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FARCLAS (5.15) can continue Ireland’s recent stranglehold on the Randox Grand National at Aintree.

Horses trained across the water have finished first, second and third in the last two renewals and Farclas comes into the race on the back of an excellent second to The Shunter at Cheltenham. The grey would have finished closer to that classy winner but for some scrimmaging on the home bend and he has an attractive racing weight perched on 10st 3lb.

Farclas landed the 2018 Triumph Hurdle (a race won by Tiger Roll), so stamina is more a concern than natural speed over this gruelling 4m 2f examination.

Cloth Cap is officially a stone ‘well in’ and is the proverbial handicap snip, but with 30 fences to negotiate safely against 39 rivals, odds of around 9-2 will not appeal to once-a-year punters.

That said, it is worth recalling that Tiger Roll was a skinny 4-1 winner and Cloth Cap’s lucky owner Trevor Hemmings has won the race three times already, with Hedgehunter, Ballabriggs and Many Clouds.

In the last five Nationals only Tiger Roll and Many Clouds have shouldered more than 11st to victory. Bristol De Mai is lumbered with top weight this year and with good reason, having won three Betfair Chases at Haydock, most recently when beating class act Clan Des Obeaux in 2020. The popular grey can give a bold account.

JP McManus launches a seven-pronged attack, headed by Any Second Now, winner of the 3m 2f Kim Muir Chase at Cheltenham in 2019. He looked good when landing a Grade 2 at Navan last time and his trainer, Ted Walsh, sent out Papillon to land a gamble in 2001.

At bigger odds, Anibale Fly, fifth in 2019 and fourth 12 months earlier, could hit the frame again off a lower mark, while Kimberlite Candy has twice sailed over the National fences when running very well in two Grand Sefton Chases over a shorter distance. Stamina didn’t look an issue when he landed the 3m 5f Warwick Classic.

The Storyteller is another Irish challenger with good credentials. He has won 11 races and finished in front of subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Minella Indo when second in the Irish Gold Cup in February.

Master trainer Willie Mullins saddles second-favourite Burrows Saint and Rachael Blackmore gets the leg up on fancied Minella Times.

There was a shock 150-1 winner of the Irish Grand National on Easter Monday and bookies will be looking for another ‘skinner’ around tea-time on Merseyside. Dream on!

Five against the field: Farclas, Cloth Cap, Kimberlite Candy, Bristol De Mai, Anibale Fly.

BALLYADAM (2.25) was put firmly in his place by brilliant Appreciate It in the ‘Supreme’ at Cheltenham but goes up in trip in the 2m 4f Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle.

Ireland has another live chance with Dreal Deal, winner of his last four races for Ronan McNally. He belied his 22-1 starting price when quickening smartly to bag a Grade 2 at Punchestown in January.

My Drogo is on a four-timer for Dan and Harry Skelton and made light work of his rivals in a Grade 2 contest at Kelso last month.

HAPPYGOLUCKY (4.15) can provide some Grand National punting ammunition by landing the 3m 1f Betway Handicap Chase.

Kim Bailey’s seven-year-old was strongly fancied for the Ultima Handicap Chase over the same distance at Cheltenham but found one too good in re-vitalised Vintage Clouds.

Snow Leopardess, fourth to Galvin in the National Hunt Chase over 3m 6f, is a sure-footed jumper and can outrun his big price under champion jockey Brian Hughes. Cloudy Glen, sporting the Hemmings colours, ran second to Mount Ida over 3m 2f at Cheltenham and comes into the reckoning along with consistent Spiritofthegames.

Ireland won the mares’ bumper here on Thursday and THE GOSSIPER (6.20) is well worth a look in the male equivalent. After falling on both his point-to-point starts, The Gossiper was heavily backed on bumper debut for Emmet Mullins at Wexford 31 days ago and duly did the business. Nicky Henderson’s Balco Coastal seems sure to give favourite backers a run for their money.

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Distance: 2m
Type: Hurdle
Class: 3
Track: Turf
Impulsive One

Painless Potter

Knight Salute

Rhebus Road

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Distance: 5f 205y
Type: Flat
Track: Turf
Impulsive One

Painless Potter

Knight Salute

Rhebus Road

12:20 Cork - Race: 1
Distance: 2m 4f 100y
Type: Hurdle
Track: Turf
Mollys Glory

Chicago Time

Frontier General

Family Business

Mahlers Dollar

Babylon Beach

Coconut Tudor


Will You Win

Hardy Bloke

Kells Priory

Falcon Park

Shamror Lass


Ten Minutes

  1. dazzman1979 6 months ago

    1:15 – Newcastle- Tara mill – 7/2

    1:00- Chepstow – polydora 13/2

    2:25 Aintree – Dreal deal – 6/1

    4:35 Chepstow- Atjima 11/4

    • dazzman1979 6 months ago

      Grand national – Milan native 33/1 e/w

    • dazzman1979 6 months ago

      Tara mill non runner so will replace with my old friend outrage 2:00 Lingfield @ 5/2

