants decent ground
BALLYHOLLAND Galway Plate winner had this as target all season; never won beyond two and three quarter miles
BEAT THE BOYS Two ways of running - pulled up behind Chief Dan George at Festival
PREISTS LEAP In with every chance two out last year; recent run in Cross Country Chase not encouraging
CAN'T BUY TIME Fell at 18th last year. McCoy's choice
SNOWY MORNING Third in 2008, ninth in 2009 and racing weight this year
AIR FORCE ONE Probably goes to Ayr
BIG FELLA THANKS Owned by Findlay & Barber, sixth last year, Ruby's mount, current favourite but no value
DEUTSCHLAND Warmed-up in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham; never won beyond 17 furlongs
CHARACTER BUILDING Second in the 2007 NH Chase at Cheltenham and Kim Muir winner in 2009; this has been the target
CHELSEA HARBOUR Met with setback and misses race
DOONEYS GATE Likes plenty of cut
STATE OF PLAY Fourth last year, best fresh, has a Hennessy and Charlie Hall on his CV - prefers the better ground
ELLERSLIE GEORGE Won the Badger Ales at Wincanton in November beating The Pacakge. Often races with the pace - may not stay
BALLYFITZ Talented individual who would have every chance if he could improve jumping - unlikely
CONNA CASTLE Jimmy Mangan trains (sent out Monty's Pass in 2003). Not won for two years and unseated rider last time
EQUUS MAXIMUS Out of sorts this season
ERIC'S CHARM Sandown specialist comes here in good heart but age catching up with him now
KING JOHNS CASTLE Second in 2008 but hasn't shown much since
OLLIE MAGERN Grand old servant whose best days are probably behind him; needs good quick ground
ARBOR SUPREME Needs decent ground, not certain to get it; apparently rejected by McCoy
LENNON Done most of his racing over two miles - will he stay?
MALJIMAR Best fresh. Third in Cross Country at Cheltenham in December, aimed at this, interesting outsider
IRISH RAPTOR Topham Chase winner with a racing weight
MR POINTMENT Tailed off in the Gold Cup three weeks ago
PIRAYA Weakened behind Razor Royale in the Racing Post chase; lacks expereince, unproven over three miles
RAZOR ROYALE Out on his feet to repel Nacarat in the Racing Post Chase (3 miles); tailed off at the Festival
THE PACKAGE Looked unlucky behind Chief Dan George at Cheltenham. One for the shortlist but has quirks; will Murphy ride?
HELLO BUD Scottish National winner in very good nick for his age; prefers good ground. Trainer's son rides.
PALYPSO DE CREEK Beaten ten lengths or so by Vic Venturi in the Becher; ran second in the Peter Marsh at Haydock; there are worse 50/1 shots
ABBEYBRANEY Owned by Andrea & Graham Wylie; pulled up after mistake in Poker De Sivola's race at the Festival
CERIUM Incredible fifth at 100/1 last year; worth another look at a big price
FLINTOFF Part-owned by Freddie; third in a Scottish National, second in a Midlands National, holds entry in Irish National Easter Monday
ROYAL ROSA In same ownership as Abbeybraney; more miles on the clock and not won since 2006

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