So, we know the Grand National is a bit of a lottery, requires a tremendous amount of luck in running and even the best horse can be brought down, hampered, unseat the rider, simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. So, you can look at form, profiling etc but at the end of the day, the trends can be as good a method as any – as they do tend to provide a quick and easy way to shortlist contenders from such a big field and we saw how well it has found the Irish National winner in the past, so does tend to work well in long-distance chases like these.
“Aged 10 years or younger”. Now, all of my 4 shortlisted contenders were over 10 years of age so I had to ignore this trend. The next trend was “Irish bred” – All the other 3 contenders were French-bred apart from one and it's 100/1!
DOUBLE ROSS 100/1 with Betway
paying down to 6 places is well worth an each-way bet.
The Twiston-Davies runner basically ran 4th last time at Cheltenham in the Kim Muir which was a promising run, and is another positive that a few contenders had run at the festival prior to this race. His saddled slipped and the rider lost his irons before pulling up in the 2016 Grand National. He has run ok in the Topham in the past and was 3rd in the 2016 Hennessy behind subsequent Gold Cup winner Native River so he does have a touch of class, is at the bottom of the weights and is as good an outside bet as any in this very open race.
Aintree Grand National Trends (Last 27 Runnings)
26/27 – Ran no more than 55 days ago
· 26/27 – Officially rated 137 or higher
· 25/27 – Had won over at least 3m (chase) before
· 24/27 – Had won no more than 6 times over fences before
· 23/27 – Aged 9 or older
· 22/27 – Returned a double-figure price
· 21/27 – Ran no more than 34 days ago
· 21/27 – Came from outside the top 3 in the betting
· 21/27 – Carried 10-12 OR LESS
· 18/27 – Had won between 4-6 times over fences before
· 16/27 – Carried 10-8 OR LESS
· 16/27 – Finished in the top 4 last time out
· 16/27 – Aged 10 years-old or younger (X)
· 14/27 – Won by an Irish-bred horse
· 9/27 – Ran at Cheltenham last time out
In this quick video preview, I show how to use GeeGeez Gold to narrow down a race to just a few contenders and to arrive at a couple of selections. This was done very quickly but shows the power of how to use the Instant Expert and other stats to filter down a race to just a few contenders. In this video I find one solid win selection and an e/w value bet.
I've looked at the Liz Adam Memorial Handicap Chase at Kelso at 3pm. Let's see how they do…
The Irish National has been one of the kindest races to me over all my previous years betting, purely from an elimination trends perspective, having picked out BLUESEA CRACKER 33/1 in 2010, LION NA BEARNAI 40/1 in 2012, LIBERTY COUNSEL 50/1 in 2013 and THUNDER AND ROSES 25/1 in 2015. That's +140pts in profit in this race alone over 8 years, more if you take into account the BetfairSP's were often much bigger.
Using GeeGeez Trends and their racecards, I've managed to get it down to one strong selection and one secondary selection. I usually only advise one bet in the race as it can be such a lottery, but both look strong on a number of trends with one just failing on finishing position last time out.
First day of the flat season, which is my preferred code to make profits in. I always loved to try to get my head around the Spring Mile and Lincoln Handicaps on Day 1 and today is no different. Using GeeGeez Gold I have been able to analyse the draw and pace charts in an instant and it's really interesting to note that on ground that is good to soft or softer that those that are held-up from a high draw have 3 wins and twice as many places as any other combination in these big-field mile races.
2:25 Spring Mile 1pt e/w 25/1EXECUTIVE FORCE is ridden by Jamie Spencer so chances are he will be held up and delivered late from his high draw, also worth noting he has the highest speed figure on the GeeGeez cards. Over the last 5 years Spencer has a 20% Win S/R and 44% place S/R, showing a +34pts profit. At 25/1 I'm prepared to take an each way punt. Original Choice looks the danger and could be worth a small win cover.
3:35 Lincoln 1pt e/w 16/1DONNCHA was beaten a neck of this mark in the Spring Mile 2 years ago on soft going and last year was 3rd in this race, beaten two necks off a 3lb higher mark on good to soft going. He has also lucked out in that he is a hold-up runner drawn high and with Andrea Atzeni doing the steering, he has a solid each-way shout. He has an even better record than Spencer at the course over the last 5 years. Fire Brigade looks the main danger under Ryan Moore and again may be worth a cover bet.
You can also view a free Trainer/Jockey Combo report every Saturday via GeeGeez
Using an elimination trends method there is one horse that stands out in terms of value for the Midlands National on Saturday. This method involves starting with strong trends and working your way down until you have eliminated all the runners that don't meet the strongest trends. The ones I looked at for this race are as follows -:
14/14 – Aged 9 or younger
13/14 – Had won between 1-4 times over fences before
12/14 – Carried 10-12 or less
12/14 – Had won over at least 3m (fences) before
11/14 – Won by an Irish bred horse
11/14 – Had raced within the last 8 weeks
10/14 – Carried 10-9 or less
10/14 – Had never run at Uttoxeter before
10/14 – Officially rated 133 or less
10/14 – Unplaced favourites
That gives us a strong trends selection in 40/1 shot THEMANFROM MINELLA which is worth an each-way wager. He looks a hit or miss horse with 2 wins and a 2nd but 3 PU's from his last 6 outings, however at the prices and with him having guaranteed winning form on heavy going, I'm prepared to take a chance at the prices.
The GeeGeez Pace angles for this race suggest that Mid-Division is where you want to be and looking at the recent trainer stats and jockey stats, I must admit to liking the chances of 25/1 shot PLUS JAMALS. The trainer has a 23% Win Strike-Rate over the last month with 45% of his runners hitting the frame. The 3lb claimer Ross Chapman has a 33% strike-rate and 48% place record with his rides. Throw in the 33% Win S/R of the sire Caballo Raptor with a 67% place record and we have ourselves a solid trainer/jockey/sire stat contender at a price.
All these stats and filters can be found on GeeGeez Gold.
Time and other work have really conspired against me this week. Cheltenham analysis is a full-time job and you need a lot of luck and time to do it justice. Thankfully, the flat season is just a few weeks away and is much more reliable and profitable for me over the years, can't wait to use the power of GeeGeez Goldto unlock some value bets in the big races for the 2018 flat season. However, there is still one day left of the festival, so let's see what we can find in < 10 mins!