    • dazzman1979 6 months ago

      One down 3 to go 🤞

  2. theplug 6 months ago

    Whirling dervish 12/1
    Ballyadam 3/1 NB
    Thyme Hill 9/4 Nap

    Magic of light 14/1
    Discorama 14/1

  3. double carpet 6 months ago

    1.45 Whirling Dervish 11/1 ew 5 places
    The only Irish horse in the race and we all know how well they have been doing so far. Won lto and like others I’m sure he’s not just come over for the views.

    2.25 My Drogo
    As I said on Thursday, the skeltons have a poor record at this festival. They’ve had 1 winner so far (by default imo, the Shunter should have won) but its a winner nonetheless and while this isn’t a confident pick, on known form My Drogo wins. I cant have Ballyadam the way the HDB horses are running, and I don’t think Dreal Deal is good enough.
    My Drogo beat Do Your Job by 9L lto and he has franked the form finishing 2nd yesterday and that is the best form in the race.

    3.35 Thyme Hill 5/2
    This horse owes me big time. Was sick when he got taken out of the stayers, I had him at 14/1. I want my money back.!!!
    He will enjoy the ground and should be good enough if he’s fully recovered.
    But I’m also having a saver on Lisnagar Oscar. The booking of Rachael Blackmore catches the eye and was going well in the stayers before falling.

    4.15 I think this is as hard to work out as the National, I’m going with the bottom weight Calipso Collonges at 20/1 4 places for Olly murphy. I was a bit unlucky with Copperless who fell when cantering yesterday but his yard are going well.

    Grand National

    I put my selections up earlier in the week and here they are.

    Any Second Now 10/1
    Won the Kim Muir in 2019 and would have gone here last year but for the lockdown. His mark has been protected but once the weights came out he decides to hack up albeit over 2m beating Castlegrace Paddy by 10L who came within 1/2L of winning last time at fairyhouse.
    Although that win was 2m, it was the manner of victory that I was impressed with.
    He has to prove he stays this distance and is by Oscar who hasn’t sired a winner of the race as of yet (0-16). but hopefully Ted has him ready for this.

    Magic of Light 20/1 ew

    Only for a mistake at the last 2 years ago would she have won? Debatable, but ran really well. Likes to be up with the pace which is a big advantage in this race. 5lbs higher but definitely has ew claims.

    Taking Risks 40/1 ew

    Scottish National winner, had Cloth Cap 4L back in 3rd that day and is only 1lb worse off. Good jumper and won’t mind conditions either.


    • MattECFC 6 months ago

      Hi dc u doing a place Acca again today ?

    • winners are grinners 6 months ago

      Rarely do horses. Did 2 today mr drogo and thyme hill.

      Picked from your write up so cheers 👌🍺
      Normally interesting write up when i pop over to this thread, helpful!

    • winners are grinners 6 months ago

      My drogo *

  4. theplug 6 months ago


    1-45 Whirling Dervish 12/1
    2-25 Ballyadam 3/1
    3-35 Thyme Hill 9/4

    Magic of light 14/1
    Discorama 14/1

  5. tinmantim 6 months ago


    1-45 Whirling Dervish 12/1
    2-25 Ballyadam 3/1
    3-35 Thyme Hill 9/4

    Magic of light 14/1
    Discorama 14/1

    • tinmantim 6 months ago

      Must be a glitch never posted these but good luck with them

      My fancy is taking risks who I tipped up to win last time out at 40/1 ,it’s currently getting backed down to as low as 12/1 ,won the Scottish national in 2019 and beat cloth cap that day

  6. Marcusj 6 months ago

    Grand National
    Acapella Bourgeois
    Shattered Love

    1:15 Newc Erne River
    1:25 Ling Requited
    2:25 Aint Adrimel e/w
    3:00 Aint Funambule Sivola e/w
    4:15 Aint Mr Whipped e/w

