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17.35 Aintree – Punters should worship Saint Luke in Aintree’s finale

| 09.04.2011

It’s never a nice thought preparing for the final race of the Grand National meeting knowing the next Grand National is 365 days away, but for punters it offers one final chance of a big winner.

The Grand National is the final major meeting of the British National Hunt season and while Punchestown Festival keeps the National Hunt season going for a little while longer, the final race at Aintree usually signals the start of the Flat season.

So punters should look to the John Smith’s Champion Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race to finish the National Hunt season on a high, and talking of high places, Saint Luke can reward the punter’s faith.

At 40/1 to win, Peter Bowen’s six-year-old can overcome a poor run in the Cheltenham bumper and get back to the form which saw him win three of his first four starts.

Bowen’s record at Aintree is pretty strong from a select number of runners and with Aidan Coleman on board, punters can find a big price winner.

The Cheltenham Bumper is probably the race that provides the most insight into the form of these runners, and Cinders And Ashes (12/1) and Oscar Magic (14/1) are the only two other runners in this 20-runner field that competed at Cheltenham.

Considering Cinders And Ashes finished fifth that day his form has to be respected and the 12/1 chance is a big rival to Saint Luke.

However thanks to some divine intervention, Laveroque has appeared on our radar and after a loss to Rock On Ruby in a flat race at Cheltenham in November, the Charlie Longsdon five-year-old who hasn’t run since is a huge contender.

At 12/1 to win Laveroque can close out the Grand National meeting in what has been a fantastic three days of National Hunt racing.

A £20 stake on Laveroque winning the Champion Standard flat race would return £260. Take advantage of Ladbrokes’ Grand National odds.



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.