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Don't be cross but apparently he's fancied
Apologies in advance. I know that the racing world is full of tips and the last thing that anybody wants is another one from me.
Nothing is more likely to make people fall out so I rarely pass tips on - and anyone who has turned to this page looking for a winner has clearly not been paying attention for the past couple of years.
It is just that this morning two different people, hundreds of miles apart yet each more than likely to know exactly what they are talking about, both tipped me the same horse for the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock on Saturday.
And neither is at all involved with the horse so they cannot be accused of talking up their own chances.
Richard Lee has ante-post favourite Le Beau Bai in Saturday's race yet he volunteered the information that one particular rival will be very hard to beat.
The same rival that Lucinda Russell, who's won the race the last two years, gave as an instant response when asked for a selection anywhere in the country for our 'celebrity tipster' feature.
Giles Cross was the horse - no surprise to see his odds cut into as short as 5-1 on Friday so you'll not get rich if you fancy him too (he was actually tipped by Paul Kealy in our pages the other day too - don't suppose the trainers just read that and took his word as gospeldo you?).
His trainer Victor Dartnall was suitably hopeful in a brief chat during a hectic morning hour and a half.
Saving Newbury's lost Saturday card was great for racing but not so great if you were tryingto preview Saturday's three TV meetings.
Final declared cards do not come through until 10.30am/10.45am but the opener on the salvaged Newbury programme - after which time most trainers would have rather more important things to dothan answer our calls - was just 12.10pm.
But at least there was something to go at.
With all due respect to Lingfield, Musselburgh and Wolverhampton who've kept the show going on the last two Saturdays, Ascot, Haydock and Wincanton offer a rather more alluring day's sport.