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Double Seven 33-1

Double Seven has won five races this season, the highlight of which was the 48k Munster National. Trained by former Aintree Grand national winning trainer, Martin Brassil and owned by JP McManus he certainly has the right connections for a Grand National. Brassil has stated that this horse could well head to the NH Chase at Cheltenham and then on to a National at either Aintree of Fairyhouse. Double Seven has winning form on ground ranging from good to firm to soft but it appears that sound underfoot conditions probably suit him best. He has yet to race over a distance further than three miles but his dam is closely related to disqualified Whitbread Gold Cup winner Cahervillahow.
Horse Age: 8
Trainer: Martin Brassil
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Pisces
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Green
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Report Deltâ March 27, 2014 8:54 PM GMT
Burton Port
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Burton Port was very near the top of the steeplechasing tree up until 2012 when a hind leg tendon injury then kept him off the track until October of this season. Originally trained by Nicky Henderson, Burton Port won a Reynoldstown Chase, finished second in an RSA and then won at the Aintree festival as a novice. In his second season over fences he finished second in a Hennessy and fourth in the Gold Cup behind Synchronicity. Burton Port's owner, Trevor Hemmings, decided on a switch to Jonjo O'Neill's for the 2013/14 season but the horse has been disappointing in his runs for his new yard. It has since come to light that the horse has had a wind operation and connections are obviously hoping that will bring about a change in his fortunes. With regards to the Grand National, former trainer Nicky Henderson had voiced some reservations about Burton Port being suited to the National fences as he is apparently quite small for a top class chaser. The handicapper has given Burton Port a serious chance in the National, rating him some fifteen pounds lower than the mark off which he finished second in the Hennessy and this has sparked a run of ante post bets on the horse for Aintree.

Horse Age: 10
Trainer: Jonjo ONeill
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aries
Horse Trained at: England - South West
Jockey Silks Colour: Yellow
Report guernseyw March 27, 2014 8:57 PM GMT
Across The Bay
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Across The Bay has managed three wins over fences but the highest value of those three races was only £10k.This is quite unusual for a horse that finds himself on a mark of 148 and his lofty position in the Grand National weights is due, at least in some part, to his exploits over hurdles which have been of a higher profile. Donald McCain has charge of the gelding now but Across The Bay started his career over fences with Noel Meade in Ireland where he seemed inconsistent. The move to England and the McCain’s seems to have improved him and the highlight of his time in the UK so far have been a comprehensive defeat of Grand National fancy Cappa Bleu over fences and, more recently, a Grade Two win in a three mile hurdle. Across The Bay ran in the National in 2013 and was up with the pace for a long way before weakening. He does look as though he will have to improve again significantly to be able to take a hand in the finish of the Grand National in 2014 but that is not impossible.
Horse Age: 10
Trainer: Donald McCain
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aries
Horse Trained at: England - North West
Jockey Silks Colour: Blue
Report Ken O'sback March 27, 2014 9:03 PM GMT
Buckers Bridge
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Horse Age: 8
Trainer: Henry De Bromhead
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Pisces
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Green
Report Monte Christo March 27, 2014 11:08 PM GMT
Double Seven

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Double Seven has won five races this season, the highlight of which was the 48k Munster National. Trained by former Aintree Grand national winning trainer, Martin Brassil and owned by JP McManus he certainly has the right connections for a Grand National. Brassil has stated that this horse could well head to the NH Chase at Cheltenham and then on to a National at either Aintree of Fairyhouse. Double Seven has winning form on ground ranging from good to firm to soft but it appears that sound underfoot conditions probably suit him best. He has yet to race over a distance further than three miles but his dam is closely related to disqualified Whitbread Gold Cup winner Cahervillahow.

Horse Age: 8
Trainer: Martin Brassil
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Pisces
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Green

Have to back it now.Laugh
Report peter gaffney March 27, 2014 11:57 PM GMT
Bog Warrior      50/1 Crazy

Injuries and jumping problems have left a big question mark against Bog Warrior and he failed to give his Grand National chances a boost when fourth of five on a recent start over fences at Down Royal. Hard to see him taking part let alone being competitive.

