Grand National Meeting Day 3

If Thursday reminded me how lucky you can get with racing, Friday was the opposite. I strongly fancied Don Cossack to win The Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham and backed accordingly. I took him on yesterday and he wins by twenty-six lengths, case of right horse wrong day. To make matters worse, he was ridden by one AP McCoy, that really does rub salt in the wounds. So it’s back to levels in the profit and loss stakes with one last day to go.

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I was commenting yesterday that I wanted to see Vago Collonges run well, despite not winning, he ran a big race to finish second behind the highly promising looking Cyrus Darius. The reason that I wanted to to see him run well is that it would help to make my mind up for this race.

DAYS OF HEAVEN is my pick here, I was very impressed with the way he won at Kempton in February and am pleased that he’s been kept fresh for this. At Kempton he beat Vago Collonges by two and three quarter lengths, with that for boosted yesterday he’s the one I want to be on here.

Nichols Canyon was one that I fancied at Cheltenham but he could only finish third behind Windsor Park and Parlour Games in The Neptune. Vyta Du Rock finished second here yesterday over three miles, on the back of her fourth in The Neptune, so there is some substance to that form.

This is a step up in class and trip for Days of Heaven, but he doesn’t have a lot to find with the front two in the market and is worth chancing to show some improvement here, especially as he missed the festival.

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Back Days of Heaven at 7.00 – Bet Victor[/symple_box]

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GODS OWN is a frustrating horse to follow, brilliant performances at Punchestown and Exeter were followed by a disappointing run in The Tingle Creek, however he can possibly be forgiven for that as he is only a novice. He looked right back to his best at the festival, with an excellent second in The Arkle. He may have been flattered by where he finished in that race though seeing as he came from off a strong pace to pass tiring horses. However going pack to his wins at Punchestown and Exeter he still has a very strong chance in this.

I think that he’s the right favourite and if he wasn’t flattered by his final placing in The Arkle, he should be an even money chance. He has the chance to prove that his last run wasn’t a fluke and I think he’ll take it.

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Back Gods Own at 2.88 – Betfair Sportsbook[/symple_box]

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This race is all about The World Hurdle form, won by front running Cole Harden last month, and it would be no surprise to see him follow up here. He has Zarkandar (3rd), Whisper (5th), Un Temps Pour Tout (6th), Jetson (9th) and Blue Fashion (12th) all in behind him that day.

Cole Harden was given an easy lead in The World Hurdle and I expect him to get the same today, however I’m taking him on with ZARKANDAR. He was travelling well when he made a massive mistake two from home, which cost him the race, however he ran on well to claim third.

I’m not a massive Zarkandar fan, to be honest I can’t even remember I time that I’ve backed him. However I think that he is the classiest horse in the race, I loved the way he travelled last time out and I think that he can reverse the placings today.

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Back Zarkandar at 3.50 – General[/symple_box]

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Time for my smallest and most pointless horse bet of the year, however I’ve been waiting a year to place this one. ALVARADO is my only bet in the race, ┬áhe finished fourth in this last year after being held up. He was staying on strongly that day and this time around, we’ll see him ridden closer to the pace.

I can make a case for most of these, but thirty-nine runner handicaps aren’t really my sort of race, but if you want a 22/1 chance that will give you a good run for your money, he looks a good bet.

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Back Alvarado at 23.0 – General[/symple_box]

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