Ceebee Irish Grand National Preview – Part 2

CeeBee provides a second preview of the Irish Grand National and he has added bets on Futuramic and Folsom Blue to his Another Hero selection.

I wrote a piece earlier in the week to try lock in some value at the top of the market in Monday’s Irish National. Another Hero was the selection; read that here. I’m still quite sweet on his chances but there’s two outsiders I want to add. The Irish National is a fine race to back an outsider or two in. The three placed horses in 2014 were 16/1, 20/1 and 40/1. Last year the winner was 20/1 and he was followed in by 20/1, 40/1 and 50/1 shots!

Futuramic would be a timely result for Andrew Lynch who’s star Zabana had no luck at Cheltenham. The case for him revolves around his form with the favourite Venitien de Mai. On Monday Futuramic will carry 9-7 (including Conor Maxwell’s claim) whilst Venitien de Mai carries 10-9. 16lbs between the pair. Only 2mts ago, in a beginners chase, there was just 2.5L between the pair off levels. Then in the Leinster National VdM had 13L to spare again carrying pretty much the same weight. With the 16lb swing it could be very close. 8/1 and 25/1 doesn’t seem right to me.

Off this same mark Futuramic was an eye-catching 8th in the highly competitive Paddy Power Chase over Christmas. More recently he was 3rd in the Ulster National. Both those pieces of form suggest 3m5f shouldn’t be a problem for him. In Downpatrick he shaped better than the final result. He made a slight mistake 3out and wasn’t fluent 2out either when things got a little crowded. As a result things just happened too fast and he finished well but had no chance of getting to the winner.

Off a workable mark, in good form, carrying a feather-weight and with the trip not causing any doubts there’s plenty to like about 25/1 shot Futuramic.

Tulsa Jack who was returning from a break when 5th in the same Downpatrick race is interesting. So too is Rogue Angel who won the Kerry National earlier in the season and ran well over too short a trip last time. Raz du Maree who won a Cork National back in 2012 and was 2nd in last season’s Midlands National also makes some appeal now in Gavin Cromwell’s care.

However Folsom Blue is the second outsider I want onside. Having won over 3m4f on heavy (Grand National Trial) back in Feb’14 and then finishing a close up 5th in that season’s Irish National. He’ll clearly relish the extra five furlongs beyond the standard 3miles here.

Having lost his way a little last season he changed from Conor O’Dwyer to Mouse Morris’s yard and showed plenty on his first start for Mouse. That came in the Paddy Power Chase in December when 3rd to Minella Foru. Off the back of 12mts off track that was a fine effort. He was too bad to true in the Thyestes, he possibly bounced on his second start back. Strangely he was turned out JUST 10days later. He was better but still well beaten by Bonny Kate. I think he’s far better than that effort. With a 2mt break to freshen up and a capable 5lb claimer up, Mouse’s 9yr old can go better than when 5th beaten 7L in 2014.

Selections:

1 point each way Futuramic 33/1 with Bet365, Paddy Power and Skybet (each way 1/4 odds 5 places)

1 point each way Folsom Blue 28/1 with Bet365 (each way 1/4 odds 5 places)

Already advised: 1pt e/w Another Hero 14/1

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