Ray Flanagan has a plethora of selections from Gowran and Aintree on one of the busiest racing days of the year, Grand National Saturday
There is always a good buzz about Grand National Day as we eagerly await the big event. In-addition though, we have some fine supporting races along with a couple of interesting races domestically at Gowran.
Gowran 3.30- Cape Wolfe
Cape Wolfe ran respectable on a few occasions last season most notable behind Baldonnel over today’s course and distance and behind Nasution at Listowel. While he is no star he has dome enough to suggest he can win a mediocre race of his present mark and crucially he has an all important low draw here.
Gowran 5.15-Love The Feeling
A topical tip as I do love the feeling of Grand National day and this Willie McCreery-trained four-year old filly holds solid claims. She won a similar handicap at The Curragh last autumn and ran perfectly respectably in seventh behind Katie T on her final outing at Leopardstown. This race looks easier and we can expect a good showing.
Eltheeb has not won for four years but he has performed adequately in some good handicaps and faces his easiest assignment for a while today. Previously he has contested some valuable handicaps at York and Redcar and could have the winning of this if ready to fire on his seasonal debut.
Aintree 3.25- Buywise
A quirky customer, Buywise is a horse with a good engine but his progression has been halted thus far due to his inability to put in a clean round of jumping. I expect that the smaller field and longer distance will help today and he has the ability to win here before going up the ladder next season.
Aintree 5.10- The Game Changer and Baltimore Rock
With the Gordon Elliot team in sparkling form, The Game Changer has to be a leading fancy for this competitive handicap. A strong travelling type he is ideally suited to a big field combined with good ground on a flat track. I expect him to tank into the race under Luke Dempsey and then it is in the lap of the Gods whether he can tough it out on the run in. I am banking that the Elliot factor will have improved the horse since he moved to him last October.
I would not put anyone off Little King Robin at a massive price, but I still cannot get Baltimore Rock’s Imperial Cup win out of my head last year. David Pipe’s charge posted a fine effort to beat the useful Gassin Golf that day looking a progressive handicap. He ran a fair race in the graded novice event over the course and distance last year and looked on his way back to form in Cheltenham’s County Hurdle last month.
Aintree 5.40- Babylon De Mottes
I thought this French recruit did the job nicely on her debut for Willie Mullins at Sandown last month and provided she settles somewhat better today she should have too many gears for her rivals.
2 pts win- Buywise-3.25 Aintree-3-1 bet 365
Already Advised- 2.5 pts ew- Rocky Creek and 1.5 pts ew- Cause of Causes- 4.15 Antree
1.5 pts ew – The Game Changer- 5.10 Aintree- 8-1 General
1.5 pts win-Baltimore Rock-5.10 Aintree-10-1- General
0.5 pts win-Little King Robin-5.10 Aintree-33-1 General
2 pts win-Babylon De Mottes- 5.40 Aintree–3-1 General
1 pt ew -Cape Wolfe-3.30 Gowran-9-1 General
2 pts ew Love The Feeling-5.15 Gowran-8-1 General
2 pts win-Eltheeb-3.55 Newcastle-9-2 Bet Victor