Racing News, 3 April 2015

Latest Grand National News, Including Ride for Nina Carberry and Heartbreak for Jamie Moore

The Grand National is just days away and we take a look at the latest racing news, focussing on the big one from Aintree on the 11th April.

Nina Carberry to Ride First Lieutenant in Grand National

Nina Carberry, whose best porevious finish in the Grand National was seventh in 2010 on Character Building, will ride First Lieutenant after Bryan Cooper was suspended. The wonderfully named Mouse Morris who trains First Lieutenant confirmed the news and said the 33/1 shot has “as good a chance as any”.

In other National news, Robbie McNamara looks set to replace Davy Russell on Lord Windermere, the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, whilst the horse may also wear blinkers in the race. 25/1 shot Goonyella and Gallant Oscar, also priced at 25/1, will miss the Irish National on Monday as they hope to line up in the big one.

Jamie Moore Breaks leg and Will Miss Grand National

Jamie Moore has broken his leg and will miss the Grand National. He was involved in a fall at Towcester on Wednesday and said “I’m not in any pain, just gutted to miss Aintree, that hurts,”

Moore is the sixth top jockey to be ruled out of the race on the 11th April after joining Davy Russell, Barry Geraghty, Mark Walsh and Jason Maguire on the injured list, whilst Bryan Cooper is suspended.

The jockey’s father, trainer Gary said He’s broken his leg and I’m not sure how it happened. It was just one of those crazy things and I feel so sorry for him.” Moore junior was set to ride the 33/1 shot Al Co, winner of last year’s Scottish National and it remains to be seen who will not take the reigns.

McCoy to Ride Cantlow in Irish National

AP McCoy will ride the 10-year-old Cantlow at Fairyhouse in Monday’s Irish Grand National, his last ever. Andrew McNamara rode the warrior to eighth in last year’s renewal and McCoy will know he has an outside chance should luck go his way. McCoy won the Irish National back in 2007 on Butler’s Cabin and whilst romantics are dreaming of McCoy winning at Aintree on the 11th, surely he couldn’t finish his career with double National success…could he?

Lewis Ferguson Rides On

Lewis Ferguson, who gets the RBO award for Fall of Century (see below) has said he won’t be put off from riding despite his spectacular tumble at Wincanton earlier in the week. The 18-year-old amateur rider said “I’m fine, I feel no worse than I usually do so I’m all right,” If racing doesn’t work out for the Scot we think he’s definitely got a career in stunts ahead of him!