Back mullins at 100-1

Paul Jacobs picks some Grand Na­tional out­siders

Racing Ahead - - PAUL JACOBS -

All eyes now turn to Ain­tree for the great­est race in the world,the Crab­bies Grand Na­tional,an event I have a nat­u­ral affin­ity for as it is staged in my home city.

It also holds a spe­cial place in my heart purely for punt­ing rea­sons hav­ing yielded mas­sive suc­cess for me through the years in­clud­ing the tri cast way back in 2008 when Com­ply Or Die beat Kings John Cas­tle and Snowy Morn­ing,a re­sult which fur­ther tested my pro­fes­sional out­look on air as I had to com­men­tate on the race on ra­dio!

Of course since then the make-up and shape of the race has changed com­pletely with bet­ter class horses be­ing al­lowed to take their chance on ac­count of the huge prize money and eas­ier lay-out of the course.

It is hard to get away from last year’s su­perb win­ner Many Clouds fol­low­ing his lat­est suc­cess at Kelso es­pe­cially as he races off just a 5lbs higher mark and I sus­pect he will start at around 6/1, so the cur­rent best of­fer of 9/1 for Oliver Sher­wood’s charge is not to be sniffed at.

It was good to see Sil­vini­aco Conti bounce back to form in the As­cot Chase, jump­ing with great ac­cu­racy and at speed and if he takes to the track he, too, has solid claims,get­ting 2lbs from Sher­wood’s horse es­pe­cially granted some give in the ground which seems a given th­ese days.

So it is purely from a value stand­point, and for no other rea­son, that I will look else­where for an in­vest­ment in the form of TUR­BAN forWil­lie Mullins and the novice ONENIGHT­IN­VI­ENNA.

The for­mer is best known as a two miler on soft ground in Ire­land, but was in the process of run­ning a cracker in last year’s Topham in fifth place and stay­ing on when com­ing to grief at the third last.

Since then he has shown fur­ther ev­i­dence that stay­ing could very well be his game when a run­ning third over three miles in the Bob­byjo Chase and I sim­ply like his pro­file.

Of course, he could be a bla­tant non stayer over an ex­tended four miles but a top price of 100/1 means we don’t need to in­vest an aw­ful lot of the hard earned to have an in­ter­est.

Onenight­in­vi­enna has al­ways been re­garded as a Na­tional horse by Philip Hobbs and his per­for­mances this sea­son have done noth­ing to dis­suade me from that view.

For such an in­ex­pe­ri­enced horse (four starts over fences) it is al­ready ap­par­ent that his sound jump­ing makes him a prime can­di­date for this race as does his strong gal­lop­ing style.

The seven-year-old’s run be­hind Vyta Du Roc in the Reynold­stown Chase can be safely for­got­ten as he went way too quickly from a very early stage, pushed to race from half­way by Dru­ma­coo.

Granted a more pa­tient ride I can see this son of Os­car pick­ing his el­ders off one by one and a mark of 149 looks too much for me to re­sist as does the 40/1 gen­er­ally avail­able.

As far as the Bet­way Lin­coln is con­cerned (April 2) have a se­cond look at Godol­phin’s SE­CRET BRIEF.

A clos­ing third be­hind Far­low over seven fur­longs at the track last back­end,he has since run well over a mile at Mey­dan and a mark of 100 looks pretty en­tic­ing at hugely in­flated odds of 33/1

Ruby Walsh on Tur­ban

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