RSA winner O’Faolains Boy looks set for Mildmay success on day two of the Grand National Festival 2014

Rebecca Curtis’s impressive Festival winner looks set to follow up in the Grade One contest. His strongest challenge is likely to come from the irish raider Don Cossack. Don Cossack fell when travelling in the RSA and if he can put in a clear round in the Mildmay he will be a threat.

The Topham Chase appears to be a quality renewal where the top weights Champion Court and Double Ross set the grade. Both like to race prominently and could be well suited by the unique challenge that the National fences will present.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – O’Faolains Boy (Mildmay 2.30)

Always highly regarded by connections this RSA winner showed his true potential earlier this season at Ascot. If he can repeat his Festival form and with the stable having winners expect him to be hard to beat.

Crockford’s Whisper – Double Ross e/w (Topham 3.40)

A revelation this season and ultra consistent at the top level. His front-running style will mean that he is likely to avoid any problems in running. Double priced odds make this a possibly lucrative each way proposition.

Crockford’s Gamble on Day Two of the Grand National Festival 2014:

Top Novice (2.00) – Sgt Reckless

Mildmay (2.30) – O’Faolains Boy

Melling (3.05) – Boston Bob e/w

Topham (3.40) – Double Ross e/w and Tatenen e/w

Sefton (4.15) – Killala Quay e/w and Port Melon e/w

Handicap Hurdle (4.50) – Caid Du Berlais e/w and Cheltenian e/w

Mares NH Flat (5.25) – Kayf Hampshire e/w


(Featured Photograph – O’Faolains Boy and Smad Place jump the last in the RSA by Stuart Rice)

The last in the RSA