IT was good to get CAPPA
BLEU, second to Auroras Encore in the Grand National last April, back on track at Carlisle last Monday, and I was delighted with his fourth because he was as big as a bull - the heaviest he's ever been.
classic chase The Grand National is CAPPA
BLEU's ultimate aim this season but he can take this valuable prize first, writes Stuart Redding.
15 Newbury, nap) ROCKAVON (of the Sunday Mail) Today's nap: CAPPA
Brack scored an upset victory to win the richest race of the day at the races in Sakhir yesterday.
BLEU, a general 25-1 shot for John Smith's Grand National glory next spring, takes his first step towards another tilt at the Aintree marathon when he reappears in the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Graduation Chase (2.
Bleu, the horse many predicted would be a Cheltenham Gold Cup contender, has the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree as his main target for the coming season.
Best odds correct as of last night) CAPPA
BLEU Odds: 14/1 with PaddyPower This will be Cappa Bleu's first entry in the Grand National and with mixed form behind him, he may not necessarily be the first choice for many punters.
Bleu, the horse that was backed at fancy prices to win a Cheltenham Gold Cup, is being aimed at the Festival again - in a bid to win the Foxhunter Chase for the second time in three years.
BLEU (Evan Williams) GRAND National fourth Cappa Bleu made a fine return when second in the Graduation Chase at Carlisle.
Bleu, the winner of the "amateur Gold Cup" at the Cheltenham Festival last March, is being aimed towards the Hennessy Gold Cup - and almost certainly a crack at Kauto Star and Denman in the 2010 Gold Cup next March.
BLEU will head for the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow following his comeback win at Haydock last Saturday.
BLEU went some way towards resurrecting a season in danger of passing him by with a second-placed finish over hurdles at Taunton.