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Can't Catch Me
05 Feb 16 16:47
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Has some nice bits of form and I think he looks a likely type for the race. Managed to get a bit on at 66/1 but 50/1 is widely available.

Absolutely hacked up in the Summer Cup over 3m2f at Uttoxeter and looked like he could have gone round again and still has a very nice mark of 146. Thought he ran a pretty good race behind Thistlecrack at Chelts recently staying on very steadily and a couple more spins over hurdles should put him spot on for this.
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Report onehundredandeighty February 7, 2016 8:14 AM GMT
Indeed he ran a cracker at Cheltenham, and goes back there on the weds of the fez
Report The Dragon March 4, 2016 3:24 PM GMT
im onWink
Report The Dragon March 16, 2016 4:44 PM GMT
didnt make an impression today maybe just prep run for aintree
Report sewter lives again March 16, 2016 7:33 PM GMT
I thought it was a great run today, and although not finishing as close, it was not dissimilar to Pineau
Report Can't Catch Me March 18, 2016 7:59 AM GMT
Totally agree sewter. Pretty much the perfect run in the context of the GN.
Report the bloob March 18, 2016 10:04 AM GMT
yes, inadequate trip over hurdles and ran ok, I've had my eye on this for a couple of weeks and definitely will be backing it
Report sewter lives again March 19, 2016 2:48 PM GMT
has anyone got any news on how he took the Cheltenham run and is Aintree still the plan?
Report charlieecho March 19, 2016 11:33 PM GMT
Been all over him since October. Delighted with Cheltenham run. Is it possible though for him to not get in? Number 55 on the current list. It is inconceivable to me that off a mark of 145 he'll struggle to be in the race but is it even possible?
Report Sultan March 20, 2016 12:29 PM GMT
I backed him at Cheltenham and think he was an unlucky loser. Was settled at back of field and the pace of the race meant that it was an impossible task to win from were he was. Ran amazingly well to finish 8th beaten only 4 1/4 lengths. Handicap mark over hurdles lower than chase mark. Hope he misses the national and runs in the 3 mile handicap hurdle at Aintree. Maximum bet if he does
Report Can't Catch Me March 21, 2016 4:51 PM GMT
Especially when you consider the form of the yard hasn't been great too. Most of hers ran poorly last week and The Romford Pele was easily the bets performance of her week.

Cant find any info sewter. Think someone on this form knows the owners though.
Report The Dragon March 21, 2016 7:39 PM GMT
my mate knows the owners apparently pissed off with jockey for leaving him too late to make a challenge. will check on the vibes for aintree and get back to you on this thread.

owner has ofalains boy apparently very pleased with gold cup run. also entered for gn
Report The Dragon March 21, 2016 7:40 PM GMT
m8 says rp will defo get in for aintree
Report Can't Catch Me March 21, 2016 8:43 PM GMT
Think he will definitely get in mate. But will he definitely run?!
Report The Dragon March 21, 2016 9:08 PM GMT
will ask and get back , hope so ive a few quid on it at nice prices
Report Can't Catch Me March 21, 2016 9:09 PM GMT
Thanks mate
Report charlieecho March 22, 2016 5:27 PM GMT
I'm hoping it does run.

This was the quote on January 6th:

"His aim this year will probably be the National. He is on a nice mark and will get in and he run his best races on good ground. He ran on soft ground at Cheltenham last time and hated the ground. He will probably have one more run and go for the National."

Fingers crossed.
Report Sultan March 23, 2016 10:54 AM GMT
Number 47 (could be 46 if winning ballot with other horse on same handicap mark)on list must still be doubt that enough will be withdrawn to get a run. Surely with prize money for National nobody would pass up the chance to run if any sort of chance of winning.
Report BAGGINS March 23, 2016 11:06 AM GMT
A lot to like about this one, ran on into 7th in the 3m 3f race at Chelt in Nov. That race has a good record of throwing up horses who run well in the national, Saint Are, Monbeg Dude, Alvarado to name a few. Also like the prep run over hurdles in the Coral Cup, Pineau de re did similar in 2014 but ran in the Pertemps (3rd). Meets most others stats so happy to be involved at 50's.
Report Can't Catch Me March 23, 2016 11:11 AM GMT
Same owners have O'Faolains Boy so could take him out to secure a run Sultan...  6 more required. Looking at the list, Im still confident he will get in.
Report Can't Catch Me March 23, 2016 11:13 AM GMT
There are several above him on the list with entries in the Irish National and would be surprised if a few don't favour that option, especially those who prefer soft ground.
Report TYSON 2 March 23, 2016 5:55 PM GMT
plus o'faolains boy could go for the bowl.
Report the bloob March 23, 2016 10:19 PM GMT
I've absolutely no doubt at all that the horse will get in, I think the cut will come with those on 10st 1lb, got a great chance and 50/1 is daft
Report boy wonder 07 March 24, 2016 2:03 PM GMT
I agree have taken 50/1 ew 5 places nr no bet
Report sewter lives again March 24, 2016 2:29 PM GMT
the Summer Cup stroll off 139 and the running on 7th (carrying 11-07) off 148 in the 3.5 miler at Cheltenham are very good runs.

the recent Cheltenham run over hurdles shows that the horse is well

I think this horse has a real good chance, especially given good ground.

