- The going is soft at Aintree
- Nina well Organised for victory
- McCoy goes for gold with Synchronised
- Boom period for Geraghty
- GRAND NATIONAL BETTING
The big Grand National news emerging from the Easter weekend stemmed from the weather. Heavy-ish rain on Sunday night and Monday has played havoc with many people’s betting portfolio and fake tan arrangements. For the first time since the heavy ground of Red Marauder’s win in the 2001 National, it looks like the Aintree showpiece will be a mudbath.
As a result, punters are turning their attention to the horses who like the soft conditions underfoot, which means support for Synchronised, West End Rocker, Cappa Belu and a comparative collapse in support for defending champ Ballabriggs and previously well-fancied Chicago Grey. Racing Post
A woman has never ridden the winner of the Grand National or been invited back to Ricky Martin’s dressing room after a gig and Nina Carberry is hoping to change at least one of those stats this Saturday. Guess which one.
Nina has put in some good efforts at winning the Grand National in the past, but her ride on Organisedconfusion is one of her best chances to claim Aintree glory. She guided the horse to vixcory in last year’s Irish Grand National for her uncle, Arthur Moore and that kind of form has been a decent indicator of Grand National success in the past.
“He’ll stay sound and he’ll be there in the line-up. He’ll have a chance,” was Nina’s assessment of her mount’s chances in the world’s most famous jumps race. BHA
The worst kept secret and indeed, just plain worst secret in racing has been let out of the bag with the news that AP McCoy will ride the aforementioned Gold Cup winner, Synchronised in the Grand National. There had been doubts about the Cheltenham winner’s participation in the Grand National, but now that he’s a confirmed runner, McCoy has confirmed he’ll be in the saddle.
Synchronised is bidding to become the first horse since the brilliant Golden Miller to win the Gold Cup and the National in the same season and the 16 times champion jockey thinks he’s got a chance which is nice considering he’s likely to go off as favourite.
“He’s a classy horse and he’s won a Welsh National and a Midlands National, so he stays well and if he does take his chance hopefully he’ll give a good account,” said McCoy in the quote I’ve based this entire snippet on. Setanta
Barry Geraghty won pretty much everything at the Cheltenham Festival, but he’s not satisfied with that and reckons he can claim Grand National glory on board the brilliantly named Shakalakaboomboom.
“He’s handled slower ground before,” explained the Meath man before building a case that sounds pretty convincing. “He jumped well in the Topham Chase, he just needed further really.He’s been progressing throughout the season and I think he’s got a big shout.” Sporting Life
And just because that horse’s name reminded me of the name of a Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff song, here’s Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff with easily their biggest hit: