Grand National: Total Recall Heads Irish Bid For Aintree Stardom
A 40-strong Irish representation for the upcoming Grand National at Aintree Racecourse is set to be headed by none other than the Willie Mullins-trained Total Recall, who has been allotted 11st 1lb.
The 9-year-old Bay Gelding has reigned victorious at the Munster National at Limerick, the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury and a hurdle at Leopardstown since joining Mullins’ accomplished team from the recently-retired Sandra Hughes.
Having already claimed National success with Hedgehunter in 2005, Mullins will certainly be confident this year, with 10 entries at his disposal, and Total Recall as his crowning jewel.
Odds of 16/1 may not initially appear to be spectacular when so many of the 105 entrants are available at 33/1 or higher but Total Recall certainly deserves to be a shorter price. So long as he remains fit and healthy for the remaining 2 months, he will surely continue to shorten down to single figures in time for the meeting. He does look to be a better favourite than Blaklion, who currently heads the market at a general 10/1.
Speaking at the recent weight unveiling ceremony, Patrick Mullins, son of Willie, said: “We are very happy with Total Recall. With over 11st it will be hard, but he has got that kind of an improving profile that makes him very interesting.
“He looks like a fantastic jumper, he handles big handicaps and he should stay.”
Meanwhile, Phil Smith, who will be framing weights for the £1 million Grand National for the final time, threw a parting gift to connections of Scotland’s Seeyouatmidnight, who has been dropped 5lb for spending up to 10 months on the sidelines. Finishing third in the 2016 Scottish National, the 10-year-old Gelding looks to be fully recovered from a ligament injury and trainer Sandy Thomson hopes that an impending wind operation may help him when he makes his long-awaited return to the track next month.
Fellow rival Definitly Red has also been given a 2lb incentive to run, whilst Bristol De Mai, Edwulf and Outlander are 1lb well in.
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