28 Feb Captain Redbeard a live Grand National outsider
FIVE years ago Selkirk trainer Stuart Coltherd shocked racing by saddling 100/1 shot Tartan Snow to win the Foxhunters over the Grand National fences.
On April 14 he could trump that achievement if Captain Redbeard runs in the Randox Health Grand National.
The nine-year-old is 58th in the slimmed down list of 90 entries for Aintree so needs 18 above him to come out to get a run in the famous old race.
Captain Redbeard was an unlucky sixth in the Grand Sefton Chase over the big fences in December before winning the Tommy Whittle at Haydock and then finishing second in the Peter Marsh Chase.
He was poised to run at Kelso on Saturday but that meeting has been lost to the weather.
Captain Redbeard is 66/1 for the Grand National and Coltherd said: “Captain Redbeard is in excellent form at home and has come out of his latest race at Haydock in great shape.
“That was a really good performance over the longest trip he’s tried, so we were delighted with that run, particularly off a career-high mark. Everything’s good and his work has been good at home.
“We’ll look to run him somewhere else as I’m keen to get another outing into him before the Randox Health Grand National. There are plenty of options for him and everybody else is in the same boat – you can’t account for the weather, If the worst came to the worst, we could go for a couple of racecourse gallops just to keep him sharp, but we’ll see.”
Captain Redbeard one of seven northern horses in National
Captain Redbeard is one of seven northern-trained horses among the final 90 declarations for the Randox Health Grand National. He is trained alongside 21 stablemates as well as Coltherd’s 1,100 ewes and 70 cattle, and is ridden by Coltherd’s 18-year-old son Sam.
The market is headed by Willie Mullins’ Ladbrokes Trophy hero Total Recall and Becher Chase winner Blaklion.
The other northern-trained horses are Seeyouatmidnight, top weight Definitly Red, who is due to run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Knock House and the Sue Smith trio Delusionofgrandeur, Vintage Clouds and I Just Know. Of these Seeyouatmidnight has attracted support in the Grand National betting market.
Sue Smith won the race with Auroras Encore in 2013 and of her three entries I Just Know has attracted good money and is as low as 33/1 in places.