Cloth Cap the Next Grand National Winner?
Thursday 18th March 2021
Randox Health Grand National

His odds have continued to shorten for the Aintree showpiece, which he appears to have a Golden opportunity, as he is now 14lb well-in for the race, following his stunning recent victory. His trainer Jonjo O’Neill says he will never have a better opportunity to win the race, with the horse so well in, following his stunning victory at Kelso, that has led to the huge hike in the handicap. The horse is fast improving and is now rated 26lb higher than for his success just two runs ago, so it does appear that we could be looking at the next Aintree Grand National winner, considering how well-handicapped he is.

Cloth Cap has all the attributes required of a horse to run well in the race, as he jumps for fun and is fast improving. He also carries the famous colours of owner Trever Hemmings, who has a steep history of success in the race, that also included the win of Many Clouds just a few years ago. The horse will also be running off his old market of 148, as this was given when the National weights were announced. He now is rated 162, which puts him on the verge of Gold Cup class, so it is little surprise that he is now so short for success in the national. He continues to be well supported with punters also using ahead of the event and across other markets.

His trainer has also commented on the horse and said, “This year you'd have to love the enthusiasm he has shown. He jumps, he stays and if he keeps doing that it would be lovely. We've got to get him there first - everything needs to go 100 per cent right before we can start getting excited. He'll never have the same weight again, that is for sure, so this is his opportunity”. This shows the confidence they have in the horse and it is clear that they also believe he has a fantastic chance of winning the race. It will now be fascinating to see how he performs on the day and whether he can be another winner for Trever Hemmings in the race he has long targeted.

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