Razldazl Raidio is one run away from defending his Grand National title though the event is proving far from the ‘gimme’ anticipated by many punters when the event got underway.

Ricky Holloway’s black used all his experience to overcome an early bump and reel in young pretender Parkers Dynamite and get up by half a length in 29.63 (N), some way off his personal best of 29.12 – recorded twice last September. Raidio’s kennelmates Barricane Jack battled for the third qualifying place with the former edging it.

Barry O’Sullivan’s The Alickadoo  took the second semi in 29.77, with Young Columbus three lengths back in second, and Wallis’ second runner Swift Dartmoor also making the decider.

Central Park’s Kieran Lifeley said: “The first semi final could have been the final. Razldazl Raidio was given a bump at the bend and had Parkers Dynamite and go on Taylor challenge him near the line he held on (29.63). Now its got to be between Razldazl Raidio or Parker’s Dynamite to win the final. The second semi went to Alickadoo leading all the way and was the clear winner.”
“There were two impressive winners on the supporting card in Hit The Roaduk and Serenity Spice. Both definitely ones to follow closely.”

Draw for final

T1 Young Columbus
T2 Barricane Jack
T3 Parker’s Dynamite
T4 Swift Dartmoor
T5 Razldazl Raidio
T6 Alickadoo