WE have had two days of incredible action from Aintree – now it’s time for the big one. The Grand National is back.
Notoriously difficult to predict, SunSport’s top tipster Steve Mullen – Templegate to you and me – has been studying the form for months.
BURROWS SAINT (Grand National 6.15 Aintree, nap – best bet)
He won the Irish version two years ago and has improved since. Willie Mullins has trained him for this race and he warmed up with a solid second at Fairyhouse.
He was beaten by stablemate Acapella Bourgeois that day and he has a massive each-way shout too at big odds. Stamina is no issue with him.
MY DROGO (3.25 Aintree, nb – next best)
He kept up his 100% record over hurdles when winning by almost ten lengths at Kelso last month. That was a Grade 2 contest but he made them look like trees. This extra quarter-mile holds no fears and there is a lot more to come.
TEA CLIPPER (2.45 Aintree, treble – chuck in for a big win)
He ran a cracker when third in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham and that has been a stepping stone to this race many times. Tom Lacey’s six-year-old finished off strongly over the 2m5f trip and this extra stamina test will be right up his street.
2.45 Tea Clipper (treble)
Cracking third in Coral Cup at Cheltenham and trip will suit.
3.25 My Drogo (nb)
Keeps improving and can handle this hike in class.
Superstar who can win this without getting out of first gear.
4.35 Thyme Hill
Missed Cheltenham so comes here fresh with big chance.
Consistent and went close in the Ultima at Cheltenham.
6.15 (GRAND NATIONAL) BURROWS SAINT (NAP)
Irish National winner who stays and has a touch of class.
7.20 Balco Coastal
Hammered his rivals at Kempton and much more to come.
(All times changed to SA time)