The Weekend Bulletin (Sat 22nd April’17)
The hot streak had to end sometime and last weekend’s Big Race Tips couldn’t build on nailing both the Lincoln winner and a 1-2 in the Grand National! Courtown Oscar performed the best of Nick’s selections from Haydock in coming 2nd and actually went 3 to 1 on (1.33) during the race on the Betfair In-running markets before finding Mustmeetalady too good.
But if you are on our free tips list we sent you the second and fifth in the Irish National on Monday which with the benefit of Paddy Power paying six places we made a tidy profit there, courtesy of Nick.
So with the winner of the Grand National and a tidy profit in the Irish Grand National lets see what we can do in Scotland’s event.
The feature race for the coming weekend is the Coral Scottish Grand National up at Ayr for which there is likely to be 30 runners to shift through. Nick will be using his proven Big Race techniques to narrow down the field to a select few contenders and we will be sharing his final picks a little later on.
If you would like to know more about how he landed the winner of the Lincoln Handicap and Aintree Grand National then please watch this interesting video which shows his methods. Watch and learn as it might just change your betting forever.
Scottish Grand National (Ayr 3.55pm Sat 22nd April)
Paul Nicholls is looking to win back-to-back Coral Scottish Grand National’s and trains 3 of the 30 horses in the race at Ayr on Saturday, including Vicente (10/1 Gen). The Paul Nicholls-trained Vicente is on a retrieval mission after only getting as far as the first fence in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree. Nicholls can also call on the well-fancied Arpege d’Alene (11/1 Gen) and Vivaldi Collonges (22/1 Gen). 2014 winner Al Co (33/1 Gen) is also amongst the entries and also has to bounce back from being pulled up on his latest start at Newbury last month.
Middleham Park Racing are hoping lightning strikes twice when the owners bid for a second win in the race after being successful with the Tim Vaughan-trained Beshabar in 2011, the syndicate are represented by Premier Bond (17/2 Gen) from the title-chasing Nicky Henderson yard. Premier Bond has had just four starts over fences, the first of which was at Doncaster in December when he was second to his brilliant stablemate Might Bite.
After having won at Catterick and Doncaster in January, the 7yo took a big step up to finish third to Domesday Book in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival. Trainer Nicky Henderson is also represented with Lessons In Milan (25/1 Gen) and Sugar Baron (20/1 Gen).
Sandy Thomson went close last year with Seeyouatmidnight, who was a close third behind Vicente, and relies upon Seldom Inn (18/1 Gen) this time. The 9yo will be ridden by Derek Fox, who attempts to follow up his victory on One For Arthur in the Grand National at Aintree two weeks ago. The last jockey to win both Nationals in the same season was Graham Lee, who supplemented his Aintree triumph on Amberleigh House in 2004 with victory on Grey Abbey at Ayr.
It promises to be a fascinating race and to read on and find out which contenders for the Scottish Grand National will be carrying Nick’s cash, click here.
Nick Hardman’s Big Race Selections – Sat 22nd April’17
We get a few shocks in this race and I am hoping for another this year. The trends narrow the field to around 8 runners. Of those, the two I like at the prices are Sugar Baron who is mildly progressive and stayed on well in the Kim Muir suggesting a longer trip would suit and Blakemount is a huge price and is another with stamina in abundance. Arrives on the back of a fifth place finish in the Midlands National. Missed Approach ran a cracker in the 4 miler at Cheltenham and should go well up with the pace although he has to shoulder top weight. Dawson City has always threatened to be a good staying chaser and finally got off the mark last time. Up 7lb but maybe he can still improve and is a big price.
Dawson City @40/1 e/w (1/5 odds, 6 places, PP)
Blakemount @33/1 e/w (1/5 odds, 6 places, Skybet & PP)
Sugar Baron @18/1 e/w (1/5 odds, 6 places, PP)
Missed Approach @18/1 (1/5 odds, 6 places, PP)
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