Talking Horses: from the North Yorkshire Grand National to the Dubai Carnival

There’s an 11-1 offering worth looking at in Catterick’s jumps showpiece, while there’s also Flat action from Leicester to Meydan

It is the biggest day of the jumping season at Catterick Bridge, as nine runners go to post to chase a first prize of £16,000 in the North Yorkshire Grand National, and while I Just Know and Sun Cloud are vying for favouritism, Gonalston Cloud (2.35) could prove to be a better bet at odds of around 11-1.

Nick Kent’s gelding is unlikely to be getting any better at the age of 11, but he has been a tough and consistent chaser at his best in recent seasons and goes particularly well over extreme trips such as Catterick’s three miles and six furlongs. He also tends to run into form at this point in the season, with a win on Boxing Day in 2016 followed by a close second in this race off a 3lb lower mark.

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