Eventmasters horse racing hospitality ambassador AP McCoy has vowed to quit the saddle with immediate effect should he win Saturday’s Crabbies Grand National at Aintree. Guests enjoying the superb Grand National hospitality packages will be hoping he can get the job done.
It will be McCoy’s final ride in the world’s most famous steeplechase and the champion jockey will be hoping for a fairy tale ending to his illustrious career. McCoy partners 7/1 favourite Shutthefrontdoor for legendary owner JP McManus, who has admitted that the horse “laid out for the race all year.” Shutthefrontdoor was victorious in the Irish Grand National last season, but has only mad one appearance this term when scoring an easy win at Carlisle.
David Pipe who tasted Grand National success in 2008 with Comply or Die will be represented by Soll in this year’s renewal, after the ten-year-old crept in at the bottom of the weights on 10st 2lb. Soll only joined Pipe’s yard this season but has won both of his starts and already has valuable experience of the famous Grand National fences.
Trainer Neil Mulholland is confident that Cheltenham Festival winner The Druids Nephew can land a big festival double when he lines up in Saturday’s Grand National. The eight-year-old won the Grade 3 Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase at Cheltenham and is a 14/1 chance for Aintree’s biggest race. Mulholland, who trains the son of King’s Theatre for The Stonehenge Druids, added: “I made no secret that he was in the best shape I had ever had him going into Cheltenham and I believe he’s the same now.”
Dry conditions over the weekend meant that the going on the Grand National course was changed to good to soft all over, and while the chase and hurdles tracks are set to be watered, the ground used in the world’s most famous race will not be watered before Saturday.