Ten To Follow Update (18.04.2018)
After a quiet three weeks between The Cheltenham Festival and The Grand National, racing was back with a bang. There were 11 Grade 1 races across the three days and lots of other scoring opportunities culminating in The Grand National on Saturday afternoon.
Thursday started off with a return to form for Finian's Oscar. After a disappointing season and a change of disciplines multiple times, he showed all of his stamina and heart to get up 100yds from the line.
The second race of the day started a great week for Nicky Henderson. We Have A Dream skipped Cheltenham and it paid dividends at Aintree. Tracking the leader, he made his challenge at the fifth, led next, drew clear from 2 out and was ridden out for a comfortable victory.
Nicky was back in the winners enclosure thirty minutes later as Might Bite gained redemption in the Betway Bowl. After losing nothing in defeat to Native River in the Gold Cup, he showed his class with a comfortable victory beating Bristol De Mai and Clan Des Obeaux.
The Aintree Hurdle gave the master of Seven Barrows his third Grade 1 in just over 65 minutes. L'Ami Serge made the most of the strong pace and swooped at the last hurdle to topple the strong favourite Supasundae.
After a great day on Thursday for players, things got a little tougher on Friday. The Kayley Woollacott trained Lalor is quickly becoming a Aintree banker, as he followed up his 33/1 bumper win last year in the Top Novices' Hurdle. Only two players selected Lalor and picked up a vital 55 points.
Things got a little better in the JLT Melling Chase as Politologue just pipped the mighty Min in the home straight. Politologue was always travelling sweetly whereas Min was rather keen in the early stages which ultimately cost him.
Friday came to a close and that ended the points scoring as there were no winners on Saturday for players. The finish to The Grand National will be remembered for years to come as Tiger Roll just fended off a light challenge from Pleasant Company.
It was all change at the top of the table as Joe Williams has stuck his neck in front. Will he have enough coming over the last or will someone come from off the pace and pip him to the victory.
The full leaderboard can be found on our website here.
|Position||Name & Team||Team Score|
|1||Joe Williams (3)||640|
|2||Mervyn Broom (8)||600|
|2||Gail Garbutt (4)||600|
|4||David Walters (4)||595|
|4||Mervyn Broom (3)||595|
|4||Terry Knight (6)||595|
|7||David Walters (3)||590|
|7||Tony Wells (6)||590|
|9||Mervyn Broom (6)||585|
|10||Penny Waddell (6)||570|
|10||Gail Garbutt (2)||