Recall looks Totally up to Grand National Task

Ruben Hill
April 12, 2018

The Grand National is nearly upon us and people up and down the country will soon be selecting their horses for the big race. As is usually the case, we have a strong group of contenders coming across the Irish Sea to try and take the title home with them, and the best of those may be the Willie Mullins trained Total Recall.

It is unclear who will be the Grand National favourite just yet, and what normally happens is that punters go with one horse on the day, and this emerges as favourite. Total Recall could be the favourite, but other horses including Anibale Fly, Blaklion and Tiger Roll will ensure that the race for favouritism is not a one-horse one.

When placing your Grand National bets, be sure to look for horses that can handle the soft conditions. One reason Total Recall may be backed into favouritism is that he likes soft ground, and two of his three wins this season have come on ground described as soft. That combined with the form we have seen from him this season gives him a great shout to win the big one on Saturday.

The road to the Grand National for Total Recall began back in October when he was an impressive winner of the Munster National in Ireland. That race propelled him into the spotlight and since then he hasn’t looked back. From there, he came across to England and won the Ladbroke Trophy at Newbury, a race which is known to be one of the most competitive handicap chases of the season. Alongside the second-placed horse Whisper, he demolished a very good field and showed that he was indeed a little special, and it was time to get excited about him.

One thing we do have to forgive Total Recall is a fall last time out. That came in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and although he is fine and was fine straight after the fall, it will be a worry for some punters. The positive to that race is that he was running a very good race, and just beginning to move himself into contention. Although he would not have won that day, because the front two were exceptional, he could have run into a place and that would have set him up perfectly for the National.

As ever, the Grand National looks to be a hugely competitive race and many people will have their own fancies for Saturday. However, when looking through the field, Total Recall has been at the top of his game all season long, and appears to have a touch of class about him. Not only has he run well and won races, but he has won some good races this season and this would be the cherry on top of a fantastic season for him. He needs to get over his fall last time out, but assuming he does that, he looks to have a great chance of going close in Saturday’s big race.

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