Gordon Elliott has three confirmed runners in Saturday's Grand National, plus a possible fourth as he also saddles the first reserve, and here the Betfair Ambassador talks exclusively about all his Aintree chances...
"Trained all season with this race in mind there is no question over his stamina or jumping and I think with a bit of luck on our side he will run a big race for Daryl Jacob."
- Gordon Elliott on Ucello Conti
Aintree 15.40 - Rightdownthemiddle
Rightdownthemiddle contests the Betway Handicap Chase, he ran a blinder in the Grade A Leopardstown Handicap Chase back in January beaten less than four lengths in a thrilling finish behind winner and stable mate A Toi Phil, who of course went on to win the Grade 2 Webster Cup last month giving the form a nice boost.
He didn't fare as well on his latest outing at Naas over 3m but he's an honest horse who jumps well and he will enjoy today's conditions. Jack Kennedy is in the saddle.
Cause Of Causes
We have four representatives in this year's Grand National; Cause Of Causes returned triumphantly from Cheltenham after another Festival win, and he finished eighth in the 2015 running of the National after a great round of jumping.
He's a real yard favourite and is very laid back so a big day like he'll face on Saturday will be like water off a duck's back for him. He jumps for fun, loves a trip and goes here with a really nice chance on ground he will enjoy. Jamie Codd in the saddle gives another boost to his chances, the pair get on like a house on fire!
Roi Des Francs
Roi Des Francs, the youngest of our four runners, has been in fantastic form at home, his last outing was a winning one at Down Royal in the Daily Mirror Chase which was a great confidence booster for him.
He's a careful jumper but unlike our other three this will be his debut over National fences. He retains the blinkers after his win and if he handles the trip and gets a good spin around he's in with a chance despite having a fair bit of weight. Jack Kennedy is in the saddle in what will be his first ride in the race.
Ucello Conti finished sixth in last year's National and went on to run a blinder in the Becher Chase back in December finishing fourth, beaten less than three lengths behind Vieux Lion Rouge, Highland Lodge and The Last Samuri, all of whom he faces again on Saturday.
He's since gone on to finish second in the Thyestes and fourth in the Leinster National and is in the form of his life at home. Trained all season with this race in mind there is no question over his stamina or jumping and I think with a bit of luck on our side he will run a big race for Daryl Jacob.
Bless The Wings
The old reliable Bless The Wings is first reserve, he finished a gallant second to Cause Of Causes in the Glenfarclas at the Cheltenham Festival and has a string of impressive runs in big handicaps under his belt.
Second in last year's Irish National beaten a short head by Rogue Angel he's a tough and genuine individual who will gallop all day and jumps like a stag. He's well in at the weights and has taken a spin over National fences when ninth in the Topham back in 2015 - if he gets in he has a credible chance under Denis O'Regan.