AINTREE, THE TOPHAM TROPHY, OVERÂ 2 MILES 5 FURLONGS AND 110YARDSÂ OF THE GRAND NATIONAL COURSE AND GRAND NATIONAL FENCES
Paul Nicholls saddles 4 runners in this intriguing contest, including Mr.Pointment aÂ course and distance winner. Nozic, the top weight has a good chance on his best form , but my idea of the most likely winner for the West Country magician would be New Little Bric. The ex-French horse blasted home last time out at Newbury, always being prominent in first time headgear. I can se him being ridden positively over the birch tomorrow and if he jumps will take the beating.
However, looking back through the form guide, I like two horses against him at massive odds. The Peter Bowen trained Always Waining has extremely uninspiring form figures, pulled up the last 3 times. He has been carrying big weights apart from the Welsh Grand National and is now reunited with Tom Oâ€™Brien who has won on him twice. He has a live outside chance as his last two wins came on good going, one of them at Aintree. His current odds of 40/1 look enticing, and letâ€™s face it, over the National fences, thereâ€™s always a chance that a horse can be lit up by the experience. His racing weight of 10.7. looks ideal.
My main fancy is the talented but mistake prone horse from Andy Turnellâ€™s
Stable, Bible Lord. This horse has won on all types of going and reverting to Denmanâ€™s 2007 Hennessey triumph, Bible Lord, still relatively unexposed, was travelling well on the heels of the leaders when his rider dropped his whip and could not encourage the horse to progress further. He has run some good races since but has been let down by bad blunders, but still managing to fill respectable positions in decent handicaps. Once again , last time out atÂ Cheltenham in the Freddie Williams Plate he tipped up. His jumping is a grave cause for concern, but he is undoubtedly a very talented animalÂ and is a 2and a half mile specialist, even if he was entered for the Grand National! I am hoping he will be shocked into jumping better by the formidable Aintree fences. Mad? Probably!