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14:55 Southwell

Grand National 2018 At freebetting.co.uk Handicap (Class 5)

  • 6 Runners
  • Distance: 6f 16y
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Fibresand
  • £7,500 added
  • Winner: £4,075
  • 2nd: £1,213
  • 3rd: £606
  • 4th: £303
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 1m 14.56s
  • Off Time: 15:01:04
  • 6 Ran
1(2)
Silk - Dark green, maroon hoop and armlets, white cap
5/6
  • Form 095-811
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-13
  • Official Rating 70

close up, pushed along halfway, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon pressed, asserted towards finish

2(5)
Silk - Royal blue, yellow triple diamond, yellow sleeves, royal blue spots, royal blue cap, yellow diamonds

Angel Palanas

14 p CD
7/2
  • Form 311563
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-9
  • Official Rating 72

dwelt headway to press leader over 4f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

3(6)
Silk - Red, Red cap, White spots
13/2
  • Form 3006/4-3
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-4
  • Official Rating 67

awkwardly away and slow into stride, in rear, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, stayed on towards finish

4(3)
Silk - Yellow, Black chevron, diamonds on sleeves, Black cap
20/1
  • Form 622127-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-4
  • Official Rating 67

tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, pressed winner until no extra towards finish

5(1)
Silk - Dark Green and Light Green (quartered), White sleeves, Red cap
8/1
  • Form 86376-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-2
  • Official Rating 65

dwelt towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out

6(4)
Silk - Dark blue, white epaulets, red and dark blue striped sleeves, dark blue and red hooped cap
22/1
  • Form 761267
  • Age 7
  • Weight 8-9
  • Official Rating 58

soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

The pair at the head of the weights make most appeal and MONKS STAND is just afforded preference as he's clearly taken to this surface with relish and could still be improving. He is partnered once again by the champion jockey, the combination having scored here last time with something to spare. Angel Palanas has gained both career successes here and ran well enough last time in this grade to indicate he's a player once again. Brockholes is interesting as he's lightly-raced and returned to action after over a year off with a promising third at Newcastle in February. He also ran quite well on his only previous visit here and could shake up the aforementioned pair.

Formwatch

Monks Stand (USA) 5-2fav (10-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, driven and headway to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Southwell 6f hcp (5) pol in Mar beating Gleaming Sun (8-4) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.

Angel Palanas 5-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, pushed along 4f out, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Kommander Kirkup (9-2) at Southwell 6f hcp (5) pol in Mar.

Brockholes 12-1 (9-4) In touch in mid-division, headway over 1f out, bumped well inside final furlong, went 3rd last stride, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Big Lachie (9-5) at Newcastle 5f hcp (5) pol in Feb.

Bellevarde (IRE) 11-8fav (9-4) Tracked winner, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 6 1/4l behind Spirit Of Rosanna (8-10) at Bath 5f hcp fll (5) sft in Oct.

Soldier Blue (FR) 2-1fav (9-5) Prominent, hung right throughout, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened quickly, eased, 6th of 7, dist behind Frankster (9-8) at Pontefract 1m mdn stks (5) sft in Oct.

Coiste Bodhar (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Close up, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Archimedes (10-2) at Southwell 5f hcp (6) pol in Mar.