Head handicapper at the BHA, Phil Smith talks to Matt Chapman about the weights he allotted to horses for the 2017 Grand National.
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SKY OF STARS looks to land a hat-trick under a 7lb penalty for the upwardly mobile Olly Murphy. The four-year-old is 2lb well in at these weights, Fergus Gregory's claim cancels out his burden of top weight and he is sure to play a key part. Past C&D scorer Osgood won gamely under conditional Jason Nuttall at Huntingdon last time and is backed to provide a stern challenge to the selection, while Rif Raftou looks to be slowly coming to the boil and is another to consider.
SKY OF STARS is one of a number to make a cracking start for Olly Murphy, landing back-to-back handicaps at around 18f in recent weeks. He can continue the good work under a penalty and land the hat-trick, though Raleagh Mountain, now with Dan Skelton, needs close market attention. Recent Flat winner Hermosa Vaquera can also make the frame.