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    Aintree Grand National 2013

    On his wown coming back for another go ...

    With Ruby stood down following an earlier fall, Paul Townend took the ride on On His Own. He jumped very deliberately early on which meant that he was in mid-division and consequently met with a lot of trouble. He was lucky not to be brought down on the first circuit and had to jump fallen jockeys on a couple of occasions. He appeared to be getting into a nice jumping rhythm and was in third place when he came down at Bechers. It was a very encouraging run and we will have to prepare him for this race again next year.

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    Shakalakaboomboom ran OK and just didnt get the last 2f home. Only 8 so might have chance next year if they campaign him for it. Jumped like a proper national horse.

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    Having broken his duck in the Grand National last season with Neptune Collonges Nicholls wants an encore – and he has the ideal candidate in Harry The Viking, owned by a partnership involving Sir Alex Ferguson and musician Ronnie Wood.

    The seven-year-old son of Sir Harry Lewis revels in marathon distances – witness his close second to Teaforthree in Cheltenham's four-mile National Hunt Chase last March.

    "Harry The Viking was a little unlucky coming into the home straight at Cheltenham but he is a great stayer and jumper who was over the top when pulled up in the Scottish Grand National.

    "He will have an entry for the Badger Ales at Wincanton in November and possibly the Hennessy and will definitely be entered for the Aintree Grand National."

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    Ted Walsh is in no rush to commit to future plans for his John Smith's Grand National third Seabass.

    The nine-year-old was sent off joint-favourite for the world's most famous steeplechase in April, having arrived at Aintree on the back of six wins under Rules.

    He ran a superb race to pick up minor honours behind Neptune Collonges and Sunnyhillboy, with the trainer's daughter and leading amateur Katie Walsh achieving the highest placing of any female rider in the history of the race.

    Seabass is as short as 16-1 favourite with bet365 for next year's National, but given the fact he has run just 15 times under Rules due to various leg problems, his trainer is not looking too far ahead.

    "He's back in work but there are no plans at this stage. I don't think you'll see him on the track until maybe mid-December," said Walsh.

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    Cappa Bleu

    Evan Williams is keen to give Cappa Bleu another try at the John Smith's Grand National after the gelding finished fourth in this year's renewal.

    The Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on November 3 is one of the races the Llancarfan trainer might consider for the 10-year-old ahead of the Aintree spectacular in April, although he has not ruled out running him over hurdles as well.

    "It will be difficult with him because he ran such a good race in the Grand National last year," Williams told At The Races.

    "Talking to Mr and Mrs Rucker (owners) we are pretty keen to get there again. With State Of Play I used to go straight there. With Cappa Bleu it will take three or four runs to get him going so he's going to have to go to a few other places.

    "We will definitely look at novice hurdle routes, but if we had the rain I'd look at the Charlie Hall because he wouldn't get his penalty there and it might be a race he could go well in.

    "The Welsh National would also come on the agenda because he ran a good race to come third in that last year.

    "It might be novice hurdles or a couple of those other races before the Grand National in the spring.

    "I'd very much like to have another go at the National with him."

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    Henderson adds Roberts holdback to his national team. Burton port likely to go that way too.

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    The current King George favourite, Long Run, the only horse in the last four seasons to have temporarily taken Kauto Star's title, will run in the Grand National next year, provided he has not been able to compete in the Gold Cup, it was announced by his owner on Wednesday. And Timeform is adamant that any more radical changes to the Aintree marathon should be ruled out by racing's rulers.

    "It would be easy to make further cosmetic changes to the Grand National, such as cutting the field size and even reducing the extreme distance of the race, but more changes should not, in all conscience, be made without good reason and then only after mature reflection.

    "After all, where is the evidence that tweaking the fences in recent years has made the race that much safer? The times have tended to get faster in the National as the course has been remodelled, something which, in itself, has the potential to increase the danger," argues Timeform, which concludes: "Frankly, if there was a simple solution to making the Grand National acceptable to its critics without changing its character, it would have been found by now."

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    ROBERT WALEY-COHEN, chairman of Cheltenham racecourse, could have his colours carried by Long Run in this season’s Grand National.

    Speaking yesterday at the unveiling of plans for the new season at Cheltenham, which kicks off tomorrow week, Waley-Cohen said: “The National is an option. The plan at the moment is to run at Haydock in the Betfair Chase at
    the end of November followed by the King George and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

    “The Grand National is an option if he does not make the Gold Cup. He definitely will not be running in both races. I believe that horses should not run again if they have run in the Gold Cup. Regardless where you finish they have a very hard race.”

    Waley-Cohen came so close to making it a memorable year following Long Run’s victory in the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup in the hands of his son, Sam, when Oscar Time just failed to land the Grand National won by Ballabriggs.

    Oscar Time was ruled out of last season’s National owing to a leg injury but is now back in work.

    “He schooled this morning,” added Waley-Cohen. “Martin Lynch, his trainer, rode him and was very pleased. He will be aimed at the National again and all seems to be going well.

    “I also have another National prospect in Frisco Depot. He was a decent novice with Dessie Hughes over in Ireland. He’s now in training with Charlie Longsdon.”

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    The John Smith's Grand National is the long-term aim for Martin Keighley's Any Currency after his win at Wincanton on Sunday.

    The nine-year-old missed the cut by one in April and the Gloucestershire handler is keen to make sure the same thing does not happen again.

    A crack at Sandown's London National or the Becher Chase at Aintree, where he would gain valuable experience over the National fences, is next on the cards. Both races are on December 8.

    "We're delighted with his win and have Sandown's London National or Aintree's Becher Chase in early December as our next target," said Keighley.

    "He has a big staying chase in him and the John Smith's Grand National is very much part of our campaign having been first reserve this year."

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    Grand National target for Pady

    By Pat Keane, Thurles

    Friday, November 30, 2012

    Forpadydeplasterer enjoyed his first success since landing the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham in 2009 when cruising to victory in the Glen Chase at Thurles yesterday.

    "It’s a great relief to get his head in front," said trainer Tom Cooper, after he had just watched his son, Bryan, do the driving.

    The winner coasted through the contest and it really was always a matter of whether his stamina would finally ebb away at a trip over which he had never won.

    But he came there cantering between thee final two fences and only had to be pushed out to beat Snooze by five and a half lengths.

    Cooper senior added: "Things didn’t work out for him in the Paddy Power (Cheltenham), after he made mistakes over the first few fences.

    "Three miles on heavy ground was a worry. I am now going to train him for the Grand National (Aintree) and he is likely to have two more races before that."

    Stan James introduced Forpadydeplasterer into their National betting at 50-1.

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