Bud Blooms In Becher - Hello Grand National!
Nigel Twiston-Davies smashed in round two of a premier-race weekend double as Hello Bud bagged Becher glory on Sunday, the resplendent steeplechaser earning himself a Grand National quote of 33-1 with William Hill.
Going four better than in both 2009's renewal and Aintree's April showpiece, the twelve-year-old dazzled in making all of the running under Sam Twiston-Davies, and, despite an action-laden three-miles-two, the gelding refused to capitulate his position - even throughout a tenacious challenge down the run-in by Howard Johnson's Royal Rosa - the latter himself receiving a 40-1 quote for the spring highlight.
Lucy Rhodes, spokeswoman for William Hill, comments: "The Grange Farm gang are seemingly unstoppable at present, doubling-up on the Merseyside medals just a week after planting yet another top-class Cheltenham triumph. Moreover, this marvellous exhibition only exemplifies how young Sam is continuing to rise through the riding echelons."
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John Smiths Grand National: Hello Bud 33-1 [inserted], Royal Rosa 40-1 [inserted], One Cool Cookie [inserted], Vic Venturi 40-1 [inserted], Frankie Figg 50-1 [inserted], Tidal Bay 50-1 [inserted]
Cheltenham Gold Cup: Tidal Bay 50-1 [inserted]
Arkle Trophy: Alfie Flits 50-1 [inserted]
Neptune Investment Management Novices Hurdle: Fully Funded 33-1 [inserted]
Triumph Hurdle: Current Event 66-1 [inserted], Frankino 50-1 [inserted]
Japan Cup: Buena Vista 7-2 (from 4-1)
John Smiths Grand National: Merigo 33-1 (from 25-1)
John Smiths Grand National: 12-1 Denman, 16-1 Dont Push It, 20-1 Black Apalachi, 25-1 Big Fella Thanks, Midnight Chase, Niche Market, 33-1 Any Currency, Ballabriggs, Bluesea Cracker, Hello Bud [inserted], Merigo, State Of Play, The Midnight Club, 40-1 BecauseIcouldn'tsee, Oscar Time, Royal Rosa [inserted], Tricky Trickster, Vic Venturi [inserted], 50-1 Frankie Figg [inserted], Maljimar, One Cool Cookie (EW 1,2,3,4)
2010/2011 NH Trainers Championship: 2-5 Paul Nicholls, 9-4 Nicky Henderson, 20-1 Nigel Twiston-Davies, 25-1 Alan King, 33-1 Jonjo O'Neill - win only (others on request)