Thursday 21 March 2019

Remember, it's total recall

Aintree Ace: Total Recall is one of the obvious choices to put a wager on for the Aintree Grand National
Aintree Ace: Total Recall is one of the obvious choices to put a wager on for the Aintree Grand National

Following the release of the weights for the Aintree Grand National, it was natural that the ante-post selection for this week in The Punt would come from the most famous jump race of them all.

The Grand National is certainly one of those races where you can justify having a couple of bets and if you did want to have an early wager for Aintree, Total Recall would look one of the more obvious ones.

It would be an incredible achievement for any horse to win three major handicaps like the Munster National, the Ladbroke Trophy (the Hennessy for most of us), and an English Grand National, but he certainly does look like a horse who may not yet have reached the height of his powers in handicap company.

He made the most of a much lower hurdle mark at Leopardstown but you could only imagine the current 12/1 will only get shorter.

Earlier in the week, Edwulf looked worth a punt when he was 66/1.

The Gold Cup is his port of call so there is, of course, a greater chance that he won't even run, but at 66/1 he would have been worth taking a chance with a tenner at least.

Unfortunately, a few other bigger punters obviously had the same idea and he's down to just 25/1 now, so that idea has been foiled somewhat.

Edwulf would definitely come into the reckoning for the race if he turns up, but his price being more than halved makes him far less appealing.

A horse that was subject to some support for the Gold Cup this week was Road To Respect and Noel Meade may find himself looking for a memorable double swoop of Britian's two biggest races as A Genie In Abottle would look his main National hope.

The Gigginstown-owned seven-year-old is worth a bet.

His owners made their feelings known about the handicapping of this race last year, but the O'Leary brothers of Michael and Eddie have no complaints this time around, especially with A Genie In Abottle boasting some good form.

His last run was on heavy Gowran Park ground and can, therefore, be ignored but prior to that, there's no doubt that you'd have preferred a better showing behind Total Recall at Newbury.

However, if the 33/1 shot takes to Aintree, he has got form as a novice against Grade One horses like Disko and Anibale Fly.

Being only a seven-year-old, he could just be open to even more improvement over a greater distance, getting almost a stone off some of the horses that are shorter in the betting.

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