35 Points Profit Across the Board
Architect Tips – The Grand National 1-2, nailed!
Cracking Festival in general for us, here’s my review on the whole three days.
We were hoping to kick off the first day of the three-day meeting with a bang.
However, things didn’t go to plan as CLOUDY DREAM (3/1) in the opener, traded odds-on favourite jumping the last fence but was out battled on the run-in and we had to settle for second.
EMPIRE OF DIRT ran below-par and was reported to be “lame”, so that’s the reason he didn’t turn up on his A game, but hopefully all is well with the horse.
BALNASLOW (8/1) secured us another second place but this time, each-way returns and I must admit, the standing start cost him the race as he made up at least 30 lengths to only be beaten under 2 lengths. Very unlucky for a winner there but second will do nicely in the Foxhunter Chase.
We selected two in the next BUN DORAN (12/1) and YORKIST (14/1), both travelled powerfully and it looked like coming down to the fence we were certain of a winner. However, both could only stay on for third and fourth after jumping went to prices late on but both ran really well and we managed to secure each-way returns.
Day 1 returns –
BALNASLOW 2nd (8/1) – E/W
BUN DORAN 3rd (12/1) – E/W
A few other ones were unfortunate fallers and the first day in general was tough for us yet most ran well, but better was to come!
The first race we selected SKY KHAN and BYRON FLYER, the first of those, jumped poorly and the latter, just missed the frame at massive odds.
MOUNT MEWS (11/4) in the next, wasn’t given the best of rides and the rider got the horse into all kinds of trouble before staying on well into second but the winner had first run and we had yet another second place.
SUB LIEUTENANT (10/3) was yet another second place, finding one too good as turning for home, he looked like he kicked clear but the speedier Fox Norton just quickened away and we were slightly hard done by again there.
KATNAP (22/1) was given a smashing ride by Danny Mullins, he jumped and travelled well but a vital mistake three out knocked him back. However, he cruised into the race one again and he stayed on strongly and at the elbow, but he couldn’t peg back the winner and we were second once again! But each-way returns were secured in the Topham.
THE WORLD’S END (3/1) WON in the last! Given a superb ride by Adrian Heskin, he travelled well and kicked clear approaching the last and despite making a mess of the obstacle, the rider kept the horses momentum going and he held on to secure a vital win for us.
Day 2 returns –
KATNAP 2nd (22/1) – E/W
THE WORLD’S END (3/1) – WON
A reasonable day for us, with the best day yet come!
Day 3 – Grand National Day
Our first selection NO COMMENT (10/1) was given a quiet ride by Barry Geraghty, and he met a load of trouble in running and was given plenty to do but managed to stay on well for yet another second place for us again.
Next, we had the winner and third, FINIAN’S OSCAR (7/2) stamped his class and he won in fine style to remain unbeaten, he’s a superstar for sure and what a winner this one was. MESSIRE DES OBEAUX (13/2) ran yet another solid race to give us each-way returns along with the impressive winner.
POLITOLOGUE (11/2) was the unluckiest horse I’ve ever witnessed, he jumped so well and was pulling out more when jumping the last well. However, somehow he clipped heels with himself and took a crashing fall on the run-in. It was a heartache moment because without a doubt, he would won and given us another great winner.
THE 1-2 IN THE GRAND NATIONAL!!
ONE FOR ARTHUR (16/1) the horse I adore, and have talked up for months leading up to the Grand National and I was confident that if he got around, he would go close to winning the Grand National. I was happy Derek Fox returned to ride as I said all along he’s underrated and is one jockey I think is pure class, he held the horse up, he jumped well the whole way around before coming there on the bridle with two to jump, he hit the front and powered way to win the national easily. What a moment.
CAUSE OF CAUSES (16/1) came home second in the race! One of my biggest achievements in racing was getting the 1-2 in the National and this little lion ran his heart out, jumped and stayed on well behind the winner. Jamie codd was terrific in the saddle and they done their best to finish runner-up. Securing us the winner and second.
