The streets in Aintree are still running orange with fake tan after Ladies Day yesterday, and Paddy Power is still licking his wounds after getting spectacularly cleaned out. My Tent Or Yours, Dynaste, Sprinter Sacre and At Fishers Cross all obliged on Friday leaving the traders in Power Tower running for cover. Paddy has been curled up in the fetal position listening to Coldplay in a dark room for the last 18 hours. It’s not pretty.
Whisper it quietly, but it could get even worse for the boss today. Punters pal and Cheltenham hero Ruby Walsh has four rides including On His Own in the Grand National.
- 1.45pm Dodging Bullets
- 2.50pm Celestial Halo
- 4.15pm On His Own
- 5.45pm Vago Collognes
If all of Ruby’s horses oblige it would pay out a staggering 4680/1 four-fold and that would mean no Christmas’ in Paddy Power’s house this year. Or any year until 2033. For the more realistic punter all four of Ruby’s mounts have place claims and for them all to be in the frame pays out roughly 46/1.
Here is the man himself giving you a run-down of his rides at Aintree this afternoon exclusively for the Paddy Power Blog.
1.45 Mersey Novice’s Hurdle
Dodging Bullets has got over that run in the Supreme Novice’s Hurdle at Cheltenham. Watching the replays, he never seemed to be going and he was struggling after jumping the first hurdle. He kind of got back in to the race but he was beaten at the top of the hill. He has to put that run well behind him. I’m very impressed by Donald McCain’s horse Up And Go. I was second to him at Ascot when I was on Aim of Prosper the last time out. I was very taken by his performance, the way he went about it and the ease with which he won. Up And Go is a horse we will hear an awful lot about and he will be hard to beat today.
2.50 The Liverpool Hurdle
If you’re not in the race you can’t win the race. There is no obvious reason why Celestial Halo can reverse the form with Solwhit but you never know. It was a great training performance to get Solwhit back to win a World Hurdle. Maybe travelling back to Ireland and then back to Aintree will have taken something off him but you’re looking for something, and grasping at straws. Halo has a good record here and he is on the comeback trail. He has only had two runs and Paul Nicholls thinks he might be fitter today. We’re hopeful more than confident.
4.15 The Grand National
Seabass has a great chance but I’m delighted to ride On His Own. He was travelling well at Bechers last year when he tipped up. He has been working really well and Willie Mullins has had this race as his target for the last 12 months. There is two ways of looking at the race because some people think course form is invaluable and others think first time is the way to catch a horse around there. It will depend how On His Own jumps early in the race, if he can hold his position and be in touch he should run a huge race. But the National is the National, anything can happen. There are plenty of horses you could fancy and lots of horses to make a case for. I’d love to win it myself, but if I don’t I’ll be shouting for Katie and after that I’ll be shouting for AP McCoy and Dad’s horse Colbert Station.
5.45 Champion Standard Open National Hunt Flat
The price on Vago Collonges is fair enough. He ran a nice race at Newbury but he is an individual who will be a better horse next year. This is his second run and he is obviously doing his best but it will be more for experience for next year when he goes hurdling. He is a good horse for the future but whether a four-year old can actually win this race is debateable. Tony Martin’s horse Quickpick Vic might be the one worth a few pennies.