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Grand National News – 29th March

by Aidan Elder | March 29, 2011

Grand National News
Robert Thornton doesn’t feature in this news round-up, but we’d just like to congratulate Choc on landing winner number 1,000 yesterday

>>> Highlighting just how seriously you should take this daily news-round, after last week reporting that Gold Cup flash in the pan, Imperial Commander wouldn’t be going to Aintree, it now looks that he could after a surprisingly rapid recovery from the burst blood vessel he sustained in the defence of his Gold Cup. Nigel Twiston-Davies still thinks the totesport bowl is a possibility where he’d be up against Long Run and Denman – amongst others. “It’s only a possibility at this stage, but it is a possibility,” he said about the possibility. Racing Post (buy it edition)

>>> Sparky May had the best seat in the house to watch Quevega claim her third Mares’ Hurdle at the Festival, but even the sound trouncing she got on the day suggests she’s a classy horse in her own right. She’s going to take one of the blissfully Quevega-free hurdle races at the Grand National Festival, but we’re not entirely sure which one. “Quevega might have even won the Champion Hurdle if she’d ran in that, so there was no disgrace in finishing second to her,” explained trainer Pat Rodford. Sky Sports

>>> Henrietta Knight says Calgary Bay is going to take his chance in the Grand National, but she sounds less than certain he’ll get the trip. The National would see him tackle a distance over a mile longer than he’s attempted before and Knight has issued the type of mixed messages that would make you steer clear. “He’s a clever jumper and good with his feet. The better the ground, the better he will like it, but the big question is whether or not he will stay four and a half miles,” she said. “He’s a big, strong horse, but sensible,” she added, making him sound like a better option to do an evening’s babysitting rather than win the Aintree showpiece. Setanta

>>> Hadden Frost will be attempting to steer the suspect stamina of Calgary Bay home in the Grand National and the young jockey will be case study in Freudian psychoanalysis as he attempts to emulate the achievement of his father. His dad Jimmy, won the 1989 version of the race on Little Polvier and Frost junior is ignoring all the aforementioned stamina doubts in the hope his mount will do the business. “He’s a good jumper and should be a great spin,” he said in sheer youthful optimism. Daily Telegraph

>>> David Pipe will have a few going in the Grand National, but he took the rather unconventional step of bigging up the little considered Or Noir De Somoza. A French import, Pipe reckons he’s “one of the classiest horses in the race.” “He has got some very good French form and has always been decent over there,” said Pipe with a fairly underwhelming sales-pitch. The horse is currently rated a 33/1 shot to win the Grand National and although there is a proven record of French horses doing well in the UK, we would also remind you about the career of Vanessa Paradis by way of warning that it doesn’t happen all the time. Racing Post (cough up the dough edition)

>>> Surface To Air is a 50/1 shot to win the Grand National, but if you’re the kind of person who takes encouragement from unremarkable reports about preparation, then you’ll be happy to hear that his trainer, Chris Bealby has issued an unremarkable report about his preparation. “He’s enjoyed the sunshine and he’ll do another bit of work on Wednesday. Everything’s going as it should, touch wood,” he said, throwing in a last line poem to keep us on our toes. Belfast Telegraph

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