Andrew McNamara doesn’t have much time to celebrate his win yesterday on Bluesea Cracker in the Irish Grand National, as he now has to look forward to trying win a huge big race double on Ballyholland in the English version at Aintree, the Grand National 2010.
Ballyholland is trained by Colin McBratney in Northern Ireland and the Co. Down trainer reported that his charge is in good order:
“He’s in great form. I just hope the weather is going to dry out a bit this week. I think we’re supposed to have a better forecast and I’d like to have nice ground for him,” said McBratney.
Also now heading to Aintree is Flintoff from the 2009 Grand National winning stable of Venetia Williams. Originally planned to run in the Irish Grand National, once it became clear he was guaranteed a place at Aintree he was withdrawn at Fairyhouse and has been re-routed to the Grand National.
Andrew Tinkler is due to take the ride for owners Paul Beck and cricketing legend Freddie Flintoff.
Top weight will now defintely be Madison Du Berlais as David Pipe’s yard have confirmed today that last year’s Aintree Totesport Bowl winner will be confirmed for the Grand National 2010 and will be ridden by Tom Scudamore. Pipe’s assistant Chester Barnes also confirmed Danny Cook will be on Pablo Du Charmil and Johnny Farrelly will be aboard Piraya. However, there was no news regarding Timmy Murphy’s choice of ride as Barnes revealed that the 2008 Grand National winning rider has still not decided on either his winning mount that day, Comply Or Die or up and coming stable star, The Package. Graham Lee will ride whichever horse Murphy discards.