The greatest horse race in the world, the John Smith’s Grand National worth £950,000.00, will go off at 4.15 pm this Saturday the 9th of April. There will be a maximum field of 40 runners. Not many will truly stay the 4 miles 4 furlongs but we know last years winner, Don’t Push It, will and he must have a great chance of winning it again. He is one for the short list as is Silver By Nature and Oscar Time. Silver By Nature (pictured) has shown his best form on heavy ground but connections are confident he will act on the good to soft ground at Aintree. He carries 10-12 and could become the first grey to win the great race since Nicholas Silver back in 1961. Oscar Time carries 10-9 and will be ridden by Sam Waley-Cohen for his father Robert Waley-Cohen who owns the horse in partnership with Sir Martin and S. Broughton. Oscar Time is trained in Ireland by Martin Lynch and has been aimed at this race since his fine second under a big weight in the Irish Grand National a year ago. It is possible the Waley-Cohens could complete the Cheltenham Gold Cup/Grand National double.
Earlier in the afternoon Cue Card reappears in the John Smith’s Mersey Novices Hurdle, a race worth £55,000.00 and run over 2 miles 4 furlongs. He disappointed at Cheltenham and ran as though not completely fit.
Binocular missed Cheltenham and he reappears in the John Smith’s Aintree Hurdle worth £160,000.00 and run over 2 miles 4 furlongs. A select field of 8 runners will go to post for this. Peddlers Cross, runner-up in the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle, is likely to make Binocular pull out all the stops. It should be a good warm up for the Grand National.