With six horses still left in with a chance of starting the 2012 Grand National, trainer Willie Mullins will have his work cut ut for him getting them all race ready and Apt Approach is just one that is i with a real chance of causing an upset on the day.
The nine year old is owned by the Greenstar Syndicate and is definitely a starter, if he gets the go ahead, as he has been allocated 11-01 by the BHA Handicapper and currently lies in 15th position on the 2012 Grand National entries list.
His recent form is excellent having notched up three back-to-back wins between November 2011 and January 2012. Those wins came from the Glen Chase in Thurles, Tramore on January 1st and again in Thurles on January 19th.
His most recent race resulted in a third place at Gowran Racecourse, in the Red Mills Chase, where he carried 11-08 but ultimately finished 22L behind winner Rubi Light. And although 11-01 isn’t the best weight for the Grand National, it’s certainly one that Apt Approach is more than capable of carrying, in fact, from all 16 of his life time starts, he has only carried less than that once, in May 2011.
The only issue with Apt Approach is that he has never even started a race more than 3 miles and although he has won at that distance, could the Grand National be a mile too far for him??