Grand National Festival Day 3 TipsBy Timeform, Friday 09 April Get our tips for day 3 of the Grand National Festival.
MY DROGO maintained his unbeaten record over hurdles when conceding weight all around in an excellent time at Kelso last month and, with the prospect of more to come now stepping up to 2½m in this Grade 1, he's strongly fancied to strike again. Ballyadam wasn’t at his best when a distant second in the Supreme but his previous form entitles him to respect, with the thriving Dream Deal also feared.
This Grade 1 should prove little more than a formality for the outstanding SHISHKIN, who sauntered clear in the Sporting Life Arkle at The Cheltenham Festival last month, and Timeform's highest-rated novice chaser will face bigger challenges ahead next season. Venetia Williams' Funambule Sivola narrowly shades the forecast spot ahead of Gumball.
It's one apiece between THYME HILL and Paisley Park this season, but the latter isn't sure to be seen to best effect over this sharp 3m so it's Philip Hobbs's charge who missed Cheltenham and is taken to come out on top in the decider. Roksana is closely matched with that pair on Long Walk form and should give another good account. Vinndication is an each-way player in blinkers.
Progressive novice HAPPYGOLUCKY was beaten only by a rejuvenated/well-handicapped sort in the Ultima at Cheltenham last month and looks a worthy favourite as he bids to go one place better off only 2 lb higher. Top Notch and Cloudy Glen also ran crackers at the Festival and head the dangers, while the unexposed Sam Brown is an interesting runner on his handicap debut.
Often it pays to keep things simple and in CLOTH CAP we have a solid favourite who is progressive, stays, is a stone well-in, and represents an owner with a fantastic record in the race. He's hard to get away from and with luck should win. The last 2 Nationals have seen an Irish 1-2-3 and another formidable challenge is headed up by Burrows Saint, Farclas and Any Second Now.
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