Aintree set to turn on taps…
With a dry week following another it looks like Aintree will turn on the taps ahead of the Crabbies Grand National this Saturday.
Racing gets underway there tomorrow at the Liverpool track and after a tremendous few days of racing at the Easter Festival at Fairyhouse the baton is passed to Aintree to deliver another three days of top class National Hunt Racing. It will of course be the last outing at the meeting for AP McCoy who is enjoying his long goodbye from the sport and was mobbed at Fairyhouse over the weekend during his last rides in his home country.
Andrew Tulloch is the clerk of the course at the track and explained that they are in good shape ahead of their biggest weekend of the year and would like to ideally keep the ground on the easy side of good.
“On the Mildmay course it’s good to soft, good in places on the chase course and the National course is good to soft, soft in places. Basically we are looking at some dry days. It’s got a terrific covering of grass and I’m pleased where we are. We may end up having to put a bit of water on before Thursday to maintain what we’ve got – the easy side of good.”
The Grand National will have everyone gripped on Saturday and that man McCoy is aboard the favourite and last years Irish Grand National winner Shutthefrontdoor whilst Nina Carberry is booked for a ride in the race aboard First Lieutenant in a bid to be the first lady jockey to land the showpiece.
Shutthefrontdoor (15/2), Rocky Creek (10), Balthazar King (11), The Druids Nephew(14), Alvarado (20), Cause Of Causes (20), Soll (20), Godsmejudge (22), Spring Heeled(22), Pineau De Re (25), Al Co (33), First Lieutenant (33), Night In Milan (33), Royale Knight (33), Saint Are (33)in, Unioniste (33) 40/1 Bar
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