NEWS: Total of 90 contenders go forward for Randox Grand National and Tom Lacey thinks Kimberlite Candy ticks all the right boxes

Published 2021/03/03

A total of 90 horses remain engaged in the Randox Grand National following the first scratchings stage, details of which are revealed today.

The worlds greatest steeplechase takes place over four miles, two furlongs and 74 yards at Aintree on Saturday 10th April.

Kimberlite Candy has twice finished runner-up over the Grand National fences in the Becher Chase (2019 and 2020) and has been allotted 10st 10lb.

The JP McManus-owned nine year old could warm up for Aintree in the Listed Premier Chase at Kelso this Saturday.

Trainer Tom Lacey reported: "Kimberlite Candy seems in really good order and he's entered at Kelso on Saturday in the Premier Chase. Well monitor the ground (before deciding whether to run him). He does have a good record fresh, but you mustn't underestimate the need for match practice, so well take stock and then make a decision in midweek whether to have a prep run or not. A host of recent winners have carried between 10-10 and 11-06, and he's in that range, so statistically hes got a chance. He's the right age and has got proven form around there, so he goes there with a big chance. The Grand National was always the target from the moment he came back in from his summer break. Well be hoping for some April showers, but he'd manage on good to soft. He's a much stronger animal than he was this time last year. I think he's actually the finished article now whereas last year he was still improving he hit the line very hard in the Classic Chase and I feel he's strengthened up even more on the back of another summer. I hope he's got a chance. In the Becher Chase this year he was a bit clumsy over the first, but thereafter his jumping was very accurate.

Trainer Evan Williams has gone close to success in the Randox Grand National before, with Cappa Bleu taking the runner-up spot in 2013 and State Of Play finishing in the first four on three occasions. This year he could be represented by Secret Reprieve (10st 1lb), who was last seen claiming the Welsh National at Chepstow on January 9th.

Williams said: "Secret Reprieve is good, and were happy with everything. I've sort of discussed the National with Mr and Mrs Rucker (owners), and were going to leave him in, but we wouldn't want to fully commit to this race at this stage yet, because obviously the ground and how he is over the coming weeks will be a major factor in whether we decide to have a crack at the race. We'll see how things develop. What we'd like to know is exactly how everything is going to look like come April - we wouldn't like to start being bold because that would be unfair to the horse. His last run was in the Welsh National so we just want to make sure everything is spot on with him as regards to everything really his wellbeing, the ground and everything else. We're taking every week as it comes. He wouldn't be in the race if we didn't hope he would be the type of horse that wouldn't be able to excel around there. With these horses like him, its always best to take every week as it comes but if he could bring his best form to the table then obviously it looks like there'd be plenty of positives. Because he's very inexperienced or young rather than being bold and saying this will suit him and that will suit him, we'd be far happier ticking away and letting him tell us if he's right. We'll talk about Cheltenham after this week, because hes due to do a piece of work in the middle of the week and I imagine come the weekend Mr and Mrs Rucker and myself will have a good chat about Cheltenham around this time next week. So lets deal with the Cheltenham question first and then the Aintree question after.

Williams has another potential starter in Prime Venture (9st 10lb), although the trainer acknowledges that the nine year old is far from certain to make the line-up on April 10th. He continued: He's a horse that I can say that if he got a run in the Grand National we'd be delighted to take our chance, because he's the complete opposite to Secret Reprieve. He's proven in those long distance handicaps and has been placed in a Welsh Grand National and a Midlands Grand National and if he got a run we'd be delighted to have a crack at it. Our first preference with him, because he's got less chance of getting in, would be the Midlands National at Uttoxeter. He's a funny old devil! We've kept him fresh especially (in case he was to sneak into the Grand National) and I can say that Aintree would be right up his agenda. Those fences could spark him right up and he could still be going when other boys have had enough. He would relish the fences. He would be a big price, but I could see that fella relishing the job.

If he gets in, he'll be running in the Grand National.

Betway PR Manager, Chad Yeomans, said:

"The big talking point is that Tiger Roll will not be taking his chance in the Grand National this year, so a new Grand National hero will be crowned. It's been a popular market since the launch of the weights a few weeks ago, with both Cloth Cap and Burrows Saint being supported into 12-1 joint-favourites.

