JP & Jonjo Target More Success At National
The Melbourne Cup may be the race that stops a nation but the Aintree Grand National is as close as we get on this side of the world.
Forty runners face the daunting fences in front of them in the Grand National at 5.15pm and with them they’ll carry the hopes of millions of punters who will have invested millions of pounds on predicting the outcome.
JP, Jonjo and Barry Looking for More
When Don’t Push It won the Grand National in 2010, it was a famous result for the sport as it was a first and only win for the legendary AP McCoy.
JP McManus and Jonjo O’Neill have another class horse to go close this year with More Of That, ridden by Barry Geraghty.
More Of That maintained his own unbeaten record when denying Annie Power back in the Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle in 2014 before injury stumped his progress. He has been beaten a couple of times now but shaped much better in the Irish Gold Cup before exiting at the last fence that day and he was only beaten 10-lengths at Cheltenham.
The trip shouldn’t be a problem for him here and at his best he can defy his weight of 11st6lbs.
Blaklion is another horse that brings Grade 1 form into the race and has to be noted with plenty to like about his chances, while at bigger prices, Raz De Maree should outrun his odds despite his age and the ground being against him. The Paul Nicholls-trained Vicente is also overpriced at his best.
Tizzard’s Found the Power
Colin Tizzard had just one winner in March and April prior to Friday but he certainly found his form on the big stage and enjoyed a treble on day two of the Grand National meeting, including a Grade 1 double for owners Alan and Ann Potts and their new retained jockey, Robbie Power.
Finian’s Oscar will look to add another Grade 1 to their haul and having skipped Cheltenham due to a small setback and with the yard getting their mojo back, Finian’s Oscar can add another chapter to his incredible journey.
Just in October he was winning a four-year-old point-to-point, in December he won for Tizzard and in January he was a Grade 1 winner. Missing Cheltenham could be a blessing in disguise for his long term future and he looks a good betting prospect at 3/1.
Thornton To Land Lucky Last
Karl Thornton is a trainer who is worth following with his small team of horses and after the National tomorrow he has a strong chance of claiming the finale with Wakea.
The bold front-running six-year-old was reeled in at Cheltenham when trying to make all in the County Hurdle but was still only beaten less than five lengths and…
around a speedy track like Aintree on ground that is going to be good, this could be tailor-made for him.
Wakea probably doesn’t hold many secrets from the handicapper but he just could prove a tough one to peg back and with Donagh Meyler claiming a valuable 3lbs, he could prove a popular Irish winner of the last.
Finian’s Oscar (3/1) – 2.25 Aintree
More Of That (14/1) – 5.15 Aintree
Wakea (6/1) – 6.15 Aintree
*Prices correct at time of publication.