Hopefully he will get in
Report kavvie March 24, 2016 6:30 PM GMT
historically at this time of year horses from 52 down are  sure of a run..its ok saying the top 40 are at this stage all certain or intended runners but a lot are ground dependent etc and will be taken out . and  as we all know horses are v fragile and at least 4/5 will be taken out due to guess at this stage is that the 52nd horse at least  will get in..
Report dunlaying March 24, 2016 8:51 PM GMT
Someone has assured me that due to the number left in the bottom horse  would be numbered 52,53 or 54 of those still possible today. That agrees with kavvie.
Report Can't Catch Me March 24, 2016 9:20 PM GMT
He was number 59 on the original list.

68 on the list is the highest up there not to get in in the last 15 years.

It would be a huge surprise if he doesn't get in, based on recent history.
Report charlieecho March 25, 2016 9:28 AM GMT
Fingers crossed that he is secure in the field.
Report Can't Catch Me March 28, 2016 9:04 AM BST
Living Next Door running in the Irish National today. One more down.
Report The Dragon March 29, 2016 7:43 PM BST
spoke to  myconnection today who said was with them at the weekend and confirmed  will definatley run and pretty sure will get in. last run was  let down by the jockey who left it too late but other than that all happy and looking forward to it apparently
Report The Dragon March 29, 2016 7:48 PM BST
sorry should have added they also have ofalains boy, who they said ran well at cheltenham but deliberately slowed him down when they knew he would not place. not sure what they may go for at Aintree but RP is the preferred GN horse
Report stevo1 March 29, 2016 9:49 PM BST
Deliberately slowed down ffs!
Report Can't Catch Me March 30, 2016 10:59 AM BST
Cheers for posting Dragon.
Report The Dragon March 30, 2016 8:28 PM BST
no probs ccm will post any more info if i get anyWink
Report Steamship April 1, 2016 9:59 PM BST
I wonder if Trevor Whelan will ride him? I've been talking up Whelan for a couple of years now and with him recently teaming up with Curtis and riding a few winners for her he could be in line for the ride.
Report Satrus_Froot April 1, 2016 11:26 PM BST
Curtis' horses starting to come bang into form at the right time. 2 winners today and 3 yesterday. Encouraging for you Pele fans.
Report the bloob April 2, 2016 9:42 AM BST
yes it's a huge positive, they have been in rotten form most of the season, I think 50/1 is a crazy price and I can't stop topping-up
Report The Dragon April 2, 2016 10:22 AM BST
yes same here Cool
Report boy wonder 07 April 2, 2016 10:50 AM BST
and me
Report Can't Catch Me April 3, 2016 9:42 AM BST
And me!!
Report The Dragon April 3, 2016 10:47 AM BST
forum plunge chaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Report sewter lives again April 3, 2016 2:43 PM BST
Im on at great prices too, still cant believe it is 50s, but praying for a dry week-good ground please!!!!!
Report Sultan April 3, 2016 4:33 PM BST
Still not certain to get in .I think he could well be either last one in or first to miss out.
Report Charlton2005 April 3, 2016 6:55 PM BST
One of my top 3

gl all
Report the bloob April 3, 2016 8:28 PM BST
I would be amazed if he doesn't get in, I also like Cause of Causes and I would say his chances are about 50:50 or 60:40 against. I'm sure the cut will come at 10st 1 or 10st 2

don't forget that there are 2 more declaration stages, tomorrow and Friday. I'm guessing we will know a lot more tomorrow lunchtime

let's hope this thread is just one big love-in come 5.30 on Saturday!
Report Can't Catch Me April 4, 2016 1:42 PM BST
He's in Love

Last horse guaranteed a run at this stage.
Report Sultan April 4, 2016 1:47 PM BST
Annoying that he has made cut in National as he would have been banker bet in 3 mile handicap hurdle after his unlucky race at Cheltenham..
Report Can't Catch Me April 4, 2016 1:51 PM BST
Why so dismissive of his chances in the big one Sultan? And I think its a bit daft to say its 'annoying' he got into a race of this importance. He's got a great chance and connections must be delighted.
Report Sultan April 4, 2016 2:32 PM BST
I had serious bet at Cheltenham and thought he was unlucky. Better handicapped over hurdles and thought the 3 mile handicap hurdle at Aintree was well within his compass. Have had bit on for National because obviously well and has outside chance. Much prefer Saint Are for National .Connections obviously want crack at million pound race. Basically think he is a well handicapped hurdler and fairly handicapped chaser and think to win National bit more required.
Report Sankara April 4, 2016 3:21 PM BST
Needs it to dry out, this one. Great chance if it does.
Report The_LUFCwaffe April 4, 2016 3:58 PM BST
Why does the ground need to dry out for this horse?