  7. heisenberg 6 months ago

    🇫🇷 France again today

    Three French fancies

    Shall Ali
    EVS NANTES. 09:50

    AUTEUIL. 14:30

    AUTEUIL. 16:50

    Trxie for these 3 🐴

    GLIYF 🍀

  8. Gateacre Pete 6 months ago

    Morning all. Well done to all the winners yesterday. I see Charlie’s Glance is running again today ( Aintree 6.20). but not at the odds we got last time, far from it. 12/1 now. Was 33/1 last night, so I’ve well and truly missed the boat this time.
    But there one at Dundalk 1.10 that might outrun his odds. Nepalaise has a speedy pedigree and could be worth an ew extra @ 150/1 & 70/1 down to 5th place GL

    • dazzman1979 6 months ago

      Cheers for that one peter 👍

  9. New123 6 months ago

    Sub Lieutenant 5.15 50/1 e/w

    • New123 6 months ago

      Barnaviddaun 1.45 9/1 e/w

  10. de niro 6 months ago

    Another day another dollar – if only 😞

    Champagne Platinum 9/1. Various 2 points win
    If the cap fits 22/1 unibet 2 points win
    Johnbb 12/1 ( can’t not back this with all due reference )
    1 point win
    Grand National
    Discorama 22/1 bet 365 5 points e/way
    Class Conti 50/1 various 2 point win

    Good luck 🍀 everyone today 👍😀

  11. double carpet 6 months ago

    Place accum
    All prices with pp

    Whirling Dervish 13/8 5 places
    Dreal Deal 4 places 10/11
    Thyme Hill 4/6 3 places
    Happygolucky 4/7 5 places
    Taking Risks 5/4 top 10 finish
    The Gossiper 8/15 4 places


  12. spurs55 6 months ago

    Afternoon all

    Bol today
    Start with Amanto first race lingfield 🙏

  13. admin 6 months ago

    Hi all,

    It would be really great if we could fill out the Grand National Sweepstake. We’re trying to raise some extra funds for our two charities in honour of Mr Fixit (Paul).

    It’s £10 to enter with half of all money collected going to charity.

    We’ve 10 entries confirmed so far so still another 30 to go.

    Enter here;

    Good luck 👍

  14. dazzman1979 6 months ago

    12:55 Lingfield- Amanto 20/1 e/w

  15. postman 6 months ago

    Well done to all the winners yesterday. Good luck to all trainers, jockeys and stable staff today in the GRAND NATIONAL. Hope all your horses and riders come back safe.

    1:40 Dundalk – Too Bright * each way punt * 12/1
    3:20 Chepstow – Dancingwith Storms * each way punt * 11/2
    4:15 Auteuil – Docteur De Ballon *** NAP *** 6/5
    4:25 Lingfield – Laffan ** NB ** 4/5
    Grand National pin landed on BLAKLION 50/1 6 places.

    BOL 🍀

  16. elvis parsley 6 months ago

    2-25 my drogo 15-8.

    3-00 Elvis mail
    2-1 betting without shiskin and gumball

    3-35 thyme hill 5-2
    Big worry here is stable out of form but should be fresher than most of these if 100% fit.

    • elvis parsley 6 months ago

      2 wins and a faller (naughty Elvis) 🏇

  17. insider 6 months ago

    my grand national pick will be up around 5:30. in the mean time let’s keep busstop happy and post the winner.

    • busstop.2018 6 months ago

      lol like most on here insider i now ignore you Looks like your losing once again cos thats when you start trouble causing for no reason .

      I wish you good luck

      Please just get on with your own things talk correctly to whoever you wish and ignore who you dont wish to talk with

      quite simple and the thread will be good

    • Wildhorse 6 months ago

      Who is Insider ?

    • insider 6 months ago

      if you think what i said was trouble making then sheeeeeesh lighten up, follow your own advice,, if you can’t ignore a harmless comment there is really no need to tell us about, save it for your diary.

    • busstop.2018 6 months ago

      So why even mention my name ??
      Pretty obvious isn’t it

    • insider 6 months ago

      whether ”joking” or not, after the gold cup, you said it was worrying the thread didnt pick the winner, despite absolutely smashing the week. so as i joke, i told the thread to pick the winner else you’ll be complaining again, hardly something to get so worked up over my little favourite backer.

  18. dazzman1979 6 months ago

    Cheers polydora 👊

    • skyfly 6 months ago

      Well done and TY.

  19. Wildhorse 6 months ago

    Final Antree


    R. 4 – Thyme Hill

    R. 5 – Happygolucky


    R. 1 – Come on Teddy

    R. 2 – Minella Drama

    Grand National

    Cloth Cap / EW & Bristol de Mai

    Placed :: Discorama & Minella Times

    G Luck

    • Wildhorse 6 months ago

      Moneytime $$$


      Thyme Hill

      Happygolucky :)

    • dazzman1979 6 months ago


  20. busstop.2018 6 months ago

    Afternoon all Well done yesterdays winners . 3 winners myself for a great day .

