King for a day
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The Grand National gives us the chance to pick up some incredibly talented horses at very generous odds. While the high number of entrants and long-distance trip increases the risks, tighter regulations surrounding fences have given adequate jumpers a far better chance of completion.
Shutthefrontdoor jumped terribly in his only 4m trip to date but still finished a commendable 6th and only 3 ¼ lengths from the winner. He looks the type to stay all day but will have to keep his jumping tidy if he’s to make it round here.
One ultra-consistent jumper over fences is last year’s fifth, Rocky Creek, who’s only poor outing came in November when never settling. He had Godsmejudge over 30 lengths behind him that day which is quite a gulf,although the latter should be far closer over this 4m 3 ½ furlong trip.
Balthazar King certainly won’t struggle over this distance having finished as runner-up here a year ago and the 3lbs rise should be easily overcome. He has almost exclusively been run over marathon distances in recent years and the 11 year old is fancied to go mightily close again with a big run anticipated.
The reigning champion, Pineau De Re, comes here looking to defend his crown but does so in uninspiring form. After a long lay-off following his success 12 months ago, he has returned over distances which haven’t tested him stamina-wise and it looks unlikely he’ll be able to take this in his current mood.
While Unioniste makes a significant step up in trip, he has always looked as though he has plenty in tank without ever having the pace to challenge over 3 miles. He was sired by Dom Alco who was responsible for producing 2012 Grand National winner,Neptune Collonges,and many of his relatives seem to come into their own over the longer distances. Undoubtedly talented, he looks a great place prospect but may have to wait another year before bringing home the winner’s trophy.