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Paddy’s pals Ruby Walsh and Matt Chapman have picked their 5 horses to complete Saturday’s 17.15 Grand National at Aintree.
You can watch Ruby and Matt explain their selections in the video below and read more further down the page.
Amazingly someone suggested to me this horse won’t stay but if there’s a horse in this race that will stay, it’s Kimberlite Candy. Jumps well, experienced over fences, Richie McLernon on board – I’m hoping Kimberlite Candy can win.
I don’t see how any pundit can leave Cloth Cap out. The faster the ground the better and it’s getting faster every time I speak. He jumps for fun too. I suppose you could argue his handicap but he’s still a well-handicapped horse, even if you don’t believe all of the weight. He’s got a great chance.
He was a brilliant winner at the Irish National and he’s gone up weight but we all know what Willie Mullins can do with a horse like this. Burrows Saint definitely has the ability to win this.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Vieux Lion Rouge can win this race. However, Paddy will be paying plenty of places for the Grand National and I think it’s worth a punt. Vieux Lion Rouge is a fantastic each-way bet.
If you want another one to get round, I reckon Lord Du Mesnil is worth a little punt.
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I fully agree with Matt about Burrows Saint. When I won the Irish Grand National on him in 2019 I thought he had Aintree written all over him. His jumping, his style of racing. Patrick Mullins takes the ride which can only be a good thing. Don’t worry about the amateur bit in his title if you’re new to this sport, he’s a very talented young man.
I will be shouting for Any Second Now. My dad trains him, I know how much it would mean to him and I think it’s a horse with a really good chance. His last win at Navan over two miles was a great prep for this. I give him a chance.
Like Matt said, you have to mention Cloth Cap. He’s so far ahead on the handicap, he has to be in the mix.
Due to his price, I’m going to look at Class Conti. He had a good run prior to Cheltenham where he finished fourth. Brian Hayes takes the ride on him and at around 50/1, I think it’s a good price.
For another horse to get round, I’ll go with Potters Corner. He jumps and stays and he should certainly finish the race. On good to soft ground, you’re looking at around 19-21 finishers on average.
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