Grand National tips: Rachael Blackmore’s prediction for Minella Indo

Rachael Blackmore won the 2021 Grand National with Minella Times (Picture: Getty)

Rachael Blackmore is confident Minella Indo is well placed to put up a solid showing at this year’s Grand National at Aintree.

The 11-year-old has been an incredible horse for connections in the past, winning the Albert Bartlett and the Gold Cup at Cheltenham in the past.

Blackmore’s ride for the world’s most prestigious steeplechase may not be the force of old, though, and his whole season had been built around the Cross