CHESTERFIELD (12/1) in the last race, rounding off the day in superb style, winning very easily for us. However, we was close to getting another 1-2 as JOHN CONSTABLE was next to him fighting when the pair were clear of the rest jumping the last hurdle. But JC took a crashing fall, leaving us with the winner anyway. But it could have been another remarkable forecast. However, we managed another big priced winner and this finished our day in near the best way possible.
Day 3 returns –
NO COMMENT (10/1) 2nd – E/W
FINIAN’S OSCAR (7/2) WON
MESSIRE DES OBEAUX (13/2) 3rd – E/W
ONE FOR ARTHUR (16/1) WON
CAUSE OF CAUSES (16/1) 2nd – E/W
CHESTERFIELD (12/1) WON
Over 16 points profit on the day!
Summary of Aintree
It has been a wonderful three days at Aintree, watching glorious racing and horses making history, seeing stars like FINIAN’S OSCAR winning, POLOTOLOGUE throwing away a certain victory, ONE FOR ARTHUR winning the Grand National and given a a free tip for the charity tipping league and securing us a 1-2 in the race and also, a host of horses reaching the frame for us and many other winners including, 12/1 and 3/1 successes.
I’m happy to walk away from the festival with at least 10 points profit and that’s what counts. I want to say a well done to all members for their winning bets and the hard work from the whole business and the other tipsters. It was a fantastic Festival, one that I will never forget.
Please stay posted because our next Festival Special – The Irish Grand National 3 Day Package – goes live this week.
The Tower – Another Grand National Hero
A successful Aintree Festival in the bag, then. Solid profit banked and, most pleasing of all, we got the winner of the big one as ONE FOR ARTHUR (advised 16/1) delivered in some style for members.
We kicked off the week on the front foot with FLYING ANGEL (15/2) putting nice profit on the board in the very first race of the meeting. A horse of some potential, he jumped very well from the front and showed a great attitude when he needed it most over the last flight. EMPIRE OF DIRT and ON THE FRINGE were huge disappointments for Ireland as we attempted to follow up and, in the case of Empire Of Dirt, he now has something of a battered reputation to repair on this side of the Irish Sea. GINO TRAIL (advised 14/1) ran a huge race in day one’s final handicap and just failed to see it out from the front for what would have been a big boost to the bank.
Day two was something of a battle with the bookies. KYLEMORE LOUGH ran very well for a long way in the Betfred Bowl but his class was ultimately found wanting from two out in a race that delivered one of the stories of the meeting in victory for Tea For Two and Lizzie Kelly. O O SEVEN (20/1) and DEBECE (16/1) gave us handicap place returns to keep the pot boiling before a big disappointment in the day’s final race, the bumper. I was very sweet on Iain Jardine’s LOUD AND CLEAR – and so were others judging by the money that came from 28/1 down to 16s. But within 100 yards of the start it was clear he was lit up like a firework and never travelling for Martin Dwyer. Keep an eye on the horse, though, as he is thought of much better.
Grand National Day was our big one and we started with NO HASSLE HOFF (5/1) running into a solid place in the opener. His best days are well and truly ahead next season. LE BREUIL was too bad to be true next up and that run can surely be discounted for a horse who Ben Pauling thinks the world of. Our hard luck story of the week was POLITOLOGUE, who managed to trip over himself with the Maghull Novices Chase at his mercy. Having put him up at 11/2 against odds on shot Charbel, that was a particularly sore one to take. We traded blows next up as STARCHITECT (7/1) ran into a solid place and AUX PTITS SOINS (20/1) ultimately suggested his best days are gone. Then came the crowning glory as ONE FOR ARTHUR (16/1) travelled like a dream for Derek Fox to secure a historic National triumph for Scotland, Lucinda Russell and our very own bank balances. It was a great ride, a great performance, and a pleasure to see such great connections gain the spotlight they deserve.
We ended the Festival showing NINE POINTS PROFIT. Now it’s full steam ahead to All Weather Finals Day and my own particular highlight of the month as a Scotsman – the Scottish Grand National Festival!