Two runners for Donald on the opening day of Aintree's Grand National meeting. Here is his exclusive verdict on their chances...
"He’s also handicapped much more realistically than he has been for much of his career so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him run very well."
His main aim had been the Fred Winter at Cheltenham but he didn't manage to get in there - that was particularly disappointing as I had thought he was well handicapped in the build up to the meeting. This is obviously a strong race but I think that the track and the ground should be right up his street and he is a horse with plenty of ability. It's asking a lot to think he could win but I am sure he will give a respectable account of himself.
It was really good to see him win like he did at Southwell last time as he hadn't had a particularly pleasant experience over fences on his previous run. He's not had a lot of racing in the last 12 months and comes here a fresh horse. He's also handicapped much more realistically than he has been for much of his career so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him run very well. He's probably better in small fields nowadays but he's on a fair mark, won't mind conditions and this should tell us just where we stand with him.
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