Horse Age: 10
Trainer: Tony Martin
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Taurus
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Red
Report Money Tree cost me thousands!! March 28, 2014 1:20 AM GMT
Bog warrior here.

Piling on
Report Fabulous March 28, 2014 2:03 AM GMT
Katenko Plain

Already spuunked a few quid on it this season, might as well waste a few more Laugh
Report raspberrybottom March 28, 2014 7:04 AM GMT
Prince De Beauchene 16/1

Prince De Beauchene has been an infrequent visitor to the racecourse in the last two seasons but on both occasions he had been made ante post favourite for the Grand National only to be ruled out with injury. In 2011 and 2012 he was ruled out with a stress fracture in the hip area and whilst the Willie Mullins trained gelding is undoubtedly talented, ante post punters must now be extremely wary of backing this horse.

Horse Age: 11
Trainer: Willie Mullins
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aries


Helluva write-up. Grin
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Brown
Report collywobble March 28, 2014 8:20 AM GMT
Quixall Crossett  4/1

This 37 yr old champion has been brought out of retirement for one more crack at glory.
Now with Peter Poston, Quixall has been brought back to his brilliant best and is considered a certainty by his shrewd trainer.

Lump on!
Report metro john March 28, 2014 8:21 AM GMT
Mountainous
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Mountainous was the gutsy winner of the Welsh National this season but all his wins have come on soft or heavy ground so it must be unlikely he will line up in the Grand National at Aintree unless we have lots more rain.
Horse Age: 9
Trainer: Richard Lee
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Gemini
Horse Trained at: England - Midlands
Jockey Silks Colour: White

no chance in my bookLove
Report TheGoddess March 28, 2014 9:16 AM GMT
Prince De Beauchene
   
Prince De Beauchene has been an infrequent visitor to the racecourse in the last two seasons but on both occasions he had been made ante post favourite for the Grand National only to be ruled out with injury. In 2011 and 2012 he was ruled out with a stress fracture in the hip area and whilst the Willie Mullins trained gelding is undoubtedly talented, ante post punters must now be extremely wary of backing this horse.
Horse Age: 11
Trainer: Willie Mullins
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aries
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Brown

Already on at 33/1

Happy
Report hollyday March 28, 2014 10:03 AM GMT
Mr Moonshine    

Mr Moonshine has run some good races over fences for Sue Smith, most notably recently when finishing second to Cape Tribulation in the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby over Xmas. The handicapper reacted very severely to a couple of wins Mr Moonshine had in his novice chase days and the horse went seventeen races after that without winning. Sue Smith's gelding got back to a winning level this season and has take a couple of decent handicaps at around two and a half miles. Mr Moonshine has never contested a race over further than twenty-six furlongs and whilst he gives the impression he might stay that sort of distance he is a full brother to Nigel Twiston-Davies' hurdler Double Ross who seems best at around two and half miles. One to keep an eye on but probably not good enough for this test.

Horse Age: 10
Trainer: Sue Smith
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Gemini
Horse Trained at: England - North East
Jockey Silks Colour: Purple

as good away as any of finding a national winner GL ALL
Report BJG March 28, 2014 10:31 AM GMT
Monbeg Dude

Monbeg Dude has won three big handicaps since November 2012 including, most notably, the Welsh National at Chepstow. During that period Monbeg Dude's official rating has shot up twenty-five pounds with no obvious signs that he has yet to reach his peak. Even when winning the Welsh National his jumping was always his achilles heel but in his last win at Cheltenham there was a notable improvement in his jumping technique. Trainer Michael Scudamore had sent Monbeg Dude for some intensive jumping practice with Zara Phillips and the training appears to have paid off. Monbeg Dude's jumping was much more assured at Cheltenham and gives hope to those who have supported him for Aintree. The nine-year-old son of Witness Box looked an unlikely Aintree prospect last season but with his improved jumping and the changes to the Aintree fences he has become one of the leading candidates for the 2014 Grand National.
Horse Age: 9
Trainer: Michael Scudamore
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aries
Horse Trained at: England - Midlands
Jockey Silks Colour: Red
Report unclepuncle March 28, 2014 10:57 AM GMT
SOLL - 40/1

Soll ran really well for such a young horse to finish seventh in the 2013 Grand National and there must be a good chance he could improve still further with another year’s racing experience. It could be possible that the ground at Aintree was not to Soll’s liking as his best races so far have come on very soft going. Soll hasn't really enhanced his Grand National claims with his performances in the 13/14 season. The Jo Hughes trained gelding has hasn't come close to winning in four outings and anyone supporting him for Aintree will be hoping the National fences again brings out the best in this horse.

