The Last Samuri Betting
The Last Samuri is a hugely progressive staying chaser, who will aim to continue on an upward curve on April 9 when he lines up in the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National, and having won the Grimthorpe Chase with aplomb last time out, he will be aiming to follow that up with a success at Aintree for trainer Kim Bailey.
- 5th March 2016 - Doncaster - Grimthorpe Chase - 3m, 2f 14y - 1st
- 27th December 2015 - Kempton Park - William Hill Handicap Chase - 3m - 1st
- 28th November 2015 - Newcastle - Rehearsal Chase - 2m, 75 91y - 3rd
Kim Bailey trained Mr Frisk to Grand National glory in 1990 and the experienced National Hunt handler will fancy his chances of regaining the coveted Aintree crown on April 9 as he saddles The Last Samuri, who has blossomed over fences this season, and could be a leading contender for the 2016 renewal.
He kicked off his season with a creditable third in Newcastle's Rehearsal Chase, but it was his fine win at Kempton Park in late December that really highlighted his ability over the larger obstaces, as he stormed to glory in a competitive-looking event, which then first propelled him into the National picture.
An authoritative victory in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster in early March saw his price plummet for the Grand National and off an attractive mark he is now a prominent figure in the betting, and with this stamina-sapping event likely to play to his strengths then he will be one of the leading fancies for the race.
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VERDICT: A staying chaser on the up, The Last Samuri was an eye-catching winner of the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster last time out, and while this will be a tougher task again, he looks to have the potential to improve again and has to be a key figure in the 2016 Grand National.