With the deadline for the 2013 Grand National fast approaching, many are speculating on not only who will be entered but who will ultimately make it to the starting 40 on April 6th.
Before Saturday trainer Venetia Williams had all but confirmed that her charge, Katenko, could be a possible National horse but didn’t rule out the prospect of sending him to the Gold Cup either.
An incredible win in the Murphy Group Chase where he romped home by 12 lengths has now made a firm contender for both, in fact Paddy Power are now offering ante post odds of 25/1 for the National and 33/1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
No doubt we will see his name on the Aintree list of entries on Wednesday, when they are announced, but whether he will ultimately run is another matter entirely.
Speaking to the Racing Post on January 26th about the Gold Cup Williams said “I think the ground is going to be fairly relevant, but we’ve certainly got to consider it now. He doesn’t have to have it deep but you wouldn’t want to consider anything on drying ground.
“He’ll also have entry into the National but we might not have done his chances any good.”
Presumably she’s referring to the fact that with a second place followed by two back-to-back wins the BHA Handicapper may not be very generous and what with him only being seven years old, age and weight could very well go against him.