Minella Rocco to carry top weight in Grand National

Joann Johnston
April 14, 2018

Earlier this year, Blaklion was second in the Grand National Trial Handicap Chase at Haydock Park and underwent an operation three days later to aid his breathing.

"The 2016 Grand National trial victor promises to relish the heavy ground expected at Aintree". The race is run over 30 fences that are larger and more demanding than conventional steeplechase obstacles.

The ground staff at Aintree will be busy tending to those famous spruce-topped fences and the course is sure to be in pristine condition ahead of the start of the three-day festival.

Frost is no stranger to the National obstacles, having finished fourth in the Foxhunters' a year ago, and she can also draw upon the experience of her father Jimmy, who won the race in 1989 on Little Polveir.

L'Ami Serge's win in the Betway Aintree Hurdle will have given Henderson just as much joy, however, given the names he has been called in the past.

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"Whatever happens, I know I need luck and I will go out there and try to do my best".

Former Grand National winning trainer Jimmy Mangan says that the Willie Mullins trained Total Recall has a great chance of giving the stable a 2nd Grand National success. "It's my first time to Aintree so I'm really looking forward to it", she told Press Association Sport.

Walsh, a dual National victor currently sidelined after aggravating his broken right leg in a fall at Cheltenham, said: 'There is no value in her odds now but she has runs well in a couple of Grand National trials and Katie has plenty of experience around the track.

It continues a brilliant year for O'Connor after victory in the Irish Gold Cup aboard Edwulf before riding the same horse in the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

"Fingers crossed he gets a clear run round and hopefully he'll run a big race".

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