Friday, January 08, 2016

Welsh Grand National 2016

It could be touch-and-go whether tomorrow's card at Chepstow gets the all-clear.

The time of the Welsh National has been rescheduled to 1.45 so the race can be run on the best possible ground.

There are two former winners in the field - last year Emperor's Choice claimed the spoils off a mark of 131 but goes off 141 here.

Mountainous appears to have been given every chance starting off the same mark he won off in 2013. Kerry Lee's gelding ran an eye-catching trial last time when finishing fourth beaten seven lengths in the London National at Sandown.

I've scanned the declarations for a horse carrying less than 11-0 that will will handle heavy ground and stay the trip - Bob Ford fits the bill and his style of racing is suited to this course.

Granted, he has been pulled up a number of times but I'm hoping he can repeat his performance in the West Wales National last January...

Generally available at 16/1 Bob Ford is the each-way selection; most layers offer a quarter the odds four places.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

A brave effort from Bob Ford (10/1) in a race run in desperate conditions.

The selection was prominent for much of the trip and lead a break-away group of six as they turned for home. He was probably coming to the end of his tether as he was passed just before the fourth from home where he took a nasty-looking fall.

At the grand old age of 11 Mountainous (9/1) scooted up the home straight to collect his second win in this race in three years with just six of the original twenty starters completing.