Selections for Aintree on Saturday


Ruby Walsh delivers her verdict on the Randox Grand National at Aintree on Saturday and he’s sticking with a family favourite.

5.15 Aintree-Randox Grand National

I’ll stick to water and I’ll stick to ANY SECOND NOW – my number one anyway. He was unlucky in the race last year – he made a mistake in tenth and was nearly knocked down in twelfth.

I think he did incredibly well to come back to finish third, he’s 7 pounds heavier, but I think that’s probably more important and probably he needs to carry 11th 8 pounds. Last year he was 10-pound 9-pounder on his back, he’s 11-pounder 8-pounder on his back even though he’s only 7 pounds more in the weights.

But he’s in great shape and he’s had good preparation and I think he’s a great rider. And my second is I’m with Longhouse Poet for Martin Barassill and Darragh O’Keeffe. He was a good Thyestes Chase winner and he’s 14/1 at the time of recording he’s had a hurdle run since about the time the weights came out but I thought he had well beaten to beat Franco De Port in the Thyestes on better ground than Aintree on Saturday.

Burrows Saint – I don’t think he was unlucky in the race last year – it looked to me like he didn’t stay so why is he going to stay this year. Agusta Gold probably could have done with the rain which I think would have helped Snow Leopardess as well. Class Conti ran in the race last year – hard to really imagine and Brahma Bull is 66/1 so I think it’s not easy to be bull and confident on Willie’s four. Burrows Saint is definitely the choice, but maybe being a year older he could come home, but he looked very tired on the elbow last year with Patrick Mullins.

Obviously the favorite Delta Work, I think if he gets into a rhythm he’s the horse of the class and I think better horses are starting to win the Grand National – that’s how it goes happened. He was really impressive in the cross-country race – I love the way he jumped, a wide-field handicap that’s a little unfamiliar to him, but he couldn’t have been more impressive than he looks. t was at Cheltenham beating Tiger Roll which was a great trial for the Grand National and Fiddlerontheroof is the I think could be the best of the Brits.

Loved how he traveled to Newbury in the Ladbrokes Trophy then took a break before returning to Ascot behind Fortescue. But I think Fiddlerontheroof will have the pace to travel in a good position and I think with that Ascot race under his belt he could have improved for the Grand National.


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