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Grand National News – 4th April

by Aidan Elder | April 4, 2011

Grand National News
“Eh Tony … do I’ve a bit of hay stuck in my teeth?”

>>>> Right before we launch in to the mildly informative news round-up, we’re contractually obliged to point out that as of this morning at 8am, we’ve gone Non Runner, Money Back on this year’s Grand National. I’ve always thought that the best way of punctuating that would be Non Runner? Money Back because that’s what it is. You can get your wildly speculative bets on for the National now and if your horse doesn’t run, you’ll get your money back and we’ll have to cancel our ‘free drink ahoy’ work night out. boo! : ( Paddy Power

>>>> Tony McCoy has shown the ferocious appetite that has made him Champion Jockey a truckload of times and also a prime candidate for obesity when he eventually retires from the saddle. Although he was delighted to have won the National last year, he wants to do it again. “Just because I’ve won the Grand National, am I happy to go out there and hope someone else wins it? No, I’m not,” he said before getting to the useful information by telling us he reckons Don’t Push It has what it takes to record back to back wins at Aintree. Racing Post

>>>> We’d imagine Character Building is how a lot of women would describe working in the Sky Sports offices, but it’s also the name of Nina Carberry’s ride in the Grand National as she bids to defy the statistics by winning the race. She’s partnered him to a creditable seventh in last year’s renewal and she thinks the bonding will stand them in good stead for this year. “I rode him last year when I didn’t really know him, but at least I know him a bit better this year and I’ve ridden him once since so I’m looking forward to the ride now.” Sky Sports

>>> After much hmmming and hawwwing, it’s been confirmed that Long Run won’t make it to Aintree. The Gold Cup winner is resting up until the new season. That news may or may not have influenced Tom George’s decision to send Nacarat to the totesport Bowl. “It’s obviously to our advantage that Long Run won’t be there,” said the trainer before curtailing his delight to add “but more important is the ground.” Racing Post Racing Post (cough up the money edition)

>>>> AAAAHHHH! Everything we thought we knew about the world has been turned upside down with the news that Choc Thornton has trimmed the wonderful blonde locks. It’s like Pat Sharp all over again. Aside from destroying one of our go-to gags on the blog, Choc’s been telling everyone about his rides for this week. He’s pretty happy with most of them, but arguably the one to look out for is Montbazon in the Aintree Bumper who was only between a length by Cheltenham Bumper winner, Cheltenian at Kempton in February. Racing Post (cough up the money edition)

>>>> The Grand National is the main course on Saturday, but it looks like we’ll have a tasty appetiser in the Aintree Hurdle. After coming down from his medicinal high, Binocular is set to go to post and he’s likely to face Peddlers Cross. Racing Post

>>> And in our obligatory, but infrequent ‘not about racing Grand National story’ Liverpool retailers have got a major shot in the accounting arm with a £1.5 million increase in sales. They’re putting it down to the city preparing for the Grand National Festival, but could equally be down to Alex Curran spending an afternoon shopping. Liverpool Daily Post

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