RULE THE WORLD Should Enjoy The Ground In The Grand National
I have four rides in total over the next two days at Aintree, where yesterday, we saw some excellent racing and some very convincing wins.
In the Novices’ Hurdle at 2.15, I am on PETIT MOUCHOIR, who ran very well at Cheltenham, but the track was a bit tight for him, so I’m hoping he can do better today on more of a galloping track. He’ll have his hood off today and after settling well enough at Cheltenham, he should enjoy the 2 miles today.
We’ll be against LIMINI in this one, and it’ll be interesting to see if she can step up and compete with the geldings. It’s been a great week for the mares, with ANNIE POWER and APPLE’S JADE winning so convincingly yesterday, so let’s see if LIMINI can join them with a win.
I ride ARKWRISHT in the 4.40pm, and I think the recent rain will suit him as well as the distance. He’s been working very well at home and I believe he’s a chaser in the making. The horses who skipped Cheltenham seem to have done well so far, so he could have a strong chance today.
The Melling Chase should be a cracking race and it’s going to be a joy to watch VAUTOUR in this one. In my opinion, he can’t be beaten.
In tomorrow’s Grand National I am on RULE THE WORLD, who has never won over fences. I was second with him in the Irish Grand National over a year ago where he ran great. He should jump around Aintree nicely and it’s the driest ground he’s had all winter, so he should improve for that. He’s got a lovely weight and if things go right he has every chance.
Given the choice, MANY CLOUDS is probably the pick of the horses you’d like to ride in the National. He has the top weight and carries three more pounds than last year, but he’s had ideal preparation and looks like the one to beat, but in the National, anything can happen. I think SILVINIACO CONTI is the classiest horse in the race and if he gets into a good rhythm, he could be a real danger.
I’ll be on IVAN GRONZY in the final race of the meeting, who ran well at Cheltenham in the County Hurdle, where the plan was to go wide round the hill, but the last hurdle was omitted, so Paul Townend had to take him in side, which potentially may have cost him.
Like VAUTOUR, I’m really looking forward to watching DOUVAN tomorrow in the Maghull Novices’ Chase. He’s an unbelievable horse and it will be great to sit back and watch him run.