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post Apr 9 2021, 08:58 AM
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9 ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS (FR) 11 10 12 Willie Mullins IRE Danny Mullins 33/1


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If we’re talking up Burrows Saint as a National contender we have to acknowledge the claims of stablemate Acapella Bourgeois, too. After all, Acapella Bourgeois was third to Burrows Saint in the Irish National – beaten seven-and-a-quarter lengths when giving him 6lb – and then last time in the Bobbyjo he kept on really well when beating the same horse by four and three quarter lengths when giving him 6lb. It’s hard to understand the price discrepancy between the two considering those two pieces of form in isolation, but Acapella Bourgeois is the more exposed and is 0/7 in handicaps.
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post Apr 9 2021, 08:59 AM
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5 DEFINITLY RED (IRE) 12 11 1 Brian Ellison. Henry Brooke 40/1


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His chance for National glory may have been and gone. Sent off 10/1 in 2017, Brian Ellison’s horse was 10lb well in after bolting up in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster the previous month, but he never recovered after being badly hampered at Becher’s Brook on the first circuit and was pulled up before Valentine’s. Fourth in the 2019 Becher after that, he has not been at his best this season although his fourth in the bet365 Premier Chase at Kelso last time was better. Beaten 12-and-a-half lengths by Cloth Cap off level weights that day, he now has to give him 10lb.
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post Apr 9 2021, 09:01 AM
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17 ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR) 11 10 9 Denise Foster IRE. Jody McGarvey 66/1


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It’s six years since Alpha Des Obeaux fell in the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at this meeting when going well in the renewal won by Thistlecrack. It’s three years since he fell in the Grand National when he and Rachael Blackmore failed to negotiate The Chair. Falling both times he has been to this meeting is not a great start, but he did at least complete the Becher Chase course when third in the 2019 renewal and he ran okay in fourth behind Tiger Roll in the Cross Country at Cheltenham last time. He handles better ground well and might need a real stamina test these days, so he’s not the hopeless outsider his odds suggest he is - even though plenty of his rivals have far more compelling claims.
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post Apr 9 2021, 09:02 AM
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15 ANY SECOND NOW (IRE) 9 10 9 Ted Walsh IRE Mark Walsh 10/1


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Has been well backed into second-favouritism for Ted Walsh who won the Grand National with son Ruby 21 years ago thanks to Papillon. Fell at the eighth fence in Burrows Saint’s Irish National so he does have his stamina to prove although he looked a strong stayer when landing the 3m2f Kim Muir at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival. Hadn’t shown much this season until bursting into life over two miles at Navan after the weights were released, a timely return to form that sees him 3lb well in here.
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post Apr 9 2021, 09:03 AM
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31 CANELO (IRE) 8 10 4 Alan King. Tom Bellamy 33/1


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Alan King’s Canelo has improved this season for the application of cheekpieces and has won twice, bolting up here on the Mildmay course in the first-time sheepskin in November before beating Snow Leopardess in the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby on Boxing Day off a 12lb higher mark. They are the hallmarks of a progressive steeplechaser, but his improvement has somewhat plateaued in two runs at Doncaster this year, with his Sky Bet Chase fourth followed up by a third in the Grimthorpe. He traded at a low of 1.73 in-running on Betfair in that latest run, but was outbattled in the run for the line and that does raise questions as to whether he’s got the mettle for a race like this.
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20 SHATTERED LOVE (IRE) 10 10 7 Denise Foster IRE. Kevin Sexton 40/1


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By Yeats, who had four winners at the Cheltenham Festival thanks to Flooring Porter, Chantry House, Mount Ida and Heaven Help Us. Shattered Love did her best to make it five for the four-time Ascot Gold Cup-winning stallion, but had to settle for third in the end behind Colreevy and Elimay in the inaugural Mares’ Chase, form that has already been boosted by the runner-up. That suggests she is currently operating at near as dammit her very best level, but she was pulled up in the 2019 Irish National and does have her stamina – and aptitude for big-field races – to prove.
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34 FARCLAS (FR) 7 10 3 Denise Foster IRE. Jack Kennedy 20/1


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Would’ve won at the Cheltenham Festival but for being absolutely Shuntered in the Paddy Power Plate, but he proved himself a progressive young chaser there, nonetheless, and he’s 6lb well in off a mark of 146 in the National (on BHA ratings). Pulled hard on his only attempt at three miles, so big stamina query with him at this stage of his career and the Topham on Friday might've been a better option.
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39 AMI DESBOIS (FR) 11 10 2 Graeme McPherson Kielan Woods 100/1


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It’s been a long time between drinks for Ami Desbois, as well. Graeme McPherson’s 11-year-old is on a losing run of 15, but six of those races have seen him finish second and he’s far from ungenuine. Indeed, on his penultimate start, his usually dependable jumping – a trait that should see him take to the Aintree fences well – let him down at the last and were it not for that he may well have held on to beat Double Shuffle at Kempton. A 4lb rise after that has made things more difficult for him, but at least it has helped him get in the National. He could give Kielan Woods a great spin at big odds.
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8 MAGIC OF LIGHT (IRE) 10 10 13 Jessica Harrington IRE Robbie Power 20/1


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Raced keenly and made mistakes at The Chair and at the last when a very game runner-up to Tiger Roll in the 2019 National at odds of 66/1. That proved she had the tools for a stamina test but she has been largely kept to trips of around three miles subsequently and even dropped back to 2m4f for the inaugural Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase at Cheltenham where she was outpaced. She’s 5lb higher in the weights now than when she was second two years ago, but with no Tiger Roll in the field she arguably brings the best National form to the table. She will need the Aintree factor to kick in, though, as she needs to improve on recent efforts to figure here.
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I have split the £5 I had in my Bet365 account with £3 on Shattered Love and £2 on Kimberlite Candy. Still the only time I've actually got a winner in one of these I didn't actually put any money on them lel xx
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post Apr 9 2021, 10:23 PM
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If anyone betting on the race, a suggestion, take the price is currently as odds will drift dramatically throughout the day.
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Result

1st Minella Times 11-1 (Riser)
2nd Balko Des Flos 100-1 (dobbo)
3rd Any Second Now 15-2 (PeteFromLeeds)
4th Burrows Saint 9-1 (Houdini)
5th Farclas 16-1 (King Rollo)

Congratulations to Riser on winning the 2021 Buzzjack Grand National Sweepstake.

Many thanks to everyone who took part.
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post Apr 10 2021, 04:58 PM
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Farclas had a good run and was easy to pick out as it's grey.
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Well done Riser! cheer.gif
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post Apr 10 2021, 11:44 PM
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Oh wow! How exciting party2.gif

Thanks for doing this, Mack!
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post Apr 11 2021, 08:54 AM
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Ahh should have stuck a quid on Balko each way instead of Ballyoptic! Would have got both the top 2.
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