Nick Shiambouros hit the ground running yesterday when both his selections won at Aintree yielding a healthy 10.48 point profit. Our man returns with a Grand National selection and one from the opening race at Aintree...
"This eight-year-old is improving with racing and could go close with a clear round"
13:45 Aintree - If In Doubt
If In Doubt should go very close in this competitive contest.
Last time out at Cheltenham in the Pertemps Network Final he finished a closing third to Mall Dini. He met a fair bit of interference in the closing stages, and was a little unlucky not to finish closer. I thought that was a super effort considering it was his first run of the New Year.
He is entitled to move forward, and is attractively priced at 5.79/2 on the exchange.
The Tony Martin trained Mydor is well worth a mention. Last time out at Fairyhouse he finished third to Just Cause. He kept on well in the closing stages and was not beaten all that far.
This stable has landed many big prizes over the years and must merit consideration. He is trading at 11.521/2 on the exchange but could trade shorter at post time.
17:15 Aintree - The Last Samuri
The Last Samuri is my idea of the winner of this historic race.
This gelding finished his National preparation with a victory at Doncaster last month. He jumped very well throughout the extended three mile affair and was geared down in the closing stages to score easily from The Druids Nephew.
This eight-year-old is improving with racing and could go close with a clear round. He is currently trading at 12.5 on the exchange and I have backed him at this price.
The Druids Nephew fell five from home when travelling well in this race last year and must be respected. This race has been his target for some time, and is reasonably priced at 18.017/1.
Many Clouds won this race last year and looks sure to make a bold bid. He appears to be handicapped to the hilt, but is a sound jumper and has a touch of class. The last horse to win this race two years in a row was Red Rum. Enough said.
Saturday's Recommended Bets
Back If In Doubt in the 14:45 at Aintree
Back The Last Samuri in the 17:15 at Aintree
Weekly P/L +10.48