David Pipe’s seasoned campaigner Faasel could be in with an outside chance of scooping this year’s Grand National after impressing at the Cheltenham Festival this week.
The horse, who is now at the grand old age of ten, has once again shown how much he loves spring racing by putting in an excellent performance to finish second in the Fulke Walwyn Kin Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival.
Faasel was well beaten by his stablemate Junior, who stormed home by a stunning 24 lengths, but the intricacies of the Grand National weights system mean it is the runner up who is more likely to take his place at the starting line up when the world’s greatest steeplechase rolls around in April.
The ten-year-old has been allocated 10st 1lb for the National and may be able to take his chance on the big day if a few other runners pull out. However, Junior has been given 3lbs less and because of this has only the slimmest chance of being given the nod for the big race.
A rank outsider for the Grand National, many see 150-1 shot Faasel as something of a Cheltenham specialist, given his good record in the Festival. However, it shouldn’t be forgotten that he has also gone well at Aintree’s Mildmay course and can perform on a flat track as well and those looking for Grand National betting tips should bear this in mind.
Despite his somewhat unusual habits, Faasel still has plenty of talent and with his current odds could represent an excellent each-way bet as the Grand National approaches.