Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

John backs Kelso horse for Grand National charity bet

John backs Kelso horse for Grand National charity bet

Tony Martin's Anibale Fly completes a treble of Irish raiders in the top four of the betting with Blaklion, fourth for twice National victor Nigel Twiston-Davies past year, the leading home challenger.

Gordon Elliott will aim to cap an unbelievable season with Tiger Roll, Ucello Conti and the 13-year-old Bless The Wings.

Everybody involved then tunes into the big race, cheers on their horse, and the victor mops up the prize pot.

While Cause of Causes went on to finish second behind One For Arthur in the Grand National previous year after winning at Cheltenham.

It will be Blackmore's first visit to Aintree and one she can not wait to experience after getting the call to ride Alpha Des Obeaux for leading owners Gigginstown House Stud and National-winning trainer Mouse Morris.

Tony Martin's Anibale Fly stayed on to take third in the Gold Cup and although stamina shouldn't be a problem in the National he appeared to have a hard race at Cheltenham.

The nine-year-old was just six lengths down in sixth place when falling at the third last in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Mullins' team also includes Pleasant Company who was going menacingly well when all but coming to a standstill with a mistake at Valentine's Brook on the second circuit in 2017.

Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek commented: "Jockey Katie Walsh has been championing Baie Des Iles chances for the National and punters are buying into the hype around the horse trained by her husband".

Captain Redbeard, based with Stuart Coltherd also in the Borders is also due to race alongside Seeyouatmidnight to try to make it back to back wins for Scottish horses at the Grand National.

"He is enjoying a deserved retirement now after a brilliant career".

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