According To Pete, with 33/1 ante-post odds with Paddy Power, has had a trot around Aintree in a bid to get used to the course before the Grand National on April 14th. Trainer Malcolm Jefferson brought his 11-year-old along with stable-mates King Of The Wolds, King Fontaine and Hi George, for a racecourse gallop at the recent Grand National media day.
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According To Pete, had qualified for the National from the day the weights were released and barring any injury is almost certain to make the trip next month. He comes to Aintree in fine form following wins in the Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby in December and the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock.
Jefferson said: “I actually thought about running him in the John Smith’s Grand National last year but didn’t in the end.
“He’s been a grand little horse, he has been all his life and he’s very willing. He was a decent bumper horse and a good little hurdler, he was third at the Cheltenham Festival (in the 2008 Pertemps Final) and then at Aintree the same year in a big handicap hurdle.
“He went on to win his first three novice chases but then got handicapped up there among the better horses and he isn’t very big. In fact the biggest thing about him is his heart.
“You have to be lucky in so many different ways in the Grand National, everything has to go right for you. Whether he stays four and a half miles I don’t know, but it will be nice for Harry (Haines) if he does, he’ll have a nice ride.BET NOW - CLICK HERE