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2014 Grand National

Can't say I know anything about horse racing other than most of the competitors seem to have long faces.

I have to pick four likely nags for a completely unrelated (footy) competition and was wondering if anyone * cough * Dock * cough * might have any sensible opinion on which four might realistically make it to the podium or be sufficiently long odds to be worth a virtual punt (no cash involved).

If not, I'll pick 'em in alphabetical order.  
fartcatcher

Shakalakaboomboom has the best name.
Dock

Throw the form book out of the window and get a pin and blindfold and where it lands get the money on.


Personally I've gone with Colbert Station. Put my bet on last week. I backed it last year with Tony McCoy riding it and it jumped like a stag............until it fell on the second circuit. McCoy not on it this year but Mark Walsh (who deputises on JP McManus's horses in Ireland when Tony McCoy unavailable) is booked so a more-than-capable lad at the reins.

Three others I like: The Rainbow Hunter, Balthazar King, and Mr. Moonshine. Odds will be varying through the night but most of those will be 20+/1 I would think.

My big bet for tomorrow is Lac Fontana in the 1.30 at Aintree. I backed it at Cheltenham (11/1) and Daryl Jacob gave it a brilliant ride. McCoy booked to ride it tomorrow so needs to be considered IMHO (which counts for feck all like).*

*Although having said that I did attain a 210% profit on my initial war chest for Cheltenham 2014 so I must've been doing summat right.

In the final analysis, back what you like. Far too many variables in this race.

Godspeed to every rider and bring em' all home safe for evening feed lads!

*crosses fingers*

Forest

I have 'Lion na Beari' in a sweepstake.


That probably translates as No bleeding chance.
Dock

Z

Forest wrote:
I have 'Lion na Beari' in a sweepstake.


That probably translates as No bleeding chance.


Sounds too much like Lionel Blair to me. I hope it's not wearing tap shoes. Davy Russell riding though. He won this years Cheltenham Gold Cup on a 20/1 shot called Lord Windermere (which I wouldn't have picked out in a million years) and is one of the best jumps jockeys in Ireland. Good luck Fozdyke!
Late Doors

*puts money ive been saving for kids new Dialysis machine on Colbert Station*
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
*puts money ive been saving for kids new Dialysis machine on Colbert Station*


Nooooooooooo! Don't go on what I pick. My two choices fell last year. Butts backed my choices and told me off when they fell.
 

Some people just pick a name that has some kind of connection to them. Shame there isn't one called Aspleymarinaspanielfingerer or you would have no hesitation in what to pick.
Dock

Great race (Colbert Station pulled up after 25th fence but c'est la vie). Great to see a bonafide unsung talented jock like Leighton Aspell win the big race.

My Saturday made by AP McMcoy win on Lac Fontana. Backed it three times and it's won three times. Fantastic. Anyone follow my lead? Nah, thought not.

All horses and riders made it back in one piece despite loads of fallers. So for all the Animal Welfare Rights stupid-uninformed-fundamentalist dogs bastards who send death threats to Jockeys and Jockeys families and children, find a canal and go and fucking jump in it. You have neither a grasp on reality, horse racing, and hopefully the canal bank.

Long live the Grand National!
fartcatcher

Do you reckon they need to do something about the start? I hear the stewards tried to disqualify all the jockeys. Seems a bit harsh!
Dock

fartcatcher wrote:
Do you reckon they need to do something about the start? I hear the stewards tried to disqualify all the jockeys. Seems a bit harsh!


Good point well made. A spectacle as big as the GN is a huge shop window for racing and the start often let's it down. As far as I know, what happened was the stewards wanted to call in all 39 Jockeys after the race and the Jocks unanimously told them in the nicest possible way to get fucked. The reason behind this is vague but the word on the street is it was about more than just the false start. A representative from the PJA (Professional Jockeys Association) will be attending an enquiry to speak on behalf of his members as will his Irish counterpart. God knows what happened but it'll all come out in time.
fartcatcher

perhaps someone told the stewards to get fucked not in the nicest possible way.

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