Crockford reviews the other racing taking place on Grand National Day and gives his Dead Cert and Whisper
(For Crockford’s Grand National Dead Cert and Whispers view the earlier posts)
On what is an excellent supporting card to the Grand National, the Liverpool Hurdle stands out. Solwhit and Paul Carberry look well placed to follow up on their impressive win in the World Hurdle. The interesting danger to him today will come in the shape of Nigel Twiston-Davies’ novice African Gold who ran well at the Festival. If Grand Crus can recapture his form or Medinas can continue to improve they may also be involved in the finish.
Overturn will be better suited by the ground at Aintree and the sharper track and should get back to winning ways in the (2.15). In the first Dodging Bullets quality should shine through against his rivals and the competitive last race may well go to Pure Science who showed potential in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham. One of the strongest whispers at the Cheltenham Festival was for Cantlow who had to be withdrawn before his race due bleeding. Today he will have his chance of landing another gamble but may be threatened by the in form GordonElliott and Russian War.
The International Stakes at Lingfield has attracted a quality field headed by the Racing Post Trophy second Van Der Neer who will use this as a trial on the way to Newmarket and the 2000 Guineas. The whispers surrounding this horse have been strong and expect an impressive victory today.
Crockford’s Dead Cert – Solwhit (Aintree 2.50)
Showed an impressive turn of foot at Cheltenham to take the World Hurdle. This ultra consistent sort has come back from injury retaining all of his former ability. Expect another big show from here today especially given his liking for the course having won 2009 Aintree Hurdle. A Dead Cert with the exceptional Paul Carberry on board.
Crockford’s Whisper – Prince Of Fire e/w (Aintree 5.10)
This is an old but strong whisper from the yard for this horse. Having had a warm up race on the all weather at Dundalk he will now be just right for this hurdle handicap. Held in extremely high regard in the stable this JP McManus horse is certainly worth an each way punt at prices of around 20/1.
Archer’s Selection – Van Der Neer (Lingfield 3.00)
Archer would have listened to Richard Hughes when he felt that there was more to come from this Racing Post Trophy second. The shrewd Archer would have noticed that today’s race was well within the grasp of this horse with classic potential.
Crockford’s Gambles on Grand National Day:
Grand National (4.15) – Imperial Commander e/w (Dead Cert)
Aintree – Dodging Bullets (1.45), Overturn (2.15), Solwhit and African Gold e/w (2.50), Cantlow e/w and Russian War e/w (3.25), Prince Of Fire e/w (5.10), Pure Science e/w, Sgt Reckless e/w and Alphabetical Order e/w (5.45)
Lingfield – Apache (2.25), Van Der Neer and Luhaif e/w (3.00), Ortac Rock and Galician e/w (4.45)
Chepstow – Oscargo (2.00), Oddjob (2.30), Kozmina Bay (3.05), Judiciary e/w (4.50) and Bar a Mine (6.00)
Newcastle – Greenhead High (1.35), The Cornish Cowboy (2.40), Docs Legacy (3.15) and Panama Cat (5.00)
Navan – Wipe Your Eye (2.20), Moon Dice (4.00), Call The Police (4.35) and Florimund (5.05)
(Featured Photograph – Solwhit after his win in the World Hurdle by Stuart Rice)