Can Total Recall Bounce Back from Cheltenham Fall?
As expected, the market for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National is extremely competitive and Total Recall has proved extremely popular with punters over the past couple of days. It’s been just four weeks since the Willie Mullins charge was last seen losing his footing in the Timico Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
Total Recall is enjoying a tremendous season since transferring to the yard and is a powerful specimen who should cope with the iconic Aintree fences. He has won three races since joining this stable with notable successes including the Ladbrokes Trophy and the Munster National.
It is rare to see the usually foot-perfect nine-year-old fail to negotiate a fence but Mullins has reported no ill-effects from the fall at Prestbury Park and he is bullish about his chances in the four-and-a-half-mile steeplechase on April 14th. He is currently the second favourite in the betting with William Hill and can be backed at 11/1. They also have a number of #Yourodds specials for the race including 8/1 for Willie Mullins to train the winner. His other representatives include Childrens List and Pleasant Company, who will be ridden by his son, David Belshill, who was rumoured to be targeted at the Grand National won’t be participating in this year’s event after featuring in the Irish National at the beginning of the month.
The Irish trainer hasn’t tasted success in this race since 2005 when Hedgehunter came home in front as the 7/1 favourite.
I Just Know is Aiming to Give Sue Smith a Second National Winner
There has been very little talk surrounding the chances of I Just Know in the Aintree Grand National on April 14th, but trainer Sue Smith is quietly confident about his chances. Smith has already enjoyed success in the contest with Auroras Encore landing the prize in 2013. It hasn’t been the ideal preparation for I Just Know with a number of key meetings called off due to a cold snap yet the North Yorkshire resident remains confident of a big run from her chaser.
Sean Quinlan rode this horse to victory in the North Yorkshire National at Catterick back in January and he is bound to relish the conditions in Merseyside.