Horse Age: 9
Trainer: Jo Hughes
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Taurus
Horse Trained at: England - South East
Jockey Silks Colour: Blue
Report Huggy March 28, 2014 11:01 AM GMT
Same Difference

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Same Difference had an excellent end to the 2012/13 season when winning the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival and then finishing runner-up to Quentin Collonges in the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown. These efforts inevitably meant he had to cope with a major hike up the ratings for this season and on his first three runs of 2013/14 he appeared to be struggling, finishing well beaten or pulled up. These less promising efforts meant the handicapper began to relent and he was back to a workable mark for his latest outing when defending his title in this year's Kim Muir. Same Difference finished in a creditable fifth place that day but that does not tell the whole story. His performance in the Kim Muir was littered with jumping errors yet he stayed on in an eye-catching fashion to nearly claim a place. Nigel Twiston-Davies obviously knows what is required to win a National and if this horse can hold his jumping together he must have a decent chance of being involved at the finish.

Horse Age: 8
Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aries
Horse Trained at: England - South West
Jockey Silks Colour: Red
Report Virgin March 28, 2014 11:47 AM GMT
^ previous winner Huggy Cool returns to the Lucky Dip ..gl
Report Virgin March 29, 2014 12:33 AM GMT
Wink
Report Cork Langer March 29, 2014 12:44 AM GMT
Triolo Dalene
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Triolo D'Alene came to England with a decent reputation and immediately started to pay back his new owners when he took an Ascot Novice Handicap Chase on his first start in the UK. Nicky Henderson was quite keen on the horse’s chances in the novices handicap at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival. Unfortunately Triolo D'Alene could not justify his trainer's confidence and finished a disappointing eleventh behind Hunt Ball in that race and then failed to win on his next four runs in the UK. Henderson then entered Triolo D'Alene in the 2013 Topham and the Aintree fences seemed to suit the young horse and he ran out a gutsy winner after a battle with Alan King's Walkon. The Topham run was followed just over three weeks later with another win in a decent handicap at Huntingdon. Triolo D'Alene returned to the track for the 2013/14 season in the valuable United House Gold Cup at Ascot where he finished a respectable third to Houblon Des Obeaux. Whilst that was a good run there was little there to suggest the horse could win a Hennessy but that's just what happened on his next run at Newbury. Undoubtedly well suited by the sound surface in the Hennessy, has now gone up 26lb from his mark when winning the Topham and he may now be becoming high in the weights for a race like the Grand National.
Horse Age: 7
Trainer: Nicky Henderson
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Taurus
Horse Trained at: England - South East
Jockey Silks Colour: Yellow
Report themightymac March 29, 2014 12:52 AM GMT
Rocky Creek

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Paul Nicholls has been quoted as saying that Ruby Walsh felt Rocky Creek was "an ideal National horse." Strong praise indeed and Nicholls has been quick to emphasise that Rocky Creek's strong suit is his stamina and that the quick conditions and fast track were against his charge when he disappointed in one of the big novice chases at Aintree last season. Connections stated after Aintree that Rocky Creek would not run again that season and that the Hennessy would be his early target for this year. Nicholls had won the Hennessy twice with Denman and it speaks volumes about the high regard he holds for Rocky Creek in that he was confident to go to Newbury without the benefit of a run. Rocky Creek very nearly justified Nicholls’s confidence finding just Triolo D'Alene too good at Newbury, losing out by just over two lengths. Rocky Creek was raised six pounds for that defeat in the Hennessy and it would seem that connections still feel their charge is at least reasonably handicapped. Nicholls decided against running Rocky Creek in the Gold Cup, preferring to concentrate on building up for a crack at the Grand National and he must have a decent chance if his stamina holds out.

