I had one of the best days of my training career at Aintree last year with Saint Are winning the Grade 1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle and I am really looking forward to returning to Liverpool with a strong team for this year’s Grand National meeting.
Postmaster (pictured far side, Gareth Ball) is entered in the big race and there looks to be a good chance of him getting in. He is entered up this week and we will look to give him one run before the National.
We have had Aintree in mind for smart novice hurdlers Aland Islands and Ballyrock and I am very excited about the chances of both.
Aland Islands booked his place in the Grade 2 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle when winning impressively at Doncaster earlier this month. The runner-up has since franked the form in no uncertain terms by winning very easily on his next start.
Ballyrock ran Fingal Bay to within a length in the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury and he will bid to follow in the hoofprints of his stablemate Saint Are by giving us a second successive win in the Sefton!
Ashes House (pictured left on the gallops this morning, Kurt Smith)has been very impressive in winning two bumpers this season and I feel he could have a real chance in the bumper, though we could do with plenty of rain for him.
Tartak ran an absolute blinder in the Byrne Group Plate at Cheltenham earlier this month on his first start for us and I’m confident there is more to come from him. He has come out of that race in great shape and will be given an entry in the Topham (which closes tomorrow) and the 3m1f handicap – we’ll make a decision on which one he goes for nearer the time.
Last year’s Grade 1 Champion Novice Hurdle winner Spirit Of Adjisa is in the best form he has been in this season and he will either go to Aintree or return to Punchestown. I will be speaking with his owners this week to decide on a plan for him.