Candy is pick of the mix to secure victory during the hotly-contested virtual Grand National
- Kimberlite Candy is the best bet to secure triumph in the virtual Grand National
- However, Tiger Roll must also be popular to secure a hat-trick of wins in race
- This year’s Grand National will be contested virtually due to coronavirus
Despite his big weight, dual winner Tiger Roll must surely go close to landing a Grand National hat-trick in Saturday’s virtual race, but KIMBERLITE CANDY is carrying my £5 bet.
The Tom Lacey-trained runner brings some solid real form to this virtual scenario with a win in the Classic Chase at Warwick in January, the same race won by One For Arthur before he won the 2017 Grand National.
Kimberlite Candy also ran in this season’s Becher Chase at Aintree in December, a race that might hold the key to the outcome.
Kimberlite Candy must surely be favourite to earn victory in the virtual Grand National
Three of the leading British contenders ran in that race, with Walk In The Mill and Definitly Red the other two. Walk In The Mill, fourth in last year’s National, came out on top ahead of Kimberlite Candy, winning the Becher Chase for the second year in a row.
But this longer race plays to the strengths of Kimberlite Candy. Becher Chase third Alpha Des Obeaux, like Tiger Roll trained by Gordon Elliott, is the best each-way hope, while Welsh Grand National winner Potters Corner adds strength to the British challenge.
It is hard to see Tiger Roll finishing outside the places. He even won the Virtual Grand National in 2018 as well as the real thing. He was beaten when bidding for a Cross Country Chase hattrick at Cheltenham last month but after a campaign hampered by injury he would have been trained with this day in mind.
However, Tiger Roll’s task has been made very hard by the burden of top weight. Peter Scudamore is a racing expert for Freebets.com
It is difficult to see Tiger Roll – the 2018 Virtual Grand National winner – not placing