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SNOW LEOPARDESS: Becher winner moves up to 38th in weights for 2022 Grand National

A general 14-1 shot, Snow Leopardess will feature in the Grand National next month should she be declared by connections



2H9557T Snow Leopardess ridden by Aidan Coleman (right) runs home to win the Unibet Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree Raceource, Liverpool. Picture date: Saturday December 4, 2021.

December’s Becher heroine Snow Leopardess will feature in next month’s Grand National should she be declared after making the cut in the latest acceptance stage on Tuesday afternoon.

Charlie Longsdon’s mare finished sixth in a handicap chase at the Merseyside festival last campaign but has won all three starts this term, including over the National fences three months ago.

And she sauntered to a straightforward success at Exeter when last seen in February, with all eyes on a return to Liverpool in just over two weeks after being confirmed as 38th in the weights – a usual field of 40 expected.


Mighty Thunder, who won the Scottish National last April, and Cloth Cap, the 11-2 favourite for this contest twelve months ago, are others who will feature should connections saddle them at the 48-hour stage.

Cloth Cap ridden by Tom Scudamore clears the last to win The Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury Racecourse.
Cloth Cap disappointed when pulling up in the Grand National last year when being sent off as favourite

Elsewhere, Phoenix Way could bounce back from his Kempton Park fall in National Hunt’s most famous steeplechase for recent Cheltenham Festival winning trainer, Harry Fry.

He could line up at the post on 9th April for owner JP McManus, his handler confirmed.

JP McManus
Minella Times, owned by JP McManus (pictured) won the National a year ago

“Phoenix Way was okay thankfully after his fall at Kempton and has very much been trained for the National”, Fry told the Racing Post. “Mr McManus was talking about this race for him last summer and we’ve been really pleased to get him back on track this season.

“He won well at Ascot on his penultimate start and although the National is a totally different test altogether, it has very much been a long-term idea for Mr McManus and we’ll be trying our best to pull it off.”

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.