Grand National 2015: Early Thoughts

Hi Guys,

Unfortunately I haven’t got time at the moment to do a full preview but I will update this page as and when I can.

In the meantime setting up the page should allow you all to crack on and start sharing your ideas for Grand National 2015.

Good luck!

Darren

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Racing Trends and Tips for July 2014

Hi everyone,

Please add your general tips, trends and comments for July to this thread

Thanks

Darren

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Royal Ascot 2014

Please add all your Royal Scot trends, tips and fancies to this thread

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World Cup 2014

Hi everyone,

I will put this thread up for the World Cup but I am concerned that we are going too far off the idea behind this blog and that was to discuss the Grand National.

Thanks

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Racing Trends and Tips for June 2014

Hi everyone,

Please add your general tips, trends and comments for June to this thread

Thanks

Darren

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Racing Trends and Tips for May 2014

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the delay in opening a new monthly general thread.

Thanks to Gizmogirl for e-mailing me about this.

Also, a new Grand National thread for 2015 will be up very soon

Thanks

Darren

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Racing Tips and Trends for April 2014

Please use this thread for all your chat, tips and trends for this month

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Scottish National 2014

The dust barely has time to settle on the Aintree Grand National and we are on to the next big staying steeplechase of the season; The Scottish National at Ayr.

Please use this page for your tips, analysis and chat on this great race which takes place on 12/4/14.

I’ll add a full analysis later in the week but for now I’ll just open the page up so our readers can get cracking on this race.

Even if you didn’t manage a profitable race at Aintree I hope you all enjoyed it and we learnt a bit more about the type of horse to look for in the Grand National.

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Grand National 2014 – Final Declarations

The waiting is finally over and we now are pretty sure of which horses will line-up in the Grand National 2014.

The only way the final forty will change hereafter is if there is a non-runner between now and 9am tomorrow morning. If there is a non-runner then Jim Dreaper’s Goonyella will be drafted into the field. After that cut-off time the field will just reduce in size if there are subsequent non-runners.

Last year’s third placed horse Teaforthree is clinging on to favouritism under strong pressure from former Welsh National winner Monbeg Dude. Teaforthree looks a great bet to finish in the money again but previous placed horses that return do not have a great winning record and I just wonder if he might not have the pace to get home in front.

The inevitable AP McCoy price slide began yesterday when it was announced the champion jockey was leaning towards Double Seven and that plunge looks set to continue now that the champ has confirmed that will be his ride this year. McCoy didn’t seem to be overly confident about any of his possible rides when interviewed lately and it could be that Double Seven‘s early season winning streak has weighted him out of hitting the frame on Saturday.

The 2014 Grand National has a classy look to it this year with former King George and Gold Cup winner Long Run due to take his chance along with former Arkle and Bet365 Gold Cup winner Tidal Bay. The handicapper has given Tidal Bay in particular a really good chance at the official ratings but it’s a touch ask for a thirteen-year-old to carry top weight to victory in a Grand National. Don’t be surprised if he makes the frame though.

There has been money in recent days and weeks for Burton Port and The Package but both have questions to answer.

Burton Port was always thought to be on the small side to win a Grand National by former trainer Nicky Henderson and despite finishing second last time out he has to prove that a recent wind operation will provide enough improvement to be competitive in the world’s greatest race.

Similarly David Pipe’s The Package has been very fragile over recent years and has appeared to run his best races when fresh. He also seemed to not enjoy himself when tackling these fences in 2010 and he looks a risky proposition at the current odds.

Richard Newland appears to have worked the oracle once again with Pineau De Re, improving the eleven-year-old considerably in his last two races. If the improvement continues he looks to have a fine chance of this rating and the price looks decent.

The changes in the fences over the last few years has started to increase the chances of those horses who are prone to making mistakes and this appears to have played into the hands of Michael Scudamore’s Monbeg Dude. Blessed with plenty of stamina and at home on all surfaces, Monbeg Dude‘s jumping has always been a concern although he has fallen just once in his career. That said he does tend to make mistakes and whilst an error strewn round will not be good enough with the changes to the fences he may be able to get away with the odd mistake. The nine-year-old gelding will be ridden by Paul Carberry and as long as his pilot does not get too detached from the leaders, he looks to have an excellent chance in the 2014 Grand National.

SELECTIONS:

2pts win Monbeg Dude
1pt EW Pineau De Re

Good luck to all our contributors on Grand National Blog

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Aintree Festival 3rd-5th April 2014

Hi everyone,

Please use this thread for all your non-Grand National Aintree tips, chat and trends

Not long to go now!

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