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Tikkanbar Goes To Aintree And Scottish Grand National Plans

Friday 13th April 2018
Neil Mulholland


The weather has been against the majority of our horses for some time now, but we are keeping our fingers crossed for a dry spell and a strong end to the campaign.

There are plenty of big races still to come which is exciting and we have a host of runners ready to run as soon as they get their preferred conditions.

Thankfully, we have still been picking up some good results with Dandolo Du Gite an excellent winner of the bumper at Fontwell last Friday. He’s a horse we think highly of and the plan is to go novice hurdling over the summer on better ground.

Plenty of ours will be on the go through the warmer months and hopefully he will be a lovely addition to the team.

Duke Of Kilcorral continued a fine run of form to finish 2nd in the novice hurdle on the same card, and we are hoping he will get his head in front soon.

We were back in the winners’ enclosure on Saturday with Seven Clans claiming his second success inside a week at Wolverhampton on the flat. To come out and win quickly is always an impressive achievement so we were delighted with the performance.

Goodgirlteresa impressed at Ludlow in the mares’ handicap hurdle on Monday to finish 3rd and we hope she will be winning soon. They didn’t go quick enough for Molly Carew in the same race, but we will school her over fences now with the aim of going novice chasing next month.

All eyes this weekend will fall on the Grand National and it is of course slightly disappointing we don’t have a runner this year.

The Young Master failed to make the cut and instead will go to the Scottish Grand National, along with Doing Fine, provided the ground is decent.

We are lucky enough to have a runner on National day with Tikkanbar taking his chance in the 3m handicap hurdle. It looks a competitive race as you would expect, but our lad has had an excellent season and missing Cheltenham was the right decision.

Looking further ahead to Sunday, we have a potentially busy day with a number of horses declared to run.

Moving In Style impressed last time when winning at Taunton and although this is likely to be a tougher ask, we are hopeful of strong performance in the 3m1f handicap hurdle.

We run two in the bumper, with Irish Odyssey looking to follow up a taking win on debut last time out. He’s a big horse who we believe has plenty of potential so hopefully he can carry the penalty, and Nico De Boinville will ride.

We also run Lordofthenight in the same contest and it will be a fact-finding mission with him on his first start.

Lastly, Solomn Grundy goes to Ffos Las for the 3m handicap hurdle and with the ground likely to suit, we are hopeful of picking up a little bit of prize money.

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