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Grand National looking bright for Becauseicouldntsee

| 27.03.2011

Becauseicouldntsee has not enjoyed the greatest preparation for the Grand National, but it is believed that regular partner Davy Russell will recover from injury in time to take the ride at Aintree.

There were doubts as to whether Russell would recover in time for Aintree after he suffered a hairline fracture to his hand in a fall at Thurles.

However, it has now been identified that the injury should only keep Russell off the course for ten days, giving him ample time to ensure he is ready for Aintree.

The booking of Russell for Becauseicouldntsee is especially pivotal given the form of the jockey over the course of the season.

Russell has been battling with Paul Townend for much of the campaign in the race to be crowned top Irish jump jockey, while he also showed his class at the recent Cheltenham Festival, riding two winners.

Becauseicouldntsee is 25/1 in the Grand National betting this looks decent each-way value.

Although the horse has not run at Aintree before, he has proven that he can stay four miles and did so over the demanding fences of Cheltenham at last year’s Festival.

Meanwhile, he also displayed solid recent form at Leopardstown over Christmas when chasing home Majestic Concorde in the Paddy Power Chase.

This race caused Becauseicouldntsee to have to overcome his own problems as it was discovered that an operation was required to repair a damaged hind leg caused by another horse jumping into him.

Furthermore, being an eight-year-old, Noel Glynn’s horse is believed to be the correct age to be suited to the challenge of the Grand National, as it has been over 70 years since a horse younger than eight has secured victory.

A £20 stake on Becauseicouldntsee winning the Grand National would return £500. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of free bets totalling up to £60.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.