Nice bit of value today at Haydock in the Grand National trial 2:55.

I think VIKING BLOND is handicapped perfectly for this with a mark of 132 and Adam Wedge claiming 3lb. He basically runs off a very low weight of 10 stone 3lb.

Last time out he ran a decent race finishing 2nd to On Trend at level weights. The Winner is now rated 140.

Previous race was dissapointing in the The Welsh National. He was well fancied that day going off at 8/1 and I know connections expected a big run and were bitterly dissapointed. He faces 1st and 2nd of the Welsh National again today and although that form will be hard to turn around he has massive weight advantage today. He is on 14lb better terms with Monbeg dude and a stone better off with Teaforthree. That is a massive advantage.

Back in November he finished 3rd to Monbeg dude going down by 2 and 1/2 lengths on even worse terms. I know there is a big race in him and have feeling today is his day. At 16/1 he represents big value each way.


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