Horse Age: 8
Trainer: Paul Nicholls
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aries
Horse Trained at: England - South West
Jockey Silks Colour: Blue
Report Virgin April 1, 2014 1:07 PM BST
Plain
Report poorpup April 1, 2014 1:26 PM BST
Hawkes Point
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Hawkes Point is a full brother to former Cheltenham Festival winner Alfie Sherrin and is closely related to former top class chasers Beau and Beau Ranger. His pedigree is all about stamina and this had been borne out by his performances on the track, most notably when an agonising head second in the 2013 Welsh National. Paul Nicholls’ nine-year-old gelding is relatively lightly raced for a horse of his age and has only had a handful of races over fences to date. Up to now his best form has been shown on a very soft surface so it may be doubtful he ever gets his optimum conditions in an Aintree Grand National. That said, the son of Kayf Tara has been placed on a good to soft surface and won a point to point on goes ground so perhaps he could adapt to quicker underfoot conditions at Aintree. Nicholls believes Hawkes Point is a dour stayer and his performance at Chepstow would seem to bear that out but we should remember that he did pull up in the four mile National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham last year. It could have been that the underfoot conditions were too quick for him rather than a question of stamina but it will be interesting to see how he gets on when given a similar test in the future.

Horse Age: 9
Trainer: Paul Nicholls
Jockey: Ryan Mahon
Horse Star Sign: Aries
Horse Trained at: England - South West
Jockey Silks Colour: Red
Report parachutepunter April 1, 2014 1:34 PM BST
Vintage Star
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Vintage Star looked to be a young stayer with a big future after defeating Buddy Bolero and Imperial Vic in a graduation chase at the start of the season but things haven't quite gone his way since that win. After that win at Carlisle, Vintage Star went to Newcastle for the Rehearsal Chase and lost out by a neck to Hey Big Spender. He then went to Chepstow for the Welsh Grand National and did not get beat very far in that race when finishing sixth but the impression was that his stamina might just have let him down in that race. Vintage Star put Chepstow behind him when again finishing runner-up next time out, this time in the Peter Marsh at Haydock. That meant he had had two very hard races in under three weeks and both Chepstow and Haydock had been run on very heavy ground so it could well be that those two hard races have left their mark on him for the rest of this season. Vintage Star did run at the Cheltenham Festival but didn't make it very far in the Baylis and Harding race, falling at the fifth fence. Vintage Star is a very promising young horse but the question is after some tough races this season will the Aintree Grand National prove too much of a test at this early stage of his career?
Horse Age: 8
Trainer: Sue Smith
Jockey: Brian Hughes
Horse Star Sign: Taurus
Horse Trained at: England - North West
Jockey Silks Colour: Yellow
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Report TheNorfolkMafia April 1, 2014 1:41 PM BST
The Package - 25/1

The Package has obviously had his share of injury problems during his career and looks to have been a difficult horse to train. David Pipe has managed to win a couple of big races with this horse but there must be a chance that his best days are behind him. The Package appears to be at his best when fresh these days so it must be questionable if he can follow up on his recent good run at the Cheltenham Festival where he finished third in the Baylis and Harding Handicap. The eleven-year-old gelding has run in the Grand National once before in 2010 where he made a series of mistakes before unseating Timmy Murphy at the nineteenth fence. The horse did not seem to enjoy his Grand National experience that day and he looks to have too many question marks about him to be seriously considered as a potential winner of the 2014 Grand National.

Horse Age: 11
Trainer: David Pipe
Jockey: Tom Scudamore
Horse Star Sign: Aries

Horse Trained at: England - South West
Jockey Silks Colour: Green
Report ooO{Alpha Centauri}Ooo April 1, 2014 1:42 PM BST
The Package
   
The Package has obviously had his share of injury problems during his career and looks to have been a difficult horse to train. David Pipe has managed to win a couple of big races with this horse but there must be a chance that his best days are behind him. The Package appears to be at his best when fresh these days so it must be questionable if he can follow up on his recent good run at the Cheltenham Festival where he finished third in the Baylis and Harding Handicap. The eleven-year-old gelding has run in the Grand National once before in 2010 where he made a series of mistakes before unseating Timmy Murphy at the nineteenth fence. The horse did not seem to enjoy his Grand National experience that day and he looks to have too many question marks about him to be seriously considered as a potential winner of the 2014 Grand National.

