As punters scour the ante-post markets looking for the right horse to carry their cash in the John Smith's Grand National, those who believe in coincidence names might just wonder if Snowy Morning could be the most appropriate on the list with Britain and Ireland once again blanketed by a heavy fall of the ‘white stuff', writes Elliot Slater.
For regular Grand National punters, those that follow racing on a day-to-day basis and those that just have a pound each-way once a year, Snowy Morning has become something of a standing dish, having finished a tremendous third to Comply Or Die in 2008 and been prominent up until the final fence a year later before tiring on the long run-in.
Willie Mullins' grand chaser is set to have another crack at the Aintree marathon in April and connections will be hoping that it will be third time lucky for the ten-year-old. The handicapper has allotted the gelding a handy 10st 13lbs and having shown himself to be in good form already this term (he was an honourable runner-up to former champion chaser Newmill at Thurles over two-and-a-half miles last time out), there are good reasons for believing that the Irish raider has every bit as good a chance this year as he had on his previous two visits to Aintree.
Generally a very sound jumper and already proven over the extreme distance of the Grand National, Snowy Morning goes on any ground and is a thoroughly genuine performer and one to consider when placing your Free Grand National Bets. Although some judges believe he is at his best on a decent surface rather than in very testing conditions.
A 33/1 chance at the moment when you Bet on Aintree Grand National horses, there are a number of candidates to trading at shorter odds who are far less likely to perform over the daunting Aintree obstacles and there seems little argument that Snowy Morning looks sure to once again give supporters a great run for their money.
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