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Minella Times leads Henry de Bromhead’s team of entries for 2022 Grand National
Henry de Bromhead’s Minella Times will be bidding for a second successive Grand National victory under Rachael Blackmore, the jockey becoming the first female ever to ride the winner in the world’s most famous steeplechase.
Grand National king Minella Times rose impressively to the challenge in 2021 when relishing the testing obstacles at Aintree and helping to etch Rachael Blackmore’s name into the history books by becoming the first female jockey ever to win the race. He will take another aim at the big prize on Saturday April 9th when he leads a team of four runners for Henry de Bromhead in the big race. The handler celebrated another major victory with Rachael Blackmore in the Cheltenham Gold Cup earlier this month and he believes that the JP McManus chaser is finding his best form at just the right time.
Currently priced at 14/1 for the 2022 Grand National, the nine-year-old was pulled-up at Leopardstown in his last outing in February but De Bromhead remains positive about his chances at Aintree.
The trainer said: “It has been frustrating with Minella Times so far this season. Obviously, he fell in the John Durkan which was disappointing, and he came back a little bit stiff and sore. We then got him right and thought we had him spot on for Leopardstown and again he was a bit disappointing. But we found a little couple of issues and treated him for those, and he seems really good now.
“He worked nicely the other day and Rachael was happy with him so I’m hoping that we’ve got him back on song. He seems in good form, so fingers crossed. We think he loved it last year and we’re very hopeful that Aintree will reignite him again.”