Irish Grand National: Target can hit the bullseye

A cracking renewal (4.50 Fairyhouse) and Some Target makes plenty of appeal at 22/1 to land the spoils for Willie Mullins.

The gelding is an out and out stayer who will relish the stamina test and really caught the eye last time out when fourth in the Grand National Trial at Haydock.

Although eventually beaten just over 19 lengths into fourth behind Giles Cross he ran far better than his finishing position suggests.

After being held up at the rear he made smooth headway five out to cruise into contention approaching the second last and looked sure to play a hand in the finish until weakening approaching the last in the very testing conditions..

It was an effort which suggested he had a big prize in him, and today’s better ground should suit him far better.

The eight-year-old has since been dropped another pound by the handicapper and is now only 7lb higher than when landing the Punchestown National Trial last year.

He is also on the same mark as when a fine fourth of 25 to Groody Hill in the Troytown at Navan back in November, and now meets that rival on a stone better terms for an 8 length beating.

That gives him every chance of turning the tables, and there is no way in my book that he should be available to back at more than twice the odds of the market leader.

Another plus is that he gets on really well with Paul Townend, and at the odds on offer he looks terrific each-way value with bet365 who are paying five places.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Some Target (22/1 bet365 – BOG, 1/4 odds 1,2,3,4,5)

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