Grand National 2020 may be a month away but last weekend there was only one horse on everyone’s mind. That horse was Definitly Red. Trained by Brian Ellison he had a fantastic run at Kelso to get him ready for the big race.
He was entered in two races over the weekend, giving his trainer options should one of the meetings be called off. However, when both went ahead, plans for Doncaster were cancelled and he ran in the first preference at Kelso.
It proved to be the right choice. Definitly Red was fantastic, not putting a foot wrong and came home by a winning margin of 14 lengths. This was no small prize either as it was a listed contest with over £28,000 to the winner.
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The race was also a chance for jockey Danny Cook to reunite with the horse. It has already been confirmed that he will ride Definitly Red in the Grand National, something that has been in place for weeks.
The pair looked on top form with Cook certainly getting this horse into a great rhythm. When that is the case he jumps brilliantly and travels well, two things you need to do at Aintree.
Grand National 2020 Chances
The next month will consist of nothing more than ticking over for Definitly Red. He is following the same path as he did when running in the 2017 Grand National. It was Doncaster where he went on that occasion, winning by the same margin of 14 lengths on his way to Aintree.
However, on that occasion he was pulled up at Aintree after his saddle slipped. No doubt the yard will be hoping for more luck this time around. He was also a strongly fancied runner on that occasion and was sent off at just 10/1 on the day.
This time around he is older, wiser and going to Aintree more than likely for his last chance to win the big one. That doesn’t stop him from being fancied though, and trainer Ellison was very bullish about his chances after the win at Kelso.
He explained the horse has a handicap mark of 156, meaning Tiger Roll needs to give him a stone in weight when they meet. Hopeful that his horse can beat Tiger Roll given the difference in weight, he strongly fancies his horse over anything else in the field.
On the track we have seen all the right things from this horse and off the track both trainer and jockey have been giving us very positive reports.
All eyes are now on keeping him sound and getting to Aintree in one piece. If he’s fit and in form he should have a great chance of winning. The weights look good for him and he ticks a lot of boxes. Like so many other runners, this horse has a serious chance of winning the Aintree showpiece next month. Bookies now have him on odds of around 14/1.