WhichBookie racing analyst Will Smith provides a preview and two each-way selections for the sponsored card at Fontwell Park on Wednesday 20th October
Date of Tips: 10/04/2021
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (08:32 10/04/2021) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
Randox Grand National day has dawned, and early in the morning is certainly the time to avail yourselves of the best prices and place terms, as nearer the off, bookmakers will be clipping prices left, right and centre to ensure a profit-making book.
Have a look at my thoughts for the big race here, and good luck with whatever you fancy – and don’t forget, it is still the Grand National, and the slightly random occurrence will never be far from the piece, for all that it has become the domain of the classier horse these days.
Elsewhere on the undercard, the opening 3m handicap hurdle is wildly competitive, and maybe a small each-way flyer at Burbank at 33/1+ could be an interesting bet to have. He ran a cracker in the Coral Cup, and is very closely matched with the likes of Janika and Tea Clipper on that form, There is the promise of more to come at this trip, and now that the hugely underrated Jimmy Moffatt has had time to coax him on further.
My Drogo and Happygolucky would be two very solid favourites in the 2.25 and 4.15, the 3.00 will be just another chance to see the equine deity that is Shishkin, and in the Stayers Hurdle at 3.35 I am struggling to find a way in. So just the three bets in the Randox Grand National at 5.15 advised ante-post and yesterday, to go to war with at Aintree today.
However, there is a good bet up at Newcastle, where trainer Nick Alexander will be hoping that he can warm up for his two stable stars Elvis Mail and Lake View Lad running later on Merseyside, by winning the 2.33 – ‘Think Smart at Vertem Conditional Jockeys’ Training Series Handicap Hurdle.’
Alexander saddles handicap debutant Shaka The King, (who I really hope is named after legendary ex-Newcastle goalkeeper Shaka Hislop,) and at 4/1 each-way with Bet365, he rates as a very appealing bet.
Three qualifying runs in novice company couldn’t have been more eye-catching, and it seems the handicapper has been lulled by the midfield run over 2m last time, and allotted a very lenient mark of 95 to Shaka The King.
I won’t go through the finer details of his two runs previous to that, but it’s safe to say that if you take the opportunity to have a look yourselves, you will find subsequent form-boosting aplenty!
Shaka The King is a half-brother to classy and strong stayers Rocky Creek and Tell Massini, and given 3m on handicap debut against modest opposition today, he will leave this grade behind very quickly, and at 4/1 with Bet365 to begin that journey, he is a great bet.