Jockey Jamie Moore is fresh off the back of his biggest career win to date on board Sire Du Grugy at Cheltenham Festival is hoping that he can add another monumental victory to his tally when he lines up with Mountainous for Saturday's 2014 Crabbies Grand National.
He has partnered him only once in the passed, at Bangor-on-Dee back in November 2013 but has been schooling him at Richard Lee's yard over the last few weeks and is delighted to be given the chance on the the Coral Welsh National winner.
Speaking about his chances trainer Richard Lee said: “We would prefer a drop of rain and there is some forecast but the objective is to run as long as it is just on the soft side of good.
“Obviously we would have liked to keep the partnership going with Paul Moloney, who won the Welsh National on him, but Jamie rides a lot for us, he’s a winner twice over the fences and I think he’s very underrated.”
While Moore's success in the Grand National has been limited, he has enjoyed wins in both the Topham and Sefton Chases saying: “My record in the National isn’t great but he is by some margin the best horse I’ll have ridden in it.
“He’s a good jumper and, though you never know until you try it, he should stay four miles, three furlongs.
“The more rain for him the better.”
And though he may be praying for rain to increase his chances of a more successful outcome on the day, others will be praying for sunshine. Usually the going is Good-Soft in places and that's how it stands on Day one of the festival with showers forecasted but hopefully none of that will detract from the excitement and anticipation of a good outcome for Jamie Moore.
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