2014 Grand National

L’Escargot won the Grand National in 1975 4 years after winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Long Term is attempting to offer the same double at Aintree next Saturday. Tidal Bay is yet another festival champion attempting to win the legendary race but Tea for three looks a worthy favourite within an open searching renewal.

Long Term won the Gold Cup this year and it has also won two King Georges at Kempton. At the beginning of the growing season another Gold Cup was around the agenda. However, the equine has run moderately in the greatest level meaning the nation’s has become a choice. As nearly the very best equine within the race the handicapper has already established his say and horses towards the top of the handicap possess a poor recent within the race.

As part of the Racegoers Club I made use of their marquee at Cheltenham this season. For any couple of quid this is an excellent facility as possible drink and food rapidly from the mob. The area is backed by Betfred meaning you will find Tote betting facilities and screens to look at the racing. I am sure many people remained all mid-day rather than saw a equine.

I visited the festival for that first couple of days as well as in the marquee there is a guest speaker every day. Around the Tuesday it had been Tanya Stevenson from Funnel 4 however i had a late train so skipped her. Nicky Henderson was the speaker the very next day and that he appeared quite jovial. I’m not sure whether it’s his personality but he looked a little tipsy in my experience.

Anyway he put us off Whisper who won a handicap but he did say Get Me From Here was prepared to win a large handicap, but was beaten with a neck by Whisper. Becoming an inveterate stargazer I could not resist a couple of words with Nicky. I wanted him have fun with Long Term within the National and throughout our brief conversation he stated he thought the equine want the program and also the fences.

Tidal Bay may be the enigma of jumps racing. He was sufficiently good to win the Arkle in 2008 and won a grade 1 chase in Ireland as lately as December 2012. He’s the category to win the nation’s only one potential issue is getting too much behind throughout the first stages from the race. I can tell the jockey shopping around around the first circuit and making ground around the leaders as “they mix the Melling Road”.

For individuals not really acquainted with the region Melling Road is really a suburban street with three mattress roomed semis. Most days of the season it is simply an ordinary residential road but bizarrely the favourite race on the planet passes regarding this. They work off and away to steer clear of the traffic generation when it comes to the equine. Hopefully no horses can get when it comes to Tidal bay and Long Term next Saturday.