Willie Mullins is the most successful trainer in the history of the race and the Closutton handler saddles Burrows Saint, who was second in last year’s renewal before going on to finish fourth in the world’s greatest steeplechase.
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The field is completed by 2021 Grand National third Any Second Now, and Gordon Elliott pair Coko Beach and Escaria Ten.
Speaking on the latest episode of our From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, Paddy’s resident jockey-turned-pundit Ruby Walsh revealed that Burrows Saint is in good form at home but fancies Any Second Now – trained by his dad, Ted Walsh – to score.
“All four of these are well up in the betting for the Aintree Grand National so it looks like it’s a complete stepping stone for all of them.
“Any Second Now and Burrows Saint are towards to the head of the market and so is last year’s Thyestes winner Coko Beach, who beat Run Wild Fred. You’ve also got Escaria Ten, who was third in last year’s National Hunt Chase behind Galvin so it’s a competitive race.
“Burrows Saint was second in the race last year to Acapella Bourgeois. He was well beaten when getting 6lbs on that occasion, however. He looks to be in good form at home but I wouldn’t be surprised if dad’s horse, Any Second Now, was to beat them all.
“It’s a cracking race.”
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