Saturday, 21 April 2007

2 pts win NINE DE SIVOLA 5.8/1 ( Betfair) Scottish Grand National
1 pt win CLASSIC CAPERS 31/1 ( Betfair) Scottish Grand National

In a contest littered with out of form indivividuals, many of whom who are probably on the downgrade, it is folly to ignore the obvious claims of the well handicapped Nine De Sivola who looks ready made for this event. The Ferdie Murphy yard has performed with far more consistency in the past 12 months than use to be the case, and it is in these valuable marathon events that the yard excel in. Conditions should be ideal for this gelding today and he will no doubt be travelling well and moving into contention as the race progresses.

A leap of faith is needed to side with many in this field and with the Malcolm Jefferson yard flying at the moment, Classic Capers appeals amongst the longshots. He looked quite a promising individual in his early days, and you would have envisaged him doing better than he has. However, it now appears that he wants this type of trip and it is encouraging that his two lifetime best performances over fences have come in his two outings over 3m 2f plus. True, the ground is a concern, but there is hope to be gleaned fron his Huntingdon run on good to firm in November, when he kept on to finish within eight lengths of the winner over an inadequate trip.

Lost - 3 pts