Grand National test gets even tougher

4m 4f around Aintree’s Grand National course is a gruelling task on the quickest of ground but with the National course now predominantly soft; the test now seems even more daunting.

Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing Andrew Tulloch had reported 11 millimetres of rain had fallen by mid-afternoon on Monday and even more rain is forecast for the remainder of the week. Tulloch was forced to change the ground description to soft, good-to-soft in places on the National track.

Tulloch said: “I am delighted with the condition of the courses and the going has now eased considerably following the rain we have had.

“There was more rain until 4pm and showers, with some possibly being heavy, are forecast on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

“This means that ground could become softer. We have saved some fresh ground on the inner of both the Chase and Hurdle tracks of the Mildmay Course and will utilise this for Friday and Saturday.”

A total of 40 runners will line up for the National on Saturday where they will compete for a prize of almost £1million to the winner. Gold Cup winner Synchronised will relish the softer conditions and he is the current 7/1 favourite for the race with Boylesports as he attempts to land an historic Gold Cup-Grand National double.


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