TIDAL BAY HEADS NATIONAL FIELD So we have our forty runners and riders confirmed for Saturdays Grand National with the 13-year-old Tidal Bay (14/1) carrying top-weight of 11st 10lb in the hands of Sam Twiston-Davies, with 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup and dual King George VI Chase hero Long Run (14/1) next in on 11st 9lb under Sam Waley-Cohen. In what looks to be an open looking contest these two old stagers look to have right good chances of winning the historic race. Last year’s third home Teaforthree heads the market for the world’s most famous steeplechase for Welsh trainer Rebecca Curtis, with Nick Scholfield the man on board and he looks to go off at single figures where he can currently be backed at 8/1.
The Aintree festival kicks off today with the highlight being the Aintree Bowl Chase where it looks to be a three horse race between this year’s Ryanair winner Dynaste, Silviniaco Conti (King George winner) and last years winner First Lieutenant who skipped Cheltenham which could prove to be effective here as he comes here fresh and loves this track. The New One and Calipto will both try and make amends for their unlucky running’s at Cheltenham with the latter kicking off proceedings in the opening Anniversary 4YO Hurdle.
Calipto was travelling smoothly in the Triumph Hurdle when his stirrups broke and still stayed on for fourth position and given that the jockey was never hard on him because of this he looks a standout bet in the first at 3/1. You won’t see that price about The New One who looks nailed on in winning the Aintree Hurdle which he was just held in last year when beaten by Zarkandar as a novice. This year’s renewal is not great at all and it would be a major shock to see him lose this.