Horse Age: 11
Trainer: David Pipe
Jockey: Tom Scudamore
Horse Star Sign: Aries
Horse Trained at: England - South West
Jockey Silks Colour: Green

25/1
Report TheNorfolkMafia April 1, 2014 1:44 PM BST
What the f*ck happened there?

Laugh
Report Makybe_Diva April 1, 2014 2:06 PM BST
I've got Tidal Bay! Love

What a servant Tidal Bay has been to his owners, Graham and Andrea Wylie. The winner of fifteen races and over three-quarters of a million pounds in prize money, Tidal Bay has raced at least twice in every season since 2006 and remains as good as ever at the ripe old age of thirteen. Tidal Bay is amazingly versatile winning four Grade Two events over hurdles and three Grade Ones over fences. He has won over an amazing array of distances, from an Arkle over two miles right up to a Bet365 Gold Cup at three miles and five furlongs. Tidal Bay was starting to look quirky and uncooperative towards the end of his time with Howard Johnson but after switching to Paul Nicholls, the son of Flemensfirth has been the model of consistency. Nicholls has done a wonderful job in keeping this grand old character sweet enough to still be providing top class performances in his thirteenth year. Tidal Bay has had one try at the Grand National in the past when unseating his rider at the tenth fence back in 2011 but since then his move to the Nicholls yard has brought about plenty of improvement. It may be that Tidal Bay would need soft ground to have a really good chance in the National but even on good to soft he will be a runner to be feared by all.

Horse Age: 13
Trainer: Paul Nicholls
Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies Love
Horse Star Sign: Taurus
Horse Trained at: England - South West
Jockey Silks Colour: Brown

I'm hoping for a safe run round then maybe a happy retirement for him.
Report Clerkmore April 1, 2014 2:38 PM BST
Rose Of The Moon kept good company at the beginning of his career, running in national hunt flat races and hurdles against the likes of Rock On Ruby, Bobs Worth and Sir Des Champs but it is over fences that he has really started to show his true form. David O'Meara's gelding has won three of his six races over fences to date giving the impression that he would be suited by an extreme test of stamina. He has had one try at a race over four miles, when pulled up behind Back In Focus in last year's National Hunt Chase. Rose Of The Moon was obviously expected to do much better that day as he was sent off at a relatively short price of 12/1. The grey gelding was badly hampered in that race and could not recover so perhaps that run is best ignored. Rose Of The Moon tried out the Aintree fences when running down the field in this year's Becher Chase so in theory he has a lot to make up on the likes of Chance Du Roy and Mr Moonshine but it may have been that connections were primarily looking for the horse to get some experience at Aintree. Rose Of The Moon was probably not at his best on the very soft conditions he encountered that day and good to soft going in the National should suit him much better. Rose Of The Moon could be a decent each-way bet for those who like to go for a horse at a big price.

