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Sandy Thompson aiming for third-time lucky with Hill Sixteen
Trainer Sandy Thompson is set to fly the flag for the Scottish Borders when Hill Sixteen takes his place in the 2023 Randox Grand National.
The Scottish Borders has a very rich horse racing heritage and 10-year-old Hill Sixteen will be Sandy Thompson’s third contender in the Grand National as he makes it into the 40-strong field off a 10st 2lb weight.
Thompson’s first ever runner in the famous steeplechase was Seeyouatmidnight who was sent off at 11/1 in 2018, ultimately finishing 11th behind Tiger Roll. His second entry was Dingo Dollar who unfortunately unseated Ryan Mania at the second Canal Turn in 2022.
Hill Sixteen will now bid to give the trainer his first victory in the Aintree marathon, the runner being beaten by a nose against Snow Leopardess in the 2021 Becher Chase and finishing seventh in the 2022 renewal of this dress rehearsal.
Thompson said: “We’re really looking forward to it and it has been such a funny spring we really could get a soft-ground National.
“We’ve seen in the Becher over the past two years it has got to be soft for him to stand a chance. We saw last year that on good ground the top-rated horses have a much better chance, but when it turns soft, they have a big weight to lump round.”
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