The final day of the Grand National Festival brings more compelling action for us to enjoy. There’s plenty of competitive racing outside of the big race at Aintree. Be sure to check out our free tips page as we have plenty of content on offer across all British and Irish racing. Here are three outsiders who have much better chances than these huge prices suggest.
Party Business is one of the biggest hard luck stories of last month’s Cheltenham Festival. He ran a mighty race in the Martin Pipe when finishing fifth. That finishing position doesn’t tell the whole story as he was nearly brought down at the second flight and was hampered again at the fourth. It was a herculean effort to finish where he did under the circumstances. As he stayed on strongly that day, the extended three-mile trip here on this flatter track with better ground shouldn’t be a problem. This gelding’s current price is ludicrous on the evidence of that last run.
Nells Son comes into the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle having won the same Kelso Grade 2 beforehand as last year’s winner My Drogo. Nicky Richards’ gelding has progressed over his last couple of starts and would likely be a shorter price if he was trained by one of the bigger names. There could be more to come and the possibility of an extra each-way place makes this horse’s price even more enticing.
Empire Steel beat Protektorat in a novice chase over an extended 2m7f at Kelso last season. He has been consistent on the whole this term and won impressively two starts ago staying on strongest over an extended 2m5f at the same track. In six completed starts over fences this horse hasn’t finished outside of the first two. There could be more to come from this progressive eight-year-old.
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