Grand National - At The Races

Four for the National: Josh Apiafi

RAMSES DE TEILLEE is my main fancy for this year’s National for the bang in form David Pipe yard. After winning over three miles at Chepstow at the beginning of December, connections thought he may struggle to stay the 3m5f trip of the Coral Welsh National and he was ridden with that in mind. He ran a fantastic race to finish second, showing that he has bags of stamina in the locker!

He should have won last time out in the Grand National trial at Haycock but was left in front too soon and was nabbed on the line. I was down at Pond House last week and alongside his owner John White, watched him school over the Grand National fences that Aintree had set up down there. He attacked them with relish and off 10st 9lb this seven-year-old has a great racing weight.

PLEASANT COMPANY is the forgotten horse of last year. He was a head away from capturing racing’s most famous prize under David Mullins who has already tasted National glory in his short career. He gets an extra 2lb off Tiger Roll this year and he travelled so well throughout last year’s race, popping away and really enjoying himself.

The only real mistake he made was at a crucial time, the second last, where Tiger Roll capitalised on it. I think he’s a fantastic each-way bet at around 25/1.

The only thing you can dislike about hot favourite TIGER ROLL is his price! He’s every owner’s dream being cheaply bought and ending up a four-time Cheltenham Festival winner and landing the 2018 Randox Grand National!

He’ll run another smashing race for sure - but you can only keep going to the well a certain amount of times. With this being a handicap, I think he might find one or two better off at the ratings. Remember weight stops trains!

VINTAGE CLOUDS is looking to give his evergreen owner Trevor Hemmings a fourth Grand National in his famous white, green and yellow silks. A nice low weight, trained by a couple that know more about getting a horse to jump than anyone else in the game, Sue and Harvey Smith, and ridden by one of the top northern jockeys in Danny Cook.

I can see him in the winners' enclosure, but he might lack that bit of class to actually triumph in the million pound event.

Josh’s Four for the National

  • RAMSES DE TEILLEE
  • PLEASANT COMPANY
  • TIGER ROLL
  • VINTAGE CLOUDS