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Grand National News – 25th March

by Aidan Elder | March 25, 2011

Grand National News
Bluesea Cracker overcame a crap name to win the 2010 Irish Grand National


Our daily dose of scrambling around for some news about the Grand National:

Bluesea Cracker is said to be whistling, smiling, saying hi to people and generally being in good form ahead of her tilt at the Grand National. With some withdrawals, the winner of last year’s Irish Grand National has now made the cut for the race and trainer, Andrew Motherway has said something mildly encouraging about his mare – “We were delighted to see she’s now number 38 on the list and everything has gone fine with her.”

Meanwhile, stolen from the same article, it’s reported that spell-check nuisance, My Way De Solzen is on course for the Hunters’ Chase at the Grand National Festival whilst Gold Cup flash in the pan, Imperial Commander has been ruled out of a trip to Merseyside. Racing Post (you have to cough up the moolah edition)

– Daily Star columnist and occasional jumps jockey, Davy Russell has suffered an injury that will rule him out of action for two weeks. He’s got a hairline fracture of his left wrist and requires a fortnight of rest and – as every man knows – excessive whingeing about it, man-flu style. The silver lining to this story is two-fold however. Firstly, there’s a lovely picture of him on the front page of the Racing Post today and he should be back in time for his ride on Becauseicouldntsee in the Grand National. Racing Post

– It’s full steam ahead in Grands Crus’ bid to get beaten by Big Bucks again. Announcing plans for the leading lights of Pond House, David Pipe says his World Hurdle runner-up is being aimed at Aintree. “He seems to have come out of his Cheltenham race well,” he said as if words were costing him money. Also likely to join Grands Crus at the Grand National meeting are Pertemps Hurdle winner, Buena Vista and Great Endeavour, who recorded a fantastic moral victory at the Festival when falling two out in the Stewart Family Handicap. Wales Online

– Ruby Walsh has given current Grand National favourite, The Midnight Club a workout at Willie Mullins’ yard. He’s still not nailing his silks to the mast as regards what he’ll ride on the day, but Willie Mullins is understandably keen on the idea. “I don’t know if Ruby rides at Aintree, but I’d be hoping he does and would want to.” Daily Star

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