It's almost unbelievable to think that with the weather we've experienced over the last couple of months in the UK and Ireland that the good folks at Aintree have seen fit to actual water the course.
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In an effort to ensure that the going is not as quick as previous years so as to slow the speed down and reduce potential falls and injuries, the selective watering policy continues.
The going on the Grand National course will be mainly good to soft after another predominantly dry day on Merseyside and clerk of the course Andrew Tulloch left the ground unchanged as good, good to soft in places on the Midmay and hurdles tracks, and good to soft, good in places on the National course.
Speaking to the Racing Post Tulloch said: “Nothing has really changed since yesterday and we have just been doing the final bits of watering on the National, Mildmay and hurdles courses.
“It has been a breezy day, with not a lot of sun, and the forecast for the next three days is very similar. There is a chance of a shower on Saturday, but otherwise we seem unlikely to get any other rain.”
Williams also trained State of Play for the same owners and finished in the money three consecutive years with Cappa picking up the reins last year. If he can do it again it will mean FIVE back-to-back years in the money for Williams so hopes for decent ground are high!