Horse Age: 9
Trainer: David OMeara
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Pisces
Horse Trained at: England - North East
Jockey Silks Colour: Blue
Report Clerkmore April 1, 2014 2:39 PM BST
Better look it up then!
Report Virgin April 3, 2014 9:54 AM BST
Wink
Report Virgin April 3, 2014 11:01 AM BST
Aintree latest: Decision made
Tony McCoy will ride Double Seven in the Crabbie's Grand National on Saturday.
By Lewis Porteous, live from Aintree 10 mins ago
Report p_r_e_m_i_e_r__f_a_n_t_a_s_y April 3, 2014 11:32 AM BST
Teaforthree
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Teaforthree’s connections have planned the horse’s career around three races; the National Hunt Chase, the Welsh National and the Grand National. Amazingly the Rebecca Curtis trained gelding has won the first of those races and been placed in the other two. Teaforthree gave an exemplary round of jumping when taking the four mile National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2012 and connections immediately highlighted the Welsh National as the horse’s main target for 2013/14. Consequently Teaforthree was the subject of a sustained gamble for that race at Chepstow and eventually went off the 11/4 favourite. Again, his jumping was immaculate and when taking the lead three fences from home it appeared that the strong support would be justified. Unfortunately Monbeg Dude and Paul Carberry spoiled the Welsh celebrations but all looked positive with a view to the Grand National. Teaforthree was again the subject of sustained support at Aintree and started as a 10/1 shot for last year’s Grand National. Jumping well as always he led at two out and looked the most likely winner but just failed to quicken as well as Auroras Encore and finished nine lengths and a neck back in third. Teaforthree has been given a rating of 149 for the 2014 Grand National which is two pounds less than he had in 2013 and as such the handicapper appears to have given Rebecca Curtis' gelding an excellent chance of improving on his position from last year.

Horse Age: 10
Trainer: Rebecca Curtis
Jockey: Nick Scholfield
Horse Star Sign: Gemini
Horse Trained at: Wales
Jockey Silks Colour: Black




i got the bloody fav Plain
Report EastLower Gooner April 3, 2014 11:53 AM BST
Colbert St. 33-1

Plenty of people seemed to know that this horse was capable of much better form than he had been showing prior to the Paddy Power in Leopardstown as he was the subject of a substantial gamble. The Ted Walsh trained gelding ended up as favourite for the 98k race and his supporters were not disappointed as he ran out a five length plus winner. Colbert Station was then targeted at the 2013 Grand National where he was the pick of AP McCoy but unfortunately he unseated his rider at The Chair. The Walsh family have won the National with Papillon and gone close with Seabass and there must be every chance that this horse still has plenty of improvement left in him.
Horse Age: 10
Trainer: Ted Walsh
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Taurus
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Green
Report EastLower Gooner April 3, 2014 11:54 AM BST
Is this binding? Do I have to back him now?
Report EastLower Gooner April 3, 2014 11:55 AM BST
These might be better than the rp spotlights,...anyone want to keep refreshing until they get all 36 runners and then post them?
Report Virgin April 3, 2014 12:01 PM BST
ELG you don't have to back them (but yours is a nice price Wink )

I actually think the sites pretty good for an overview and I like the going selector Happy
Report Virgin April 4, 2014 12:35 AM BST
Plain
Report Kelly Brook April 4, 2014 12:47 AM BST
Mr Moonshine

Mr Moonshine has run some good races over fences for Sue Smith, most notably recently when finishing second to Cape Tribulation in the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby over Xmas. The handicapper reacted very severely to a couple of wins Mr Moonshine had in his novice chase days and the horse went seventeen races after that without winning. Sue Smith's gelding got back to a winning level this season and has managed to win a couple of decent handicaps at around two and a half miles. Mr Moonshine has never contested a race over further than twenty-six furlongs and whilst he gives the impression he might stay that sort of distance he is a full brother to Nigel Twiston-Davies' good horse Double Ross who seems best at around two and half miles. One to keep an eye on but may just struggle to see out the final mile thoroughly
Horse Age: 10
Trainer: Sue Smith
Jockey: Ryan Mania
Horse Star Sign: Gemini
Horse Trained at: England - North East
Jockey Silks Colour: Purple
Report Busvaldo April 4, 2014 1:42 AM BST
Battle Group
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It's very difficult to know what to expect from Battle Group as this time last year he looked a horse who was going places winning three top class races in little over a month. Prior to that purple patch he had looked a quirky type in his time with David Pipe appearing to be reluctant to line-up at times and occasionally looking as if he was not keen on a battle. This bad behaviour has resurfaced again this season with the horse refusing to race at Newbury and appearing a difficult ride in two other runs where he eventually finished pulled up on both occasions. Battle Group undoubtedly has plenty of talent and his rating for this race of 147 would not be beyond him if he was on his best behaviour but he looks a very risky proposition given the fact that he has refused to race in the past. There must be a chance that the occasion could overwhelm him so the safest option for anyone considering him could be to back him in running if he does consent to start.
Horse Age: 9
Trainer: Johnny Farrelly


