Racing: Punters' Guide - Eudipe's power to keep Wolfe at bay
Steve Smith Eccles analyses today's Greenalls Grand National Trial at Haydock
Saturday 27 February 1999
Cyborgo: Has had his problems and is one to avoid.
Eudipe: A class act who was second to Teeton Mill on soft ground in the Hennessy before obliging over a longer trip at Sandown. Sure to be in the first three barring a fall.
Earthmover: His form figures - fell and unseated rider - fail to inspire but if this normally good jumper puts in a clear round I expect him to be in the thick of it.
Fiddling The Facts: A tough, consistent mare who jumps well and stays. However, she lacks a turn of foot and will probably have to be content with a minor placing.
Dom Samourai: This little grey has to be pushed and squeezed every inch of the way and usually tires his jockey out before the finish.
Him Of Praise: Came good in the Uttoxeter National Trial and could confirm superiority over Fiddling The Facts, Forest Ivory and Mudahim.
Mudahim: Ran well last time but looks too long in the tooth at the age of 13.
Forest Ivory: Always seems to run well without getting involved in the finish.
Davy Blake: Came good at Kelso last time but has a lot more on his plate here.
Young Kenny: Stays well but better in his own grade.
Cavalero: Another who is unlikely to figure.
Island Chief: Has two wins to his credit but takes on some good horses from a long way out of the handicap.
Conclusion: EUDIPE'S form is rock solid. His performance behind the Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite, Teeton Mill, in the Hennessy Gold Cup was first class and Martin Pipe's runner should oblige. The danger is Earthmover.
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
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