Winning a Grand National title is no mean feat, just ask the countless trainers and jockeys who’ve tried and failed over the years so to look for a win in both the Scottish National and the Aintree Grand National may seem rather optimistic but that’s exactly the plan for connections of Godsmejudge.
Having landed the Scottish National in 2013, there’s no doubting this horses ability to get around tricky courses and to stay the distance which is why he’s so appealing for punters who are willing to take an early chance on him for the Aintree Grand National.
With pace and relative ease, he won at Ayr and this bodes well for the task ahead of him should trainer, Alan King, keep him in contention for the 2014 Crabbies Grand National, for which he is guaranteed a spot having been handed 10-11 by the BHA Handicapper, Phil Smith, last week.
He’s had two runs this season, the first at Cheltenham where he finished in 5th position but failed to sparkle at his next trip to Sandown and was eventually pulled up by jockey Robert Thornton.
That can, in part, be explained by the fact that Alan King had to close his yard down due to a virus but thankfully the yard is back up and running and connections are looking forward to the rest of what will hopefully be a very successful season.
He should have had a trip to Ascot a couple of days ago but the weather made the going very, very heavy which played a part in his withdrawal leaving Teaforthree to once again lay even more claim to the 2014 Grand National as he finished in second place behind the winner, Restless Harry.
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