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17.25 Aintree: Suzie can dazzle the enemy in Friday’s finale

| 08.04.2011

Friday has proven a tricky day for punters and Friday’s final race is not making things any easier.

The 2m 1f John Smith’s Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Final Race sees amateur jockeys mix it with the likes of Ruby Walsh and AP McCoy, and it’s a great chance for some of the amateur riders to register a winner at Aintree’s Grand National meeting.

Mr P W Mullins is the most fancied amateur aboard Ceol Rua (8/1), and considering the Irish – and more importantly Willie Mullins – love a flat race, there’s a lot to like about Ceol Rua’s chances.

There’s no doubt that Ceol Rua will stay but whether she has the speed to mount a challenge is doubted, and with three horses in front of her in the betting – all with professional jockeys on board – it may be that the Mullins combination falls short.

Baby Shine (6/1), ridden by Leighton Aspell, Glorious Feeling (6/1), ridden by AP McCoy and Tante Sissi (6/1), ridden by Robert Thornton are all competing for favouritism and it’s the latter who looks the stronger.

In races such as these, personal preference is for the more experienced of the runners and with five starts to her name and five places, Tante Sissi certainly has what it takes to mount a challenge.

A win at Fakenham in February was followed by a second place at Sandown in a 20-runner field, and as a four-year-old, Tante Sissi receives an extra 6lb from the handicapper.

But we’re siding with the marvelously named Dazzling Susie who will run off the same weight as Tante Sissi with amateur rider Mr B J Foley taking 7lb off her back.

At 16/1 to win, Dazzling Susie is a huge price and with two wins in her last two starts – one in a field of 18 runners – the John P O’Callaghan six-year-old certainly knows how to win.

A £20 stake on Dazzling Susie winning the Flat Race would return £340. New customers can sign up here to get £60 in free bets.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.