Ballyoptic Odds and Grand National Form 2019

10:52, 20 Feb 2019 Updated 11:00, 20 Feb 2019
Ballyoptic had a touch of class over hurdles that saw him win the Grade One Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree, but it always looked as though steeplechasing would be where his future would lie. The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained gelding began his chasing career at Exeter where he comprehensively defeated subsequent Welsh Grand National winner Elegant Escape by thirteen lengths. A further victory later that season in the Grade Two Towton Novices’ Chase ensured that he went into the RSA at the Cheltenham Festival as one of the main fancied runners. Ballyoptic could only manage fourth in that race behind Presenting Percy but then his canny trainer decided to aim the gelding at the Scottish National when still classified as a novice. The audacious plan nearly paid off as Ballyoptic very nearly managed to reel in Joe Farrell at Ayr, losing out by just a nose. The defeat at Ayr did show that Ballyoptic has an abundance of stamina and given the stable’s fine record at Aintree it looked inevitable that this young horse would be aimed at the Grand National. The Becher Chase was first on the race agenda this season, but things did not go to plan when Ballyoptic fell at the eleventh fence. A subsequent sixth placing when top weight in the Welsh National could suggest that Ballyoptic is not particularly well handicapped now but his stamina and his ability to go on any ground should ensure that he will give his supporters a good run for their money at Aintree.
Ballyoptic Basic Info
Horse: Ballyoptic
Number: Not known yet
Trainer: Nigel Twiston Davies
Age: 9
Jockey: Not known yet
Weight: 10-11
Ballyoptic Form Stats
Official BHA Rating: 155
Last 5 Races: 142-F6
Wins over 3-4 Miles: 3
Wins over 4 Miles: 0
Biggest Chase Win: £20,000
Prize Money - This Season: £2,000
Prize Money - Career: £214,000
Wins / Runs This Season: 0/2
Falls This Season: 1
Career Falls: 3
Runs in Chases: 8
Runs over Grand National Fences: 1
Days Since Last Race
(on day of race):
Ballyoptic - Our Ratings (out of 10)
Stamina: 8
Jumping: 5
Form: 7
Ability to Handle the Course: 6
Ground Preference: 5
Stable Rating: 8

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Odds are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change

20/02/19 11:03:01