Aintree 2008: The Topham Chase

Get the videos ready: not only is The Topham a great race to have a bet in it is a valuable tool for assessing the likely chances of future Grand National winners. Three National winners in the last ten years alone have gone on from a run in The Topham to winning a National (Bindaree, Monty’s Pass, Amberleigh House) so this race will be necessary viewing for those of us thinking past just the 2008 Grand National.

The field is littered with horses suggested as National possibles, including those who may have run in the big race but for failing to make the cut. Horses such as:

In The High Grass
You’re Special
Irish Raptor
Bothar Na
Pak Jak
Dunbrody Millar
Theatre Knight
I Hear Thunder

But who will win The Topham?

The Topham tends to fall to horses at the lower end of the handicap and this race has apparently been the target all season of Willie Mullins’ Bothar Na. He has had two spins round the fences before and the trainer has won the race before in 2002 with It’s Time For A Win.

Other horses who may appeal at bigger odds are former Sefton Chase winner I Hear Thunder and the Ferdy Murphy trained You’re Special. The latter would be a little older than some recent winners but had been talked of as a National ‘type’ for some time and it will be interesting to see how he gets on over these fences.

Your thoughts?

Who do you fancy? Are there any of the field who you think could potentially come back for next year’s National? Come back on after the race as well and let us know what you thought of the race and if there were any clues to take away for future Nationals.

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2 Responses to Aintree 2008: The Topham Chase

  1. wacky says:


  2. admin says:

    A great victory for Gwanako who emulated Cyfor Malta in winning the Topham as a five year old.
    Good performances from the placed horses who have all had experience of the National fences but most notably from Irish Raptor who was gaining on the winner at the finish. The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained nine year old looks the horse most likely to become a Grand National candidate of the future.