What A Friend
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|Paul Nicholls||Daryl Jacob||156|
|Owned in partnership by Sir Alex Ferguson and ran a cracker to finish 4th in the Gold Cup. Handicapper would have given him considerably more weight if he could and everything in place for a big run.|
Trainer- Paul Nicholls, Jockey â€“ Daryl Jacob, Other- Number 3. White Silks, English Trained. Co Owned by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Bet onÂ What A FriendÂ with Ladbrokes 14/1
What A Friend will divide opinion. He is co-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United Manager. Fans of the Reds will latch on to this one, fans of other teams will oppose What A Friend for footballing reasons. The truth is he has a huge chance and is a very good horse.
Paul Nicholls trains What A Firend, the Champion Trainer, but he has never won a Grand National. He had the favourite last year in Big Fella Thanks who ran well to finish fourth, but that first win eludes him. Ruby Walsh, his stable Jockey has elected to ride the Irish Horse The Midnight Club, is that a tip in itself?
If you have drawn What A Friend or backed him then you can look at the form and see it is very strong indeed. He won the Totesport Bowl in 2010 here at Aintree and ran a brilliant race in the Gold Cup just a few weeks ago to finish fourth behind big names such as Long Run, Denman and Kauto Star. The big negative is whether this race comes too quick on the back of the Gold Cup. We saw Denman struggle, from the same stable on Thursday, looking a spent force, but Big Buckâ€™s won at Cheltenham and hosed up in the Liverpool Hurdle. You just never know!
Daryl Jacob takes the ride, an excellent young jockey who was aboard in the Gold Cup, he knows the horse very well. Will he get the Sir Alex Ferguson hairdryer treatment? Well it would have to be by phone as Sir Alex will be managing Manchester United who have a 3pm kick off.
White is the predominate colour of the silks with a hint of Red (surprise, surprise) and blue (not blue?). On form What A Friend has an excellent chance, but has this come too soon after Cheltenham?