JESSICA Harrington had a Cheltenham Festival to remember last month with three winners from just a handful of runners.
Obviously, Sizing John’s success in the Gold Cup was the highlight. But SUPASUNDAE was very impressive in the Coral Cup and he can take the step up to Grade One company in his stride tomorrow afternoon.
The Ryanair Stayers Hurdle (4.20pm) was won by Thistlecrack 12 months ago and you can be pretty sure there is nothing as good as him in this year’s race.
Supasundae has always been well-regarded and he should improve for the step up to three miles.
Don’t forget that Whisper managed to complete the Coral Cup-Aintree Stayers Hurdle three years ago, so it’s far from impossible to bridge the handicap to Grade One gap.
Yanworth is talented, but ran badly in the Champion Hurdle and isn’t a guaranteed stayer. He’s also very short at just 7/4.
Cole Harden will enjoy the decent ground, but everything was right for him at Cheltenham and he couldn’t get the job done.
My selection is available at 8/1 with Coral which looks a more than fair each-way price.
The Betway Handicap Chase (3.40pm), run over 3m1f, is always a very competitive contest and this year is no different.
I’m going to keep it simple and stick with EMERGING FORCE, trained by Harry Whittington.
It’s been a difficult season for the young trainer, with his yard suffering a bug, but the horses are in better form now.
This seven-year-old loves a sound surface and is worth backing at around the 5/1 mark.
MAXIMUM EXCITEMENT ON THE GRAND NATIONAL
WITH 40 horses running a shade over four miles and jumping 30 fences, there simply isn’t a horse race anywhere in the world that can match the Grand National for excitement.
Sporting Index is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month and as a present to spread bettors it is going spread free on the winning SP of tomorrow’s big race.
The price is coincidentally 25 which means that customers can bet higher or lower at that same figure.
The last five winners have all been 25/1 or bigger and if you expect that trend to continue you would buy.
Let’s say the winner returns at 33/1, buyers would win eight times their stake while sellers would lose the same amount.
The last favourite to win was AP McCoy on 10/1 shot Don’t Push It in 2010. If that was to be repeated, sellers would win 15 times and buyers lose 15 times their respective stakes.
There are plenty of other interesting markets to get involved in. Winning distance is the total distance between the first and second horse and Sporting Index are currently quoting 5.5-6.5.
You can also bet on the total number of finishers. Last year there were 16 who crossed the winning line and the traders are expecting a similar result with a prediction of 16.5-17.5.
Even if you don’t manage to find the winner, there are still lots of ways to deliver maximum excitement on the Grand National with a spread bet.
Spread betting can result in losses that exceed your initial deposit or credit limit.