He was beaten 14length by Thistlecrack on heavy back in January. Against any other horse that would sound poor, but would Many Clouds have got any closer under the same weight conditions? I doubt it....well not much closer.

TRP has staying influences which indicate he should see the trip out, so strike will the iron is hot.

I'm assuming the entries for the handicaps on Saturday were back ups in case he still needed a few to come out on Thursday?

Obituaries of winning Grand National owners are published in the national press.....winning the Gaskells Handicap (Grade 3) doesn't carry the same kudos.
Report Can't Catch Me April 4, 2016 4:10 PM BST
Exactly lufc. He will have countless 3m Handicap Hurdles to choose from next season... there is only one Grand National and everything is teed up for him to have his best possible chance this year.

I think he is versatile with regards to the ground... probably does prefer better ground if you had the choice, but its certainly not going to be a bog and anything like soft or a bit better will be fine for him imo.
Report dunlaying April 4, 2016 4:16 PM BST
He needs to jump.
Report sewter lives again April 4, 2016 4:20 PM BST

Turftrax have the meter stick reading as 5.8 yesterday. It was 5.7 last Thursday so marginally better ground now.

However, the going has "changed" from good to soft, soft in places last week to soft, good to soft in places today!!

Bizarrely, if you look at the Aintree Turftrax map the National course appears to be largely good to soft with some good ground and some soft ground.

Make of that what you will
Report The_LUFCwaffe April 4, 2016 4:24 PM BST
Yes, he needs to jump. And I'm sure he'll take to the Aintree fences alright...I even say he's likely to prefer them (so long as the jockey doesn't push him) as he can get into a better than at Cheltenham.

Cue Card didn't win the Gold Cup....he fell and he's a class horse
Don Cossack didn't win the King George...he fell and he's a class horse

All horses need to be able to jump clean.
Report Can't Catch Me April 4, 2016 4:25 PM BST
Sewter, I looked at turftrax earlier, and couldnt make any sense of it! Hardly any yellow at all so hard to see how soft is really appearing in the description! No yellow whatsoever on the Mildmay course and as much good as good to soft. Its very hard to see there being much soft in the description if you look at that combined with the forecast.

I think Good to Soft (soft in places) is the most likely.
Report Can't Catch Me April 4, 2016 4:26 PM BST
Agree dunlaying. Jumping my biggest worry with him.. he does tend to get low at a few.
Report sewter lives again April 4, 2016 4:43 PM BST
Pineau de re whacked a couple 2 years ago.

TRP ran just as good a race as Pineau did at Cheltenham the run before the National.
Report Can't Catch Me April 4, 2016 4:47 PM BST
Not sure he ran just as good a race as Pineau mate. He only got beaten about a head and in another stride or two, would have won!
Report sewter lives again April 4, 2016 5:23 PM BST
imo TRP didnt get the best of rides at Cheltenham finishing well from off the pace
Report Steamship April 5, 2016 10:46 PM BST
Trevor Whelan rides him. I'm going for one of my biggest wins on this horse now.
Report ONSLOW1974 April 7, 2016 4:07 PM BST
Tipped up by Ben Lightfoot.
If your not on yet take the 50s quickish.
Report the bloob April 7, 2016 7:55 PM BST
hard to believe it got in by 1!!! thank the good lord for that, I can't get over how close it was, this race is changing every year, bottom weight is rated 6lb higher than last year. Even 5 years ago Romford would have been in the top half of the card and carrying over 11st
Report ThirdTimeLucky April 9, 2016 12:33 PM BST
Alas Brian Hughes now up top..Plain
Report ImSoLuckyLucky! April 9, 2016 12:59 PM BST
Report Dan Chipowski April 9, 2016 1:07 PM BST
Well it'd make a 'story' if it goes and wins, given Whelan's been jocked off.

Poor form from connections though.
Report The Dragon April 9, 2016 1:12 PM BST
connections not impressed with jockey at cheltenham
Report Dan Chipowski April 9, 2016 1:15 PM BST
That was Leighton Aspell.
Report Steamship April 9, 2016 1:20 PM BST
Gutted about Whelan losing the ride, trying to console myself with the fact that at least Hughes is a Malton based jockey.
Report Charlton2005 April 9, 2016 2:15 PM BST
jesus if this isnt the story of the day now
Report ImSoLuckyLucky! April 9, 2016 2:24 PM BST
Back on board-WHELAN

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