Court By Surprise may have left it too little too late to make an impression and solidify a spot in the 2014 Crabbies grand National but the nine-year-old did reasonably well at Doncaster which bumped it’s official rating up enough that should he get to run at Aintree this year, he could give a good account of himself.
The problem is that he currently lies in position 77 on the list of entries and that’s following the first scratching stage which saw 15 potential contenders cut from the proceedings.
Historically it’s only those within the initial first 75 spots that have a glimmer of hope when it comes to running in the world’s greatest steeple chase and trainer Emma Lavelle may not have gotten enough runs in to seriously challenge for a place.
For a nine-year-old he hasn’t had the largest number of chases he could possibly have with six of his overall twelve only coming in the last twelve months but he ran in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster a couple of weeks ago and managed to finish in 6th spot but was a long way off the mark and a full 56L behind the winner, Night In Milan.
Night In Milan also received a Grand National entry this year and similar to Court By Surprise, was somewhat languishing towards to the bottom of the list and currently sits in 72nd place, again with little hope of making the cut this year but that didn’t stop his fine performance at Doncaster where he romped home taking the prize of £32,490 for his trouble.
As the second scratching stage has not yet taken place, ante-post odds are still available for both runners both of whom area general 50/1 with Paddy Power Bookmakers.