Various Crabbie’s Grand National contenders will attempt to enhance their prospects for the big race in April with a warm up in Saturday’s William Hill Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster.
The entries for the race were released on Monday morning and it was Triolo D’Alene who immediately jumped off the page after his win in the Hennessy Gold Cup earlier in the season, together with the fact that he is one of the favourites for the Aintree showpiece and is taking in this race en-route as opposed to the Gold Cup at Cheltenham on March 15.
Another National contender will face him in the shape of the 2012 Coral Welsh National hero Monbeg Dude, a horse who has been receiving some schooling sessions from Zara Tindall, wife of part-owner Mike Tindall before and after his last success which came at Cheltenham in December, where he beat Hennessy third, Theatre Guide, when staying on powerfully late in the day. Top Irish jockey Paul Carberry looks set to jet in to take the mount.
Godsmejudge is another big contender, a horse who has had a relatively light season after winning the 2013 Scottish Grand National at Ayr and finishing second in a Classic Chase at Warwick and third before that in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
This season, Godsmejudge ran really well into a close fifth behind Alvarado and Monbeg Dude trying to give weight away at Cheltenham in November before he pulled up in the London National at Sandown, but it is best to completely forget that run as Alan King’s horses were in a bad way at the time and the stable was shut down not too long afterwards.
Tuthec is going for a five-timer in the race for Nicky Richards, together with a whole host of other good horses such as Mon Parrain and Night In Milan, who would both have chances on a going day.
The annual William Hill-sponsored Cheltenham Preview Evening takes place after racing, where we have a great panel chaired by ATR’s Simon Mapletoft.
The star line-up also includes trainer Sean Quinn and jockey Brian Hughes, and there are some great prizes to be won on the evening such as free bets, raceday hospitality and a stay in the nearby Crown Hotel in Bawtry.
There is no extra charge for the evening’s entertainment, so please stay behind after racing if you can to take advantage of the advice on offer for the big race week in March.
For raceday tickets or more information, visit www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk.