The Crabbies Grand National – Day 1 Preview

April 9, 2015

Crabbies Grand NationalIt seems Cheltenham was a long time ago now and here we are in to spring and another fabulous 3 days of jumping.


Each day we will put up our selections in each race and the best available price. Today the forecast ground is good to soft and from experience of years gone by this takes some getting. The reason is that it’s a flat track where they go quickly and at the end there isn’t much left in the tank. So our tips take that in to account.


1.40 – Vibrato Valtat – Paid for going with Un De Sceaux at a suicidal pace and for that reason will reverse the placings with Josses Hill today.

2 units e/w @ 9/4 with Boylesports


2.15 Hargam – much the best of these and will get stronger. Will enjoy a quick pace and will have plenty left at the end.

3 units win @ 4/5 with Bet 365


silviniaco conti2.50 Silviniaco Conti – My favourite jumping horse. I abandoned him at Cheltenham because that just doesn’t work for him. However no horse traveled or jumped better during the gold cup and he really is a joy to watch.

Today on a flat track and coming back a furlong he will show why he is so good. Get on – my nap

3 units e/w @ 3/1 with Bet 365



rock on ruby3.25 Rock on Ruby. I realise he is taking on champions but he too is a champion and this trip is his best. In my opinion he has looked almost as good as ever and his best will be too good for these. Campaigned with this in mind he will be razor sharp this afternoon.

2 units e/w @ 4/1 with Bet 365


4.05 Big Fellas Thanks – jumped and traveled really well in the Beecher Chase last year and just ran out of stamina. I think connections have had this race in mind for some time. Has had 42 days off and this could well be his swan song.

1 unit e/w @ 8/1 with Boylesports


4.40 Ted Veale – struggled to get a decent position at Cheltenham and was always chasing the race. His shrewd trainer will have him right today and I think he is very attractive at this price.

1 unit e/w @ 14/1 with Bet 365


5.15 Lac Fontana – I think this is a horse who is crying out for a longer trip. He also has a touch of class and may be a bit ahead of these over this longer trip.

1 unit e/w @ 16/1 with Bet 365