Saturday, 14 April 2018

3 pts win GOLAN FORTUNE 14/1 ( almost all firms)
Gaskell's Handicap Hurdle

Put up a very solid effort when narrowly beaten by Topofthegame at Sandown in February, quickening up to challenge before being denied. That was on the back of two victories and after Sandown he appealed as one who would continue to progress. He was then slightly below form when reappearing two weeks later in a Graded event at Haydock. He missed Cheltenham, will be fresher than most and off a 4 lb higher rating than his Sandown run, and with the ground in his favour, has plenty going for him.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win GAS LINE BOY 29/1 (Betfair Exchange)
1.5 pts win PLEASANT COMPANY 41/1 (Betfair Exchange)
Randox Health Grand National

Gas Line Boy is not always foot perfect but got around here in this last year to finish an excellent fifth. He won the Grand Sefton in similar testing ground to today's back in December and looks the type that will be ideal for the combination of a marathon trip on heavy ground - in fact, he appeals as one who will keep going forever. Lacks that touch of quality of some of his rivals but this will be a real slog today that could play into his hands.

Pleasant Company is another who ran a cracker in this last year. finishing ninth after nearly coming down at second Valentines when bang in contention. He had previously won at Fairyhouse in heavy ground with a few of today's rivals behind him, and looking further back won a sixteen runner competive handicap at Punchestown in April 2016. He's been below form in his two outings this season but has plenty of pluses in the context of today's race and could be worth taking aboard.

Lost - 3 pts