The Geek’s Grand National Day Two Tips
The Geek is hoping that Friday 13th is unlucky for the bookies. Therefore, he has five TV Tips for the second day of the Aintree Grand National Meeting.
Global Citizen was an expensive purchase from the point-to-point field and can hopefully give ITV Racing watchers a winning start to Ladies Dat at Aintree. His pink and purple colours should make him a favourite with the ladies, and he has a favourite’s chance after his impressive win at Kempton last time. Connections opted to sidestep Cheltenham and save him for this race and they can, hopefully, be rewarded with victory here in the hands of Daryl Jacob who was in great form on Thursday.
Global Citizen win @ 3.25 Black Type, PaddyPower
Black Corton could only finish fifth in the RSA at Cheltenham but could be really suited by Aintree as Bryony Frost is good at getting him into the sort of rhythm that should suit this test. His stamina is assured unlike that of possible favourite Terrefort and he looks a sporting each-way bet.
Black Corton each-way @ 8.50 Bet365, PaddyPower
The Melling Chase may only have six runners but it’s a fascinating contest featuring Champion Chase second and fourth Min and Politologue, Ryanair Chase winner and third Balko Des Flos and Cloudy Dream, and Grand Annual winner La Prezien. Min looks the best horse in the field and has won his only start at this trip. However, if he doesn’t prove the strongest of stayers, Balko Des Flos looks capable of exploiting any lack of stamina.
Balko Des Flos win @ 3.25 Bet365, PaddyPower
Flying Angel was rated 150 over fences when he won over regulation fences at last year’s meeting and he had the likes of Cloudy Dream, Top Notch, and Frodon Behind that day. He’s not had the best of seasons but, if wind surgery has brought him back to his best, he could prove a great bet over the National fences off a mark of 148.
Flying Angel each-way @ 15.00 WilliamHill (5 places)
The McCain family have a strong affinity with Aintree as Donald McCain and his legendary dad Ginger McCain have won the Grand National five times between them. Therefore, though Uppertown Prince has quite a lot to find with the horses that ran well in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham, he looks an each-way bet as he looks sure to enjoy the step up to this trip.
Uppertown Prince each-way @ 51.00 PaddyPower, Betfair (3 places)