Grand National 2018: Early thoughts

One For Arthur was an impressive winner of the 2017 Grand National but will have to overcome a likely hefty rise in the weights if he is to become the first horse since Red Rum to defend his crown in 2018.

Do you think he can do it? Or can one of the beaten horses comeback and take next year’s race? Cause Of Causes would almost certainly be campaigned with Aintree in mind next year and the third horse, Saint Are, looks set to be running in hunter chases next year so could he finally win the Grand National. Could Blaklion find the extra stamina he seems to need with another year on his back?

Some of the horses that failed to get round this such as The Young Master, Vicente, Saphir Du Rheu and Ucello Conti could also train again in 2018. Could any of them have a say in next year’s finish?

The bookies are putting forward the likes of Minella Rocco, Don Poli, Noble Endeavour and Our Duke as the horses likely to be involved for the first time in 2018.

Please add your early thoughts and selections for 2018 to this thread.

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  1. Systemsman says:

    Looking at those who have the best weight adjusted (adjusted to 12 stone) RPR since April 1st at 3 miles or more i make it.

    1. Total Recall 179
    1. Vincente 177
    3. The Last Samuri 178
    3. Blaklion 178
    5. Prefect Candidate 176
    5. Regal Encore 170
    5. Go Conquer 172
    8. Gold Present 170
    All of the above also pass the TS test of 97 minimum this season and a career best of 128 minimum (4/5).

    We then get:

    Raz De Maree 172 aged 13 so i am going to discount.
    Cause Of Causes 173 – needs a TS of 97 this season (currently 55)
    Rock The Kabish 172 – needs a TS of 97 this season (currently 95)
    The Dutchman 175 – needs a career best TS of 128 (currently 115)

    There are a few on top weights we need to see if they run such as:
    Minella Rocco 164 (TS OK)
    Outlander 172 (TS OK)
    Definitly Red 180 (TS OK).

    If your selection is not in the list i can tell you why if you give me a name.
    The Team have Tiger Roll as 2nd and Final Nudge as 4th

    Tiger Roll 155 (since April 1st). TS career best 126. All too low.
    Final Nudge 165 (TS OK) – may not get in on 10.02 – for longer list.

  2. Systemsman says:

    Interesting of my top 8 using weight adjusted RPR’s 7 are in the current teams top 17 – only Perfect Candidate is missing.

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