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    2020 Grand National

    O'Leary in U turn



    Elliott said: "It is great to see him back, doing a bit of work again. He has had a nice couple of months of summer holidays.

    "He went back to (O'Leary's) Gigginstown (House Stud) obviously. He was probably out there and had about 10 to 12 weeks out on grass. He hasn't had a saddle on him since Aintree and the National, but he has done a few parades and had a few good days out, which is great.

    "I have seen him a couple of times during the summer at Gigginstown and he was good and strong, and I have seen him when he was here for a while before he went off to do his flat work and he looked good.

    "He will probably do three or four weeks of flat work before he comes back to us in the main yard here."

    Having won both the Boyne Hurdle and the Cross Country race at the Cheltenham Festival last season, Elliott is targeting the same races again.

    "Obviously he won't be that busy this year. We are going to have to mind him now and pick and choose where we go," said Elliott.

    "He will probably have one run over hurdles, maybe something like the Boyne Hurdle (Navan, February) again. He will go back to Cheltenham (March) for the Cross Country race and then we'll go for the Randox Health Grand National.

    "Keith (Donoghue) will ride him in Cheltenham in the Cross Country race and the Boyne Hurdle and then Davy Russell will ride him in the National."

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    I think the ‘capper will be under huge pressure to use his discretion when allocating weights for the race, imagine the uproar if he’s forced to give upwards of a stone to them all and O’Learly pulls the horse.
    No doubt O’Learly would use that as marketing/publicity but the racing world would be deprived of seeing history and one of its’ biggest heroes of the modern era...

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    What odds is the Cross Country / Grand National double
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevloaf View Post
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    12/1 with Sky

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    Horror price.

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    Not sure if it's been mentioned elsewhere, but Skybet are NRNB for the GN.

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