Big Fella ‘Better Than Ever’

Big Fella Thanks is a name that will be familiar with many of the punters looking for a bet in the Grand National 2011. The ten-year-old has run in the four-and-a-half mile marathon event for the past two seasons and has acquitted himself with great credit both times to finish sixth in 2009 and a game fourth last year.

For each of those Grand National starts Big Fella Thanks was trained by the Champion Paul Nicholls however, after a change of ownership the gelding has switched to the care of Ferdy Murphy and he seems to have thrived for the move.

At Newbury on his most recent start he ran a cracker, when he was noted as finishing full of running in a valuable two-and-half mile handicap chase. The power and verve he travelled with that day will be a big asset at Liverpool and his experience of the big day will be a valuable asset and anyone looking at the Grand National odds should remember this.

His current trainer believes his charge is better equipped for a Grand National challenge this season than ever before. Murphy thinks that Big Fella Thanks is a looks stronger physically this season and is also more grown-up and amenable as a result. With that in mind Murphy believes his jockey will be able to switch the horse off in the early stages of the race and allow him to bring the gelding with a late run.

If his new trainer is correct and Big Fella Thanks is a better horse this season he will surely go very well at Aintree and he is definitely worth a place on your shortlist.