The Grand National

Everybody's favourite race is wide open as ever this year. I like the look of THE PACKAGE, although it is a bit young for me at seven.

MALJIMAR, the one above it also has appeal, but the one that tickles my particular fancy and will be getting some of my each way cash at decent odds is....FLINTOFF at 66/1.

Don't worry about the fact that it pulled up last time out (in the Welsh National), it seems to be a quirky sort of a horse who has pulled up on several occasions before, then ran extremely well subsequently.

Like it's namesake and owner Freddie, it can clearly either be a world beater or a pig in a wig, with little apparent warning which one you are going to get. Let's hope it's the former tomorrow.

Prior to that it had been placed in the Midlands and Scottish Nationals. In the latter race it was around 30 lengths in front of last season's winner Mon Mome and is now a stone better off at the weights.

It has also finished a creditable 6th in the Irish version, so staying isn't going to be a problem tomorrow. It is obviously a bit of a "national" specialist.

OK, I'm not suggesting that it's a certainty or anything, but worth a punt at those odds.