Rain eases Aintree ground

Rain overnight has led to a change in the going on Aintree’s Grand National course for the three-day meeting starting on Thursday. A new going report has been issued, saying the ground is now good to soft, and soft in places.

A total of 10mm of rain fell on Monday night into Tuesday morning, which also resulted in the Mildmay and Hurdle courses easing to good to soft.   It was said to be good to soft, soft in places on the National course.

But Aintree officials said they were ‘very happy’ with the course, which could dry out quickly and expected conditions to be good for the big meeting.

Defi Du Seuil (left) in impressive action
Photo John Simpson

One fancied runner has been ruled out of running at Aintree on Thursday. Cheltenham Festival winner Defi Du Seuil will not run after knocking a joint in a routine piece of work at trainer Philip Hobbs’ yard.

The six-year-old winner of the Grade 1 JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham  was widely fancied to gain another prestigious victory in the Devenish Nutrition Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree on Thursday.

His trainer, Philip Hobbs said that despite this Aintree disappointment, he hoped Defi Du Seuil would recover quickly from what he described as ‘ a very minor setback’, and would would  able to run at Fairyhouse over the Easter weekend later this month in the Grade 1 Ryanair Gold Cup.

 

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