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One of the quirks of the Grand National is that grey horses don’t have a great record in the marathon contest, despite their popularity with racegoers and punters.
Just three greys have scored in 174 runnings of the race, although the first of the exclusive gang, The Lamb, did the business in 1868 before repeating the feat three years later.
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We had to wait 90 years before Nicolaus Silver defied odds of 28/1 to become the second grey to score in the Grand National. There was another lengthy drought for grey horses before the classy Neptune Collonges stayed on to beat Sunnyhillboy in a photo finish in 2012.
Can another glorious grey gallop their way into the group on Saturday? We’ve taken a look at the two greys set to tackle the iconic Grand National fences.
The second of Elliott’s greys in the race, Coko Beach is set to make his third appearance in the UK after running at the Cheltenham Festival in 2019 and 2020. He did finish a long way behind Any Second Now in the Bobbyjo Chase last time out but that came just 13 days after a decent effort in the Grand National Trial at Punchestown. A seven-year-old has not won the Grand National since 1940 so it’s fair to say history is against Coko Beach.
The fancied mare would be a popular winner having returned to racing in November 2019 after giving birth to a foal. The girls don’t have a particularly brilliant record in the Grand National but Snow Leopardess really took to Aintree’s fences when landing the Becher Chase in December. She’s ahead of the handicapper thanks to her Listed success in February – her third win on the spin – and is set to carry just 10st 9lbs.
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