Grand National News
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Is Welsh National winner Iwilldoit in with a chance of winning the Aintree Grand National?
It’s fair to say that this is the age of the horse, not the jockey. Indeed all-but-one of the last twenty winners of the Aintree Grand National have been between the ages of 8 and 11 and as such, there is a very high chance that the winner of the 2022 renewal will be within this age group. Welsh National victor Iwilldoit will be turning nine years old in March and as such also falls into this category, however trainer Sam Thomas maintains that there is only a small chance he will line up at Aintree on April 9th.
Check out the weight
The big favourites for the 2022 Grand National will be given a handicap to even out the playing field. The weights for this year’s renewal will be announced at a special ceremony on 15th February, therefore it won’t have any effect on this handicap if the horse performs well in the weeks leading up to the big race on 9th April. Generally it isn’t advised to bet on runners carrying a big weight, especially over jumps although Iwilldoit hasn’t competed in many races and had been given minimum weight of 10lbs when triumphing at Chepstow in the Welsh National. Due to this, and his relative inexperience, the likelihood is that Iwilldoit will be given another low weight on February 15th and this certainly goes in his favour.
Iwilldoit impressed when winning the Welsh Grand National a few weeks ago but the Aintree Grand National fences are a completely different challenge to those of Chepstow. The obstacles are far higher and more testing while the jumping ability of Iwilldoit is very much an uncertain factor. Indeed this horse has yet to face obstacles in the category of the Grand National fences and trainer Sam Thomas remains unconvinced that the runner is ready for the challenge. Given that Iwilldoit has just four steeplechase contests to its name, some more experience wouldn’t go amiss and this would help him to come back stronger in 2023.
Iwilldoit has enjoyed some good form of late with wins in each of his last two outings and all-but-one of his four steeplechase appearances ending in success. Nevertheless his career has been relatively short and as such it’s not easy to make any predictions here, therefore the best approach is to keep an eye on his performances throughout 2022 and with many races yet to come in the next twelve months, it will be interesting to see how the Welsh Grand National winner develops.