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Grand National Ante-Post: Santini heads for Gold Cup

33-1 Grand National shot Santini aims to land National Hunt’s blue-ribbon race this Friday

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Santini and Jeremiah McGrath pulls away from the last flight before going on to win The ballymore Classic Novices' Hurdle Race run during Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Last season’s runner-up Santini heads for another crack at the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday afternoon.

Nicky Henderson’s charge is a general 33-1 shot for the Grand National at Aintree next month.

He is without victory this season in three runs but will be hoping for a change of fortune under Aidan Coleman at Prestbury Park.

SANTINI SUFFERED DEFEAT AT AINTREE EARLIER THIS CAMPAIGN BUT WON A GRADE 1 HURDLE AT THE COURSE THREE YEARS AGO [CREDIT: RACING TV]

The son of Milan had an outing in Merseyside earlier this season, when behind Lake View Lad in the Many Clouds Chase.

Nicky Henderson reading a racecard at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Nicky Henderson is yet to win the Grand National as a trainer

Defeated a neck by two-time champion Al Boum Photo twelve months ago, a repeat of that victory will likely see his value shorten noticeably ahead of a possible crack at the National.

Jonjo O’Neill’s Cloth Cap remains the 6-1 favourite for April’s feature race after his wins at Newbury and Kelso this season, respectively.

Cloth Cap ridden by Tom Scudamore clears the last to win The Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury Racecourse.
Cloth Cap continues to head the market after an easy success in Scotland last time out

Despite his glorious win at the Cheltenham Festival earlier this week, two-time winner Tiger Roll will not bid to defend his crown in Liverpool, connections have confirmed.

The Grand National Festival takes place between 8-10th April and will be hosted behind-closed-doors.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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