    Tough day today but got to have a go especially at the national.


    14.10. Obey The Rules.

    16.00. .Bolving


    16.10. .Defi Sacre

    17.30. .Mcgarry


    14.25. .Ballyadam

    16.15. .Sam Brown





    Placed my bets a lot earier so not looked at latest prices

    GL ALL

    • elvis parsley 6 months ago

      At least you had the NATIONAL winner.
      Not a sniff with my 4 😁😁😁

  21. penandes 6 months ago

    13.45 – Come on Teddy Back


  22. skyfly 6 months ago

    The football thread is putting this one to shame on the charity sweepstake.

    If you can afford it then have a go all.

    We get so much out of this page and it’s a good opportunity give sonething back. 😀

  23. dazzman1979 6 months ago

    2:10 Chepstow- no worries 8/1

  24. Jjboy 6 months ago

    Money day today…
    Funambule sivola… 15:00 ain
    Lisnagar Oscar… 15:35 ain
    Hold the note… 16:15 ain
    Taking risks… 17:15 ain
    Highland hunter…. 15:35 uttox
    Rosmuc relay.. 17:15 uttox
    EW lucky 63

  25. elvis parsley 6 months ago

    Do you believe in fairy tales ??.
    Ryan mania former national winner who retired for 5 years due to personal problems was due to ride a few at Newcastle today, gets a phone call asking him to ride definitely red in the national. He is now on his way there.

    No chance probably, good horse in his day but 12 now, would be a great Redemption story

  26. insider 6 months ago

    Diol Ker 10/1 4 places a punt if there ever was. you’re welcome.

    • dazzman1979 6 months ago

      I’m on that one trying to chase a bit of value and you never know with the Irish ha

    • insider 6 months ago

      magic of light will win it back for us :D / me

      on the borgeoius too

    • insider 6 months ago

      oh all the gin joints in play 25/1 :D why not

  27. thestigno1 6 months ago

    Thyme hill – best race I’ve seen in a long time brilliant performance
    Had it on with my droygo double
    Finally some profit for me been on a crap run for a while
    So it was nice to win the double on national day 😊

    Burrows saint
    Cloth cap
    A Capella bourgies this one 25/1 E/W
    All in the national

  28. elvis parsley 6 months ago

    1. Burrows Saint
    2. Cloth cap (if there were no Irish horses here this is Rick solid, but they’re here 🇮🇪)
    3.taking risks (on at 40-1)
    4.potters corner (will be staying on when others wave the white flag, if it was soft could win)

    Class conti 66-1

    All ew 7 places

    • dazzman1979 6 months ago


  29. recoba 6 months ago

    Couple of £s on the Grand National as always but I’ve never had a penny back I’m pretty sure.

    Tracker horse I love in the USA and another that’s popped up after 2 good wins

    Oaklawn Park -R6…Franks Rockette .6/4.(*****)

    Some record since he started and just keeps getting better so I’m jumping on the 6/4 before it goes.
    Double with Golden Gates -R9…Away from the Sun EVS(1.09 am but 😓)

    Pays 4/1 Bet365

    GL rest of the day gents I might do one or 2 earlier after I get a better look

    Grand National is always grand winners or not.

    • recoba 6 months ago

      Gulfstream-R3. Mutafarreq. 13/2. Skybet (**)
      Kneeland-R7. Night Ops. 5/4.

      Can add both to my above fir a small Yankee.

      GL all 🇺🇸🐎

    • recoba 6 months ago

      Franks Rockette was “1 second off the course record” 3 starts back I’ve wrote in my tracker I think it will take a big improver to beat him and he’s not done himself I’m sure.

    • recoba 6 months ago

      Swine Franks Rockette left yourself to much to do?? 👎

      All on Away The Suns head now 4/11 but I’m taking nothing for granted and at 1.08am I’ll TRY watch it.
      Rule 4 in now obviously but I’ll take it!!

  30. admin 6 months ago

    Only 27 entries to the Sweepstake where we were raising money for Mr Fixit’s charities.

    Thanks to those that entered. Draw has now been made;

  31. insider 6 months ago

    BALLYTOPTIC to defy all logic

  32. double carpet 6 months ago

    Congrats to Rachael Blackmore first lady winner and deserves it.
    Paddy Power had a special 40/1 Ireland to have the first 4 in the national……..did I take it….no !!!

    • dazzman1979 6 months ago

      What a bummer :-( thought you would of been all over that one

    • wn 6 months ago

      Kevin Blake flagged this up at 50s but by the time I saw it, it was 16s and declined, gutted I missed it, they had first 5 available at 50s at the time so that must have been closer to 100 earlier in the day!

