The Grand National is famously difficult to predict, and one that isn’t always a kind race for the favourites. Indeed, we have seen many big-priced winners in recent years, including the 66/1 shot Aurora’s Encore, trained by Yorkshire-based Sue Smith.
However, this year there is such momentum behind last year’s winner, Tiger Roll, that it would be considered something of a shock if the Gordon Elliott trained horse does not pass the finish line first on Saturday evening.
People often talk about a mixed season but Hull City have had probably the most mixed of mixed seasons. After picking up just four wins between August and the start of December, the Tigers have lost just four games ever since.
Between the beginning of December and the middle of January, Hull won seven out of eight games, reverting to their inconsistent selves over the past couple of months.
The blue and golds kick-started their season with this win which was harder work than the scoreline suggests. Barrow Island arrived in town looking to extend a seven-game winning run stretching back to last July but the hosts had other ideas.
Barrow looked to blow the opposition away very early on and raced to an 18-0 lead in only 11 minutes. Jack Howdle forced his way over from close range quickly followed by a try from dummy half by Tom Moor.
Beware the ides of March. But not this week. After the dismal affair a week ago at Dinnington Beverley were back on top form securing another outstanding bonus point win – the seventh in their last eight games.
Crossleyans started the match only one point behind Beverley but never really got a look-in and Beverley comfortably cruised home scoring six tries in the process all of which Phil Duboulay converted in difficult conditions.
We are just weeks away from the start of the 2019 Flat season in the UK, where Beverley Racecourse will hold 15 meetings across the year at the Yorkshire venue. Before then, though, racing fans will be looking forward to the world’s most famous steeplechase, the Grand National.
The 4m2f contest at Aintree racecourse is arguably the most unique contest on the racing calendar, given the size of the obstacles the horses have to jump. A sell-out crowd is expected once again in April with thousands set to travel from Yorkshire for the meeting.