Very much a race in which experience and stamina comes into play. The odds are stacked against the winner never having won over at least three miles before….last years winner, CHANCE DU ROY, was probably a blip as seven of the previous 10 winners had a win over three miles or further on their CV’s.
I’m not interested in anything younger than nine years of age so my first shortlist is the “aged”….ok, younger horses can get their heads in front but only two of the last 10 winners were younger than nine years of age and none of the last five spotted one of them up.
Two stats that would be against the current tissue favourite, BALBRIGGAN would be age and, the fact he’s favourite! Again two have triumphed in the last 10 years but only one other has even placed in that same time span.
ACROSS THE BAY
CHANCE DU ROY
LION NA BERNAIS
KNOCK A HAND
Seven of the last 10 winners carried less than 11st so my first shortlist is horses aged nine or older, carrying less than 11st.
Very quickly down to just three and I’m going to be dutching them.
If you listened to the Podcast you’ll know I offered up an interesting fact…well, interesting to me! Four of the last six winners of this had run in the Grand National and of that trio only the Henderson runner, SHAKALAKABOOMBOOM has done that.
We have enjoyed 22 previous runnings of this race and 10 of those 22 winners were aged 10 or older. He is the oldest of the three.
Four of the last six winners were making the seasonal debut and of that trio, only the Henderson horse fits.
You know what’s coming next!
POST RACING PROFILE HORSE – SHAKALAKABOOMBOOM – 20/80