Bluesea Cracker is the 9 year old trained by James Motherway in Cork, Ireland that is looking very good for the 2011 Grand National. Winner of the 2010 Irish Grand National, Bluesea Cracker could be the one to look out for this year.
During the Irish National she held a prominent position throughout the race, with McNamara hugging the inside rail, saving every yard inthe testing conditions. Jumping three out, Bluesea Cracker – the first mare to win the race since Ebony Jane in 1993 – didn’t look the most likely winner.
As they came up the straight McNamara began to pull away. The comfortable success earned Bluesea Cracker great odds for the 2011 Grand National. For winning trainer James Motherway it was by far the biggest win of his career.
Her form recently hasn’t been great but a fourth place recently gave her the run out she needed to prepare for the National on April 9th. Her weight will be a factor as will the jockey she’s paired with as she has tended to do better with Andrew McNamara on board.
The 2011 Grand National wasn’t as successful as the Connections and indeed the bookies had hoped for. Finishing in 14th place, carrying 10-04 with Andrew McNamara on board he ran a perfect race. There were no mistakes, no near misses, he jumped cleanly and ran well – he simply didn’t have the speed to keep up with the leaders.