    • double carpet 6 months ago

      Yeah dazz just didn’t think it would happen but something seriously needs to be done about the UK NH scene. They’re getting battered by the Irish. As I said on yesterday’s thread Cloth Cap was never a stone well in. He’s now stuck with a rating of 162 and will never win a race off that mark.

    • busstop.2018 6 months ago

      Well done Rachael Blackmore . History made today.

      saved my day as well.

      GL ALL

    • Crawmeister 6 months ago

      Kevin Blake is in the AT class

    • Crawmeister 6 months ago

      Big deal for racing’s image and empowerment of women at large.
      For those inside racing it’s no big deal. Blackmore is regarded as one of the best. Sex is irrelevant.

  33. spurs55 6 months ago

    Not really surprised
    Rachel’s done it all now
    What a few weeks she has had

    Go girl ✅✅✅

    • recoba 6 months ago

      Yeah seems simple now Spurs55 after the year her and trainer have had 👏

    • spurs55 6 months ago

      Yeah easy now recoba
      Not surprised as I said.

      All the women in my space this morning said as you might expect, back a female jockey so I backed Rachel.pretty obvious now knowing what’s gone before!!
      50p on her ride now as well

  34. elvis parsley 6 months ago

    🇮🇪 Ireland had 10 of first 11 finishers.
    Another dark day for the UK scene.
    Great story with bromhead and Blackmore creating history, well done them and great for racings image after all that Elliott stuff.

    Any fancy owt in the lucky last ?.

    That’s it for decent racing until punchestown.

  35. double carpet 6 months ago

    Had a good day so, Everyone’s a FRUIT AND NUT case, in the lucky last.
    28/1 4 places

  36. elvis parsley 6 months ago

    Sharp suited 6-45 Wolverhampton.

    12-1 ew extra 3 places.

    9-2 betting without golden rules and rajinsky

    • elvis parsley 6 months ago

      3rd 🏇

  37. dazzman1979 6 months ago

    7:15 Wolverhampton- maple jack – 6/1

    7:45 Wolverhampton- heptathlete 2/1

    8:15 Wolverhampton- muftakker 5/2

    Treble treble 👍

    • Crawmeister 6 months ago

      Thrown in Justin Thomas for Masters for a small Lucky 15 for a grand.

    • dazzman1979 6 months ago

      Ill buy that for a dollar 😁

    • dazzman1979 6 months ago

      Chuck in billy joe and Canelo to draw at 20/1 might be worth a go ha

    • Crawmeister 6 months ago

      Canelo draw at 20/1 not a bad bet
      Judges will never have Canelo as a loser.

  38. Crawmeister 6 months ago

    When it comes to sport generally the UK is an embarrassment. Always shown up by countries who punch above their weight ie. Ireland, South Africa, Australia etc
    I know in racing it’s about money but something needs to be done.

  39. recoba 6 months ago

    Joint 3rd favourites for Golden Gates R9 have just pulled out and Away The Sun is now 4/11 bit
    Skybet haven’t clicked and he’s still EVENS!
    Probably need to be quick.
    Only 2nd fav exposes to even threaten now for me.

  40. elvis parsley 6 months ago

    Bangu Atlético Clube
    Brazilian Campeonato Carioca

    bangu to score 7-4 (HILLS)

    Side bet BTTS 9-4 (hills)

    Huge price which reflects current form and club status but the head to head in the last 3 years is the reason for this.
    Bangu scored in 5 of last 6 h2h, only meeting here last September was.
    Portuguesa 0 bangu 2.

    These 2 finished in 5th and 6th in their serie D group the season just finished do match odds of Portuguese 1-5 win and bangu to net 7-4 look way over the odds.


    • elvis parsley 6 months ago

      Wrong thread sorry racing guys ❌

    • dazzman1979 6 months ago

      I’m sure it will win haha 😂

    • elvis parsley 6 months ago

      Bangu scored after 5 minutes 👍
      Let’s hope the 1-5 home team score for the side bet…🇧🇷

    • elvis parsley 6 months ago

      1-1 half time 🇧🇷👍

  41. elvis parsley 6 months ago

    Shame on William hills and bet365.
    The only tight arse major bookies who were paying only 5 places.

    Well done Boyle sports the only one paying 7 places 👍👍

  42. Helmk 6 months ago

    True but B365 had the offer of 50percent of your ew stake back, win or lose

    • dazzman1979 6 months ago

      I’ll buy that for a dollar !!!


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