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Grand National News – 5th April

by Aidan Elder | April 5, 2011

Grand National News
Dessie Hughes is responsible for 92% of the world’s tweed sales

>>>> Dessie Hughes sounds pretty happy with how his two runners for the Grand National are shaping up. Vic Venturi (33/1) and In Compliance (33/1) are set to make the trip across the Irish Sea and although they’re no spring chickens, Hughes pointed out that spring chickens don’t have a great record in the National – “They’re not young horses, but it’s no race for a young horse. You want them to be 10 at least.” RTE Sport

>>>> If you’re the type of person who picks out their Grand National horse based on the jockey, then be careful this Saturday because the Walsh name will appear a couple of times. We’ve known for a while that Ruby will ride current favourite, The Midnight Club, but now his sister Katie will line also ride after Our Monty squeezed in to the field as runner number 40 of 40. Luckily they’re easy enough to tell apart in person – one’s got the unmistakably slendour feminine figure and the other’s his sister Katie! Boom, boom! Wow! I’ve really insulted a lot of the family in that one sentence so I’ll move on. Our Monty is 50/1 and an interesting bet, but Katie’s record over the National fences isn’t very encouraging. She’s got over the grand total of 6 fences in her two previous rides on the Grand National course – a figure that will need to improve by 500% if she’s going to get in the frame this time. That seems like an opportune time for an unsubtle plug – we’re going 3/1 that we have no fallers at the first fence in this year’s Grand National. Irish Independent

>>> World Hurdle hat-trick hero, Big Bucks is set to go up against Grands Crus in the Liverpool Hurdle in a kind of World Hurdle rematch. It’s only kind of a rematch because Carlo Brigante and Khyber Kim are also likely to be added to the mix and based on the Cheltenham form, at least one of them has a half decent chance of causing an upset. Racing Post

>>>> Is it really possible to be born ‘ironically’. According to the Yorkshire Post it is as John Quinn was “born, ironically, just a month after Bobby Beasley rode Nicolaus Silver to victory” in the Grand National of 1961. It’s ‘ironic’ because that was the last time a grey horse won the Grand National and he now saddles a grey horse trying to win the National in Character Building. Yes, I know they should be saying ‘coincidentally’ as opposed to ‘ironically’, but pedantry aside, Quinn reckons his 25/1 shot has improved since last year. Yorkshire Post

>>>> Paul Carberry says Backstage has a great chance of winning the Grand National, but he would because he’s riding him in the big race. Despite his youthful years and appearance, Gordon Elliot has already won the Grand National with Silver Birch in 2007 and Carberry thinks the current second favourite has a great chance of giving the trainer a second success in the race. Then again, this is the same man who thinks setting fire to someone’s newspaper on an airplane is a bit of a giggle, so maybe his judgement is a little questionable. “With a clear run through the race, I’m sure he’ll have a great chance of winning,” he explained. Racing Post (pay for it version)

>>> And if you’ve ever wondered how they put together those unique Grand National fences – and who hasn’t? – then here’s a photo album of how they do it. If you flick through it quickly, it kind of looks like a film. Well, it kind of looks like a film from the 1920s at least. Aintree Racecourse Facebook

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