JP McManus looks to have a very strong hand again this year and both Kimberlite Candy, who has been crying out for the Grand National trip, and Any Second Now for trainer Grand National winning trainer Ted Walsh, have both been popular with the Betway punters and have been backed into 14-1 and 16-1 respectively.

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RANDOX GRAND NATIONAL (Grade 3)

Easysland (FR) 7 11 10 Mr John P. McManus D. Cottin

Santini (GB) 9 11 10 Mr & Mrs R. Kelvin-Hughes Nicky Henderson

Bristol de Mai (FR) 10 11 10 Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies

The Storyteller (IRE) 10 11 8 Mrs Pat Sloan Gordon Elliott

Chris's Dream (IRE) 9 11 7 Robcour Henry de Bromhead

Yala Enki (FR) 11 11 3 Hills of Ledbury Ltd Paul Nicholls

Ballyoptic (IRE) 11 11 1 Mills & Mason Partnership Nigel Twiston-Davies

Definitly Red (IRE) 12 11 1 Phil & Julie Martin Brian Ellison

Lake View Lad (IRE) 11 11 0 Mr Trevor Hemmings N. W. Alexander

Burrows Saint (FR) 8 10 13 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins

Ajas (FR) 7 10 13 Mr Ulf Sjoberg D. Cottin

Magic of Light (IRE) 10 10 13 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Mrs J. Harrington

Acapella Bourgeois (FR) 11 10 12 Slaneyville Syndicate W. P. Mullins

Talkischeap (IRE) 9 10 12 Mr Charles Dingwall Alan King

Tout Est Permis (FR) 8 10 12 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade

Anibale Fly (FR) 11 10 12 Mr John P. McManus A. J. Martin

Mister Malarky (GB) 8 10 12 Wendy & Malcolm Hezel Colin Tizzard

Kimberlite Candy (IRE) 9 10 10 Mr John P. McManus Tom Lacey

Beware The Bear (IRE) 11 10 10 Mr G. B. Barlow Nicky Henderson

Pym (IRE) 8 10 10 Mrs Patricia Pugh Nicky Henderson

Bellshill (IRE) 11 10 10 D & D Armstrong Ltd & Mr L Westwood Sandy Thomson

Any Second Now (IRE) 9 10 9 Mr John P. McManus T. M. Walsh

Balko des Flos (FR) 10 10 9 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead

Alpha des Obeaux (FR) 11 10 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott

Brahma Bull (IRE) 10 10 8 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins

Ok Corral (IRE) 11 10 8 Mr John P. McManus Nicky Henderson

Articulum (IRE) 11 10 7 Martin McDonagh/Paul G Murphy/M J Nixon Terence O'Brien

Takingrisks (IRE) 12 10 7 Mr Frank Bird Nicky Richards

Shattered Love (IRE) 10 10 7 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott

Jett (IRE) 10 10 7 Mr Robert Waley-Cohen Mrs J. Harrington

The Jam Man (IRE) 8 10 7 Ronan M. P. McNally Ronan M. P. McNally

Lord du Mesnil (FR) 8 10 6 Mr Paul Porter & Mike & Mandy Smith Richard Hobson

Potters Corner (IRE) 11 10 6 All Stars Sports Racing & J Davies Christian Williams

Class Conti (FR) 9 10 6 Mr Simon Munir/Mr Isaac Souede W. P. Mullins

Milan Native (IRE) 8 10 6 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott

Discorama (FR) 8 10 6 Thomas Friel/Andrew Gemmell Paul Nolan

Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 12 10 5 Prof Caroline Tisdall & Mr John Gent David Pipe

Cloth Cap (IRE) 9 10 5 Mr Trevor Hemmings Jonjo O'Neill

Cabaret Queen (GB) 9 10 5 Syndicates.Racing W. P. Mullins

Minellacelebration (IRE) 11 10 5 Mr Nick Elliott Katy Price

Glen Forsa (IRE) 9 10 4 Mr T. P. Radford Mick Channon

Canelo (IRE) 8 10 4 Mr John P. McManus Alan King

The Long Mile (GB) 7 10 4 Mr John P. McManus J.P.Dempsey

Give Me A Copper (IRE) 11 10 4 Done, Ferguson, Mason, Nicholls & Wood Paul Nicholls

