Grand National 2017 Fact Files
The Young Master
The Young Master, trained by Neil Mulholland near Bath in Somerset, has the Randox Health Grand National on his agenda.
]The eight-year-old battled his way to a short-head victory in the last big race of the 2015/16 season, the G3 Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown Park on April 23. He had run very well at the Cheltenham Festival, taking third in the G3 Ultima Handicap Chase, the previous month. Both times leading amateur rider Sam Waley-Cohen, who has an excellent record over the Grand National fences, was on board.
So far this season, The Young Master has made one appearance, falling two from home when well behind in the Betfred Becher Chase at Aintree on December 3.
Robert Waley-Cohen, of part owners The Old Masters and Sam's father, said: "The Young Master will definitely get an entry in the Randox Health Grand National.
"He runs on Saturday in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham and then, all being well, will head to Haydock Park on February 18 for the Betfred Grand National Trial before going on to Aintree. I don't think we will be going to The Festival at Cheltenham with him this year.
"The horse is in good order at the moment his trainer tells me. I didn't know quite what to make of his run in the Becher Chase - he jumped the fences fine but got very tired.
"To be fair, he had missed his intended prep run at Wincanton because the ground was too quick and that meant he was having his first run since winning at Sandown in April. I think he needed the race."