Today is all about the Grand National but there is a decent undercard for the Aintree spectacle. It has been a good week of racing from the Liverpool track and we are going to finish our week with one more to go with our National selections.
1.45 Aintree: Handicap Hurdle
A 3 mile handicap hurdle with a big field of 22 runners & it looks an incredibly open event. Typically, you want a horse that comes into this in decent form with most of the recent winners coming off the back of either a win or a place. It is not uncommon, either, for an unfashionable yard to land this prize & I’m hoping for a repeat with our bet today.
The selection is Golan Fortune, who is trading at a decent double figure especially considering the form he has in the book. His trainer has rightly stated he’d be vying for favouritism was it not for his race last time out at Haydock where he finished tired in 3rd behind Chef Des Obeaux. The ground was bottomless that day & he smacked the last 2 flights, largely due to tiredness. The ground, although soft, will be a bit better here & I fancy he will make amends.
Aside from a fall & that Haydock run, his form this term has been top notch. He won 3 handicaps on seeing his mark rise 19lbs in the process before finishing a close 2nd to Topofthegame in a Grade 3 handicap at Sandown. Incredibly tough, he likes to be held up off a fast pace which he’ll get here. He showed improved form when stepped up to around this step & should have no problems on this sharp track. A small stable but one with a good strike rate, the trainer chooses his races well. Undoubtedly his toughest test to date but the price reflects that & he’s too big at 16/1 especially as, if he was trained by a Henderson or a Mullins, he’d be half his current odds.
Back Golan Fortune (e/w) for a 0.75/10 stake at 17.00 Bet365 BOG (¼ odds 1-5)