British trainer Nicky Henderson believes Caribean Boy has a great chance of landing the spoils in this weekend’s Randox Health Grand National at Aintree (Caribean Boy 50/1 to win – outright).
Henderson’s last decent return in the race came in 2007 when Liberthine finished fifth. His Aintree curse must surely lift sooner rather than later and the six-time champion trainer is confident he has a chance this time around.
The Lambourne handler has never won the race despite enjoying an incredible career, but he believes his grey can spring a surprise.
Caribean Boy will be partnered by jockey Nico de Boinville, and Henderson thinks the eight-year-old has all the makings of a national runner.
He told the Racing Post: “He schooled over the National fences in Upper Lambourn last week, and it went very well – he was really good. He’s always struck us as the right horse for this – he’s a big, strapping, long-striding bold jumper who does stay.
“He doesn’t want extremes of ground, and it was horrible when he was pulled up at Ascot last time. He doesn’t like that but is in really good order.”
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Last year’s winning trainer, Henry de Bromhead, will also now have only two runners in the race after Court Maid was ruled out at the eleventh hour, meaning Sean Curran’s Domaine De L’Isle is now set to make the cut for the race.
Minella Times (14/1 to win – outright) will bid to emulate Tiger Roll and record back-to-back victories in this year’s race, while Poker Party (50/1 – outright) completes De Bromhead’s team.
The going on the Grand National course was eased to good to soft on Wednesday after the course was watered overnight.
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