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Mount Ida to be aimed at 2022 Grand National
Mount Ida put in a thoroughly impressive performance when triumphing in the Kim Muir Handicap Chase at Cheltenham and while she came very close to being pulled up in the contest, she made up plenty of ground before storming home to victory.
Mount Ida will be aimed towards the 2022 Randox Grand National on 9th April following a winning performance at Clonmel in the T.A. Morris Memorial Irish EBF Mares Chase. The seven-year-old, trained by Gordon Elliott, was without a doubt one of the most noteworthy winners at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival in recent seasons when triumphing in the Kim Muir Challenge Cup. Looking in serious danger of tailing off in the earlier stages of the race and jumping noticeably to the right which cost her ground, jockey Jack Kennedy managed to work his way back into the contest and steer her to victory.
Davy Russell didn’t have to overcome any dramas of his own at Clonmel, being sent off as 6/5 favourite and cruising round to take up the running around half a mile out, his only real moment of concern coming with an awkward jump at the last. She ultimately finished some six-and-a-half lengths clear of runner-up Scarlet And Dove.
Lisa O’Neill, Gordon Elliott’s assistant, said afterwards: “She did it really well and Davy is delighted with her. It is obviously her first appearance this season, but you couldn’t be happier and the main aim is the Grand National.
“She got a bit of a fright in the Kim Muir early on, but showed the talent she had with the way she won so decisively in the end.
“It was a nice performance today and great for the KTDA Syndicate who are fantastic people to have in the yard and have some great ammunition for the winter.”
At the time of writing, Mount Ida is an ante-post best price of 40/1 for Grand National success.