Grand National Runners & Riders
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Mount Ida a possibility for the 2022 Grand National
The odds on Mount Ida in the Paddy Power Mares’ Chase at Cheltenham were slashed from 10/1 to a general 6/1 on account of the runner digging deep to win the John & Chich Fowler Memorial EBF Mares Chase. Handler Gordon Elliott admitted that he would be hard pushed to resist a crack at the 2022 Randox Grand National on 9th April.
The winner was as high as 999/1 in-running when landing the Kim Muir last season, however this recent win was arguably Mount Ida’s most impressive yet. She gave 3lb to Elimay who had a rating of 155 and who was touched off by Colreevy in the Mares’ Chase, while she was also up against a Champion Chase winner in the form of Put The Kettle On.
The Cheltenham Festival winner has completely gone off the boil recently and she was struggling when Mount Ida went into the lead following the second-last. The 9/4 victor found plenty when under pressure with Davy Russell putting in his usual tenacious ride to score by a half length.
With regard to a possible Grand National appearance, handler Elliott said: “I’ve been thinking about the Grand National for her, but you’d have to look at the Mares’ Chase for her after that now.
“She’s a great mare and I’m delighted for the boys [owners Dave Page and Dave Rabson of KTDA Racing] as it’s the first day they’ve been back racing to see a winner. They are big supporters of Irish racing and of the yard, and they’re going to be a force in the future.”
He added: “She has just kept progressing. I suppose Cheltenham is the first time she really showed it to us last year, she was brilliant in Clonmel the last day and very good again today so she’s getting better all the time.
“After Cheltenham she was very sore in her back and we got her looked after. She seems to be a different mare since.”