Welsh Grand National success for Sue Smith?
Sue Smith will be looking to VINTAGE CLOUDS to strike in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow on Saturday.
The gelding comes here in good form with a 1st and 2nd in his last 2 runs. With the going expected to be on the heavy side this will also suit him. Although beaten last time out this was over 2m 5f and in a small field. I think that the extra 1m 0.5 furlong and larger field will suit this horse.
First time out this season he won on heavy going at Aintree where he thrashed his rivals by 18l. What has to be noted though was that all fences in the home straight were omitted. This to me though does show that Vintage Clouds does possess flat speed even on heavy going.
Can Michael Scudamore train Welsh Grand National winner 60 years after riding one?
The top of the market looks fairly congested.
Another one likely to be near the head of it the Michael Scudamore trained MYSTEREE. He has not not ran since March this year. Do not let that put you off as he runs well fresh.
Last year he wont first time out out over fences turning over an odds on shot at Wetherby albeit in a match race (32l). He then went on to beat one of his major rivals here in CHASE THE SPUD by 3.5l at Haydock in November 2016. This was in Heavy going over 3m 4f.
He was staying on well on at the end which shows that stamina is no issue.
He also has 2 other horse running in TWO SMOKING BARRELS and STREETS OF PROMISE but I feel that Mysteree is his best shot of emulating his 2012 win with Monbeg Dude.
O’Brien to rival flat namesake by winning Welsh Grand National?
Fergal O’Brien will aim to emulate his more illustrious namesake Dermot by winning the Welsh National with CHASE THE SPUD.
Although beaten by Mysteree at Haydock since then the horse has run in decent class events. This has culminated in him winning his last 2 at Haydock in March and Uttoxeter at his reappearance in November. The Uttoxeter event was particularly impressive seeing as he beat Mysteree in the Midlands National that day. The only issue I have with that run is that Mysteree was not given a clear run 2 out and still only ended up 1.5l down.
Tom George to claim Welsh Grand National for Local Pride?
Tom George will be hoping to that WILD WEST WIND can pass the post first in the Welsh Grand National and claim local bragging rights.
His last run was at Chepstow where he was left clear 4 out but ran well to win by 1.75l from another running in the race ALFIE SPINNER.
This was on heavy going but only over 2m 7f so stamina may be a slight concern.
Welsh National Tip of The Day
My tip for the Welsh Grand National is for MYSTEREE TO WIN
This is generally available at 8/1 at most bookmakers and should you wish to back EW it is 1/4 first 4 places