Liam Cusack

Based in Co. Laois, Ireland, trainer Liam Cusack gets to field his first Grand National runner when Last Time D’Albain takes to the Aintree fences on Saturday, April 5th 2014.

No stranger to the Grand National, Liam Cusack used to be a jockey himself and before turning his hand to training actually finished fourth on Ebony Jane in 1994, behind the winner Miinnehoma for trainer Martin Pipe.

He was third in the 2013 Topham Chase so connections are optimistic about Last Time D’Albain’s chances this year with Cusack saying: “We’ll take our chance in the National.

“I just feel that the way he jumped around there last year, his overall profile and that he is in with a nice weight, it is worth a shot.

“There is a lot of money on offer and, while we are going into the unknown a bit, if he reproduces his Paddy Power Chase run from last year, when he stayed on to be third over three miles, he deserves to take his place.”

“He really took to Liverpool last year and if he gets into a nice rhythm, hunts away for the first circuit and then starts creeping into it, you never know. Robbie Colgan schooled him over Aintree-style fences on the Curragh last week, and he came alive, so I was encouraged by that.”