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Paul Nicholls to saddle six in search of more Grand National glory

Mar 31st 2015 at 7:24 AM

Legendary trainer Paul Nicholls will rely on six horses as he looks to land the £1million Grand National at Aintree next month.

The famous handler tasted glory in the race with Neptune Collonges in 2012 and he will send six top class horses to represent his ultra-powerful stable on Merseyside this April.

Paul Nicholls’ six Grand National contenders

ROCKY CREEK

"Rocky Creek is the shortest priced of them and it was a massive run the other day, and he has improved since. He and Unioniste are the two, but you never know in a National, anything is possible. All ours deserve to be there.  We missed Cheltenham with them and set our sights on this. It is what we did with Neptune Collonges."

UNIONISTE

"Unioniste's form looks a whole lot better. He was third to Coneygree the other day and that is good form. We have trained him for this race. I probably shot myself in the foot winning at Sandown as he went up 10lb but he is an improving horse and the trip will suit him as long as there is plenty of cut in the ground.”

MON PARRAIN

“Is a good horse on his day, as he showed again when winning at Cheltenham. We have mixed and matched the headgear with him to good effect, and we will see what we will do with him on that front nearer the time. You won't see too many horses jump better around the Grand National fences than he did when second in the Topham a few years back, and I can see him giving Sean Bowen a good first National ride.”

SAM WINNER

“I have never run a horse in the National straight after the Gold Cup before, but I don't think that will be any problem for him if we did decide to go down that route. I definitely see him as a National horse one day, and the handicapper has given him a mark 3lb lower than his official mark.”

REBEL REBELLION

“Won the Grand Sefton over the Grand National fences last season and has been in good form. Now that he has been placed over 3m he is eligible for the race, but the Topham is also a possibility. We will make a plan nearer the time.”

BENVOLIO

“Obviously ran disappointingly at Haydock but if we can get him back in the same form as when just touched off in the Welsh National then he is clearly capable of running ok. Ideally he would prefer it soft. That Haydock run puzzled me but it is not the first time a horse has run poorly after running well at Chepstow, and Haydock's track is obviously totally different, too. And he was bucking and kicking on the walker on Monday, really full of himself. He won't run before Aintree, but he will also have an entry in the Scottish National, too.”

 

Quotes provided by Racingtips.com. More information and news about the Grand National can be found at http://www.racingtips.com/category/grand-national/

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