Grand weather or not?
Saturday is the peak of one of England’s historic racing festivals. With two fences having been ‘made safer’ after last year’s sad losses, I don’t think that the Grand National will be that much altered – the weather plays such a big part, and this year is no exception (or not). The ground was drying again on Wednesday, and the going is good, good to soft in places. With unsettled weather forecast, a couple of heavy showers could change the picture considerably. It means that wise punters will be waiting for the day before laying out.
Ecclestone eggs the cake with Bahrein bluster
Tell us Bernie, is the Bahrein Grand Prix on or off? The news is as spotty as an Eccle cake - on/off/black/white – make your mind up! Ok, I’ve got that off my chest now to Shanghai shenanigans.
Weather plays as much a part in F1 as at Aintree. It looks set for a fine day on Saturday for final qualifying, and Hamilton is at 5/4 for Pole (Button 5/1). Maclaren have been looking good, and there’s more chance of rain there on Sunday than at Aintree.
Rain favours the current Ferrari setup, and with showers forecast morning and evening then the race (3pm local time) should be dry – so that’s Ferrari out of the running (12/1 Ferrari win). The money favours experience for the Win, with Button at 11/4 and Hamilton 7/2.
It’s a 7 am UK start if you are up for it!