Hogan's Height (IRE) 10 10 3 Foxtrot Racing: Hogan's Height Jamie Snowden

Minella Times (IRE) 8 10 3 Mr John P. McManus Henry de Bromhead

Farclas (FR) 7 10 3 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott

Agusta Gold (IRE) 8 10 3 Dr S.P. Fitzgerald W. P. Mullins

Sub Lieutenant (IRE) 12 10 3 Ms G. Howell Georgie Howell

Double Shuffle (IRE) 11 10 2 Crossed Fingers Partnership Tom George

Blaklion (GB) 12 10 2 Darren & Annaley Yates Dan Skelton

Ami Desbois (FR) 11 10 2 The Reserved Judgment Partnership Graeme McPherson

Gold Present (IRE) 11 10 2 Mr and Mrs J. D. Cotton Nicky Henderson

Keeper Hill (IRE) 10 10 2 McNeill Family Warren Greatrex

Death Duty (IRE) 10 10 1 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott

Secret Reprieve (IRE) 7 10 1 Mr & Mrs William Rucker Evan Williams

Some Neck (FR) 10 10 1 Some Neck Partnership John McConnell

Deise Aba (IRE) 8 9 13 Mr Trevor Hemmings Philip Hobbs

Jerrysback (IRE) 9 9 13 Mr John P. McManus Philip Hobbs

Kauto Riko (FR) 10 9 13 Mr and Mrs J.Dale and Partners Tom Gretton

Saturnas (FR) 10 9 13 Mr Nick Peacock W. P. Mullins

Storm Control (IRE) 8 9 13 Mr Will Roseff Kerry Lee

Fagan (GB) 11 9 13 Mr Ben Brackenbury Alex Hales

Valtor (FR) 12 9 13 Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson

Golan Fortune (IRE) 9 9 13 P Middleton, M Lowther Phil Middleton

Captain Drake (IRE) 8 9 11 Gary Stevens and Brian and Sandy Lambert Harry Fry

Run Wild Fred (IRE) 7 9 11 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott

The Hollow Ginge (IRE) 8 9 11 The Ginge Army Nigel Twiston-Davies

Crievehill (IRE) 9 9 11 Highclere T'Bred Racing- Crievehill Nigel Twiston-Davies

Another Venture (IRE) 10 9 11 Racing For Maggie's Partnership Kim Bailey

Flying Angel (IRE) 10 9 10 Mr R. J. Rexton Nigel Twiston-Davies

Fitzhenry (IRE) 9 9 10 Mr John P. McManus Paul Nolan

Prime Venture (IRE) 10 9 10 Mrs Janet Davies Evan Williams

Le Breuil (FR) 9 9 10 Mrs Emma Palmer Ben Pauling

Achille (FR) 11 9 9 Mrs Vida Bingham Venetia Williams

Plan of Attack (IRE) 8 9 9 Mr A. Halsall Henry de Bromhead

Roaring Bull (IRE) 8 9 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott

Hold The Note (IRE) 7 9 9 Mr T. P. Radford Mick Channon

Dounikos (FR) 10 9 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott

Treacysenniscorthy (IRE) 9 9 8 Paula Widger Robert Widger

Soupy Soups (IRE) 10 9 8 Equi ex Incertis Partners Neil Mulholland

Musical Slave (IRE) 8 9 8 Mr John P. McManus Philip Hobbs

Shantou Flyer (IRE) 11 9 7 David Maxwell Racing Limited Paul Nicholls

Hear No Evil (IRE) 9 9 7 Mr Patrick Joseph McCartan Noel C. Kelly

Beau Bay (FR) 10 9 7 Mr Peter Green & Dr RDP Newland Dr Richard Newland

Monbeg Notorious (IRE) 10 9 6 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott

Aforementioned (FR) 8 9 5 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott

Fingerontheswitch (IRE) 11 9 3 Cahill, Atwell & Crofts Neil Mulholland

One Style (FR) 11 9 3 The Four Bosses Venetia Williams

Bellow Mome (FR) 10 9 2 Mrs Audrey Turley W. P. Mullins