In 2006 trainer Martin Brassil won the Grand National with 11/1 shot Numbersixvalverde so eight years on, could success be beckoning for the second time?
A lot has changed in eight short years including the prize fund which has shot up from £690K in 2006 up to a staggering £1 million in 2014 but his chaser, Double Seven, has been given an entry and all going well will line-up for the Aintree showpiece on April 5th.
Owned by JP McManus and one of 38 entries from Ireland, Double Seven is the 8-year-old chaser who is on a fantastic winning streak racking up five back-to-back wins which has seen his official Rating jump from 111 back in June 2013 up to 146 in October, all of which bodes very well for his making the cut when the weights are announced tomorrow.
In fact, if the BHA Handicapper, Phil Smith, sticks to a relatively tried and tested manner of allocating marks, then Double Seven should get around 10-08 which would be significantly lower than anything he’s run off for years.
Martin Brassil said: “Double Seven has got a rating now that means he will be running in either a Crabbie’s Grand National or an Irish Grand National come the spring.
“It’s an obvious entry to make for a horse rated 146.
“He had a break for about six weeks after Wexford and is back in training now ready for a spring campaign. I think the good ground and fine weather we had over the summer helped him. We also put cheekpieces on and they seem to have also made a difference.
“The Grand National is probably not as much as a jumping test now as it was when Numbersixvalverde won, but Double Seven is a grand jumper.
“He has won over two miles, two-and-a-half miles and three miles, always finishing strongly. He will give himself every chance of staying, but it’s about getting around and keeping out of trouble.”
And if he does keep out of trouble then anybody who backs him at his current ante-post odds of 50/1 will be singing all the way to the bookmakers.
If more convincing is needed then you’ll be pleased to learn that from six starts on Good ground, he’s won five times!