Jockey: Brendan Powell
Horse Star Sign: Capricorn
Horse Trained at: England - South West
Jockey Silks Colour: Yellow


wish me luck!Laugh
Report Virgin April 4, 2014 10:18 AM BST
Good Luck Wink
Report GEORGE.B April 4, 2014 9:44 PM BST
Walkon

Walkon finished runner-up in last year's Topham Chase where he impressed with the way he handled the Aintree fences. Stamina could be the issue for Alan King's horse as he has form figures of 5PP4 when attempting three miles and above. Walkon looks to have plenty on his plate here.

Horse Age: 9
Trainer: Alan King
Jockey: Wayne Hutchinson
Horse Star Sign: Pisces
Horse Trained at: England - South West
Jockey Silks Colour: Brown
Report Virgin April 4, 2014 10:08 PM BST
That's Mrs V in the works sweepstake George (she can be a bit of a horse witch Excited ) gl to you both
Report Virgin April 5, 2014 8:49 AM BST
Excited
Report Virgin April 5, 2014 3:55 PM BST
Plain
Report Pre-Fat-Low-Fat-Foods April 5, 2014 3:59 PM BST
Burton Port

Burton Port was very near the top of the steeplechasing tree up until 2012 when a hind leg tendon injury kept him off the track until October of this season. Originally trained by Nicky Henderson, Burton Port won a Reynoldstown Chase, finished second in an RSA and then won at the Aintree festival as a novice. In his second season over fences he finished second in a Hennessy and fourth in the Gold Cup behind Synchronicity. Burton Port's owner, Trevor Hemmings, decided on a switch to Jonjo O'Neill's for the 2013/14 season but the horse has been disappointing in his runs for his new yard. It has since come to light that the horse has had a wind operation and connections are obviously hoping that will bring about a change in his fortunes. With regards to the Grand National, former trainer Nicky Henderson had voiced some reservations about Burton Port being suited to the National fences as he is apparently quite small for a top class chaser. The handicapper has given Burton Port a serious chance in the National, rating him some fifteen pounds lower than the mark off from which he finished second in the Hennessy and this has sparked a run of ante post bets on the horse for Aintree.

Horse Age: 10
Trainer: Jonjo ONeill
Jockey: Brian Harding
Horse Star Sign: Aries
Horse Trained at: England - South West
Jockey Silks Colour: Yellow
Report Ibrahima Sonko April 5, 2014 4:00 PM BST
Triolo D'Alene came to England with a big reputation and immediately started to pay back his new owners when he took an Ascot Novice Handicap Chase on his first start in the UK. Nicky Henderson was quite keen on the horse’s chances in the novices' handicap at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival but unfortunately Triolo D'Alene could not justify his trainer's confidence, finishing a disappointing eleventh behind Hunt Ball and then failed to win on his next four runs in the UK. Henderson then entered Triolo D'Alene in the 2013 Topham and the Aintree fences seemed to suit the young horse and he ran out a gutsy winner after a battle with Alan King's Walkon. The Topham run was followed just over three weeks later with another win in a decent handicap at Huntingdon. Triolo D'Alene returned to the track for the 2013/14 season in the valuable United House Gold Cup at Ascot where he finished a respectable third to Houblon Des Obeaux. Whilst that was a good run there was little to suggest the horse could win a Hennessy but that's just what happened on his next run at Newbury. Undoubtedly well suited by the sound surface in the Hennessy, Triolo D'Alene has now gone up 26lb from his mark when winning the Topham and he may now be becoming high in the weights for a race like the Grand National.
Horse Age: 7
Trainer: Nicky Henderson
Jockey: Barry Geraghty
Horse Star Sign: Taurus
Horse Trained at: England - South East
Jockey Silks Colour: Yellow

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Report Virgin April 5, 2014 4:31 PM BST
Sad NO WINNERS HERE Sad
Report Ibrahima Sonko April 5, 2014 4:32 PM BST
boookies clean up, again
Report Virgin April 5, 2014 4:45 PM BST
Yep Angry

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