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2021 Punchestown Grand National Trial Tips - Two 10-year-olds to back on Sunday

  • We take a look through the betting for the 2021 Punchestown Grand National Trial Handicap Chase
  • This historic National Trial headlines the card at Punchestown on Sunday 14th February
  • The Big Dog narrowly heads a competitive market
  • Screaming Colours and Se Mo Laoch are our two against the field
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Punchestown races. (Getty)

Sunday's card at Punchestown is headlined by the Grand National Trial. This lucrative staying handicap chase will not only provide punters with pointers towards the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse, but also the Aintree Grand National, as a handful of Sunday's runners hold entry in the world's most famous chase.

We've taken a look through the current betting for Sunday's feature, before picking out two betting tips.

2021 Punchestown Grand National Trial Odds


Name
Odds
The Big Dog6/1
Discordantly7/1
Nick Lost7/1
Midnight Maestro7/1
Moyhenna10/1
Thermistocles10/1
Bar11/1

*Odds taken on 13/2/21*

2021 Punchestown Grand National Runners


The Big Dog2021 Punchestown Grand National Trial FavouriteGET 6/1 HERE
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Novices' winning handicaps has become somewhat of a trend in recent seasons. Just look at the Thyestes Handicap Chase last month, where two novices who'd failed to win a chase in nine starts between them occupied the first two places.

So, it's no surprise to see a novice sitting atop the betting for this Grand National Trial. The Big Dog has shown promise in his four starts over fences so far, finishing third three times, and Peter Fahey has secured the services of top amateur rider, Jamie Codd.

Discordantly was one of my selections in the Thyestes, so I was disappointed to see Robbie Power unseated at just the second obstacles. Enda Bolger's Midnight Maestro also holds appeal, having won a competitive handicap during Leopardstown's Christmas Festival.

However, all three currently sit at 7/1 or under to win on Sunday. In a handicap chase as competitive as this, I think there's little value backing a runner as short as that - unless a ton of market support comes before the off.

I'm going to side with a couple of ten-year-olds who come into this right at the bottom of the weights.

2021 Punchestown Grand National Trial Tip 1


Screaming Colours E/W2021 Punchestown Grand National Trial Tip 1GET 11/1 HERE
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All of SCREAMING COLOURS' outings so far this season have come at Punchestown. 

William Durkan's charge made the most of a lowly mark to win a handicap by eight lengths on his reappearances. Screaming Colours then stayed on to finish second twice, carrying weights of 11-5 and 11-10.

Thanks to Conor Orr's claimer, Durkan's ten-year-old has just 10-00 to shoulder in this higher-quality race. Screaming Colours has clocked RPRs in the mid 130s on a number of occasions over the last two years, so I'm confident he can compete off an official rating of 128.

2021 Punchestown Grand National Trial Tips 2


Se Mo Laoch E/W2021 Punchestown Grand National Trial Tip 2GET 12/1 HERE
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SE MO LAOCH'S last run over fences came in the Midlands Grand National, where he finished sixth off a mark of 131.

Brian McMahon's stayer finished a close fourth in the Amateur National here at Punchestown last season, having won that 25-and-a-half-furlong contest the previous season.

On his reappearance, Se Mo Laoch ran a cracking race over hurdles here, staying on for second behind Unexcepted Depth - who's placed twice in Festival handicaps since. Phillip Enright's mount now returns to chasing off an official mark of just 126, and his record around this track has to be respected.
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Verdict

Screaming Colours and Se Mo Loach carry very little weight into this competitive handicap. Both boast solid course form and jump fences particularly well. 11/1 and 12/1 are nice prices.

2021 Punchestown Grand National Trial Tip 1: Screaming Colours Each-Way @1100.0 at BetMGM - 5 Units
2021 Punchestown Grand National Trial Tip 2: Se Mo Laoch Each-Way @1200.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 5 Units

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