Shamiran looks a decent price at 20/1 for this race. He has been in great form on the flat and over hurdles last year. He probably needed his last run after a break and is about 4-6 points bigger than I would have expected. His racing style could well make his a very decent shout to place at least.
1 Point EW 20/1
Irish Grand National
I’m never one for going for any of the favourites in these races as they are invariably too short, and recent results in this race have proven that point. I’m going for 2 long shots that have on their best form the capability to compete. Both have been poor enough lately but that has resulted in a very big price. Cross Appeal won the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown last year and followed up with a great run of a higher mark in the Galway Place. He is still a young and possibly improving horse, who hopefully has had this race in mind. He looks easily worth 40/1 with 5 places on Stan James. I’m also going with Our Victoria at an even bigger price. She was a very good 4th in 4 miler at the festival last year of a higher mark, has had a break lately and is actually very consistent in her runs. 50/1 with 5 places looks huge, given that she will stay the trip.
1 Point EW 40/1 Cross Appeal Stan James 5 Places
1 Point EW 50/1 Our Victoria Stan James 5 Places