Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup betting: William Hill: 9-4 Celestial Gold, 9-2 Nil Desperandum
, 6-1 Ollie Magern, Royal Auclair, 13-2 Lord Transcend, 12-1 Frenchman's Creek, 14-1 First Gold, Gunther McBride, 18-1 Puntal, 33-1 Lord Of The River, Swansea Bay, 40-1 Midland Flame, 50-1 Artic Jack, 66-1 Supreme Glory.
15) at Uttoxeter is an exception, because it has thrown up a couple of particularly interesting runners at the prices in Nil Desperandum
My three National hopes - Point Barrow (16-1 Ladbrokes, BetDirect, PremierBet), Longshanks (33-1 generally) and Nil Desperandum
(16-1 generally) - have been given a big chance of victory by the handicapper.
Ladbrokes bet: 5 Clan Royal, 7 Dun Doire, Tanterari, 8 Pearly Jack, 9 Jack High, 12 Le Duc, 14 Eurotrek, McKelvey, Nil Desperandum
, 16 bar.
Garvivonnian and Numbersixvalverde are strong contenders from the Emerald Isle, probably to a lesser degree, Jack High, and the one I fancy, Nil Desperandum
The Dusty Sheehy-trained runner was sent off the 6-4 favourite for the two-and-a-half-mile Grade Two contest and he accelerated away on the run-in to beat Central House by seven lengths with Nil Desperandum
back in third.
Ladbrokes had made the gelding a 16-1 shot when they first opened their book but he is now 9-4 with the firm, who also reported big money for Nil Desperandum
, into 4-1 from an initial 25's.
HENNESSY COGNAC GOLD CUP BETTING, Coral: 7-2 Celestial Gold, 7-1 Joly Bey, Lord Transcend, 8-1 Ollie Magern, 9-1 Royal Auclair, 10-1 Ballycassidy, 11-1 Nil Desperandum
, 12-1 Frenchman's Creek, 16-1 Gunther McBride, First Gold, Take The Stand, Vodka Bleu, 20-1 Lord Of The River, Puntal, Desailly, 33-1 bar.
Top weights Ladalko and Nil Desperandum
both landed big pots on their most recent starts and bring a touch of class to the race.
Venetia Williams has her stable in fine format present and Nil Desperandum
heads her three entries.
Christine correctly picked the first four home in the John Smiths National for her Aintree Team - Numbersixvalverde, Hedgehunter, Clan Royal and Nil Desperandum
Latest odds from William Hill: 8-1 Hedgehunter, 9-1 Amberleigh House, 10-1 Clan Royal, 11-1 Forest Gunner, 12-1 Strong Resolve, 14-1 Joly Bey, 20-1 Colnel Rayburn, Longshanks, Lord Atterbury, Take The Stand, 22-1 Innox, Monty's Pass, 25-1 Bindaree, Nil Desperandum
, 28-1 It Takes Time; 33-1 Double Honour, First Gold, Just in Debt, Royal Auclair, and Spot Thedifference, 40-1 bar.