Minella Rocco Odds and Grand National Form 2019

10:54, 20 Feb 2019 Updated 11:02, 20 Feb 2019
Minella Rocco didn’t break his duck over fences until winning the four-mile National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham two seasons ago. The big step up in distance obviously played to the young horse’s strengths and the form of that race has been underlined in spades with the runner-up (Native River) going on to take numerous big races including this year’s Gold Cup and the 5th horse, Vicente, going on to win two Scottish Nationals. Trainer Jonjo O’Neill decided to give Minella Rocco a run in the Gold Cup last year and that piece of ambitious placing paid dividends with the horse staying on well to finish second to Sizing John. Things haven’t really gone to plan this season and his trainer has stated that the horse really needs decent ground to perform at his best so the likely soft ground at Aintree may not play to his strengths. Minella Rocco’s form on good or good to soft ground reads 13F2 and those four races are where he has recorded his four best Racing Post Ratings. It also extremely significant that O’Neill chose to miss Cheltenham this year stating that the whole focus of this horse’s year has been the Grand National. The trainer has also instigated wind surgery on the horse since his last run suggesting that his poor form this season could have been down to an issue in that area. Understandably a number of pundits have highlighted this horse’s erratic jumping as a possible issue at Aintree. O’Neill feels that the bigger fences will make the horse concentrate more. Many Clouds showed that a horse can win the National with a big weight and Minella Rocco has the class to take the 2018 Grand National.
Minella Rocco Basic Info
Horse: Minella Rocco
Number: Not known yet
Trainer: Jonjo ONeill
Age: 9
Jockey: Not known yet
Weight: 10-11
Minella Rocco Form Stats
Official BHA Rating: 162
Last 5 Races: 2-4P4F
Wins over 3-4 Miles: 0
Wins over 4 Miles: 1
Biggest Chase Win: £60,000
Prize Money - This Season: £6,000
Prize Money - Career: £212,000
Wins / Runs This Season: 0/4
Falls This Season: 1
Career Falls: 3
Runs in Chases: 13
Runs over Grand National Fences: 0
Days Since Last Race
(on day of race):
Minella Rocco - Our Ratings (out of 10)
Stamina: 8
Jumping: 5
Form: 7
Ability to Handle the Course: 5
Ground Preference: 4
Stable Rating: 8

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