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Wednesday 29th March 2017

Fehily Relishes Blaklion Ride

Noel Fehily is excited by the prospect of riding Blaklion for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies in the Aintree Grand National on 8th April.

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The in-form rider has been confirmed for the ride on 14/1 chance Blaklion by the Naunton handler who is minus the services of sons Willy (injured) and Sam (riding for Paul Nicholls) in the Grand National.

Fehily enjoyed a superb Cheltenham Festival earlier this month when he steered Buveur D'Air to Champion Hurdle glory for Nicky Henderson and Special Tiara to land the Queen Mother Champion Chase for Henry De Bromhead.

Blaklion meanwhile won the RSA Chase last year at the Cheltenham Festival and has this season run with credit without getting his head in front. He warmed up for Aintree when finishing second to the David Pipe-trained Vieux Lion Rouge in the National Trial at Haydock, giving the winner 6lb.

Vieux Lion Rouge is now 10/1 to taste Aintree success and Fehily feels the Haydock performance gives plenty encouragement that that Blaklion will run well on Saturday week.

"It's a great ride to pick up, I watched the race at Haydock - he jumped very neat and he's got a bit of class as well," he told Racing UK. "Hopefully he'll be a good ride."

Twiston-Davies has twice before landed the Aintree spectacular with Earth Summit in 1998 and Bindaree four years later.

Meanwhile, having finished as leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival, Gordon Elliott has 12/1 chance Cause Of Causes set to spearhead his assault on the Grand National as the Co Meath handler seeks a second career success in the world's most iconic steeplechase.

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