Sean Goff | Horseracing
The last time an Aintree Grand National winner followed-up in the 4m Scottish National the Godfather II was in post-production, Leonardo Di Caprio hadn’t been born and a pint would set you back 20 pence.
It was 1974 and men in ridiculously flared trousers cheered on the little-known Red Rum who had won the first of his three English National crowns before scooting up at Ayr.
This year’s Liverpool winner Auroras Encore bids for a famous double for Sue Smith and the weight of history – and an 11lb penalty he got for his Aintree romp – hasn’t stopped punters piling in at a tasty 14/1 this morning.
Another 23 rivals won’t make his task any easier but Paddy’s decided to level the playing field by paying 1/4 the odds the first 5 home as part of the Extra Place special on a selected race every Ch4 race-day in April and May.
In what could be a very shrewd piece of race-planning – or just a coincidence – stable-mate Fill The Power gets in on a low weight (10-8) for the same trainer. The Racing Post’s Pricewise supporters have knocked this one into 16/1 from 20s while Big Occasion, Rival D’estruval and Monsieur Cadou are all primed to give Paddy a caning in one of the last big jumps races of the season.
The improving Educate – on a four-timer after winning at Doncaster, Lincoln second Global Village and Roger Charlton’s Border Legend are all being backed for the 25-runner Newbury Spring Cup (2.20) over a mile.
And if you can’t quite make up your mind who to back Paddy Power is here to banish your indecisiveness and make you the king of picking winners with his new Combined Horses product feature on PaddyPower.com (desktop only).
Thanks to the tech wizards in Power Tower you can now combine your selections to form a kind of super gee-gee. Simply pick up to three horses in any race and Paddy will give you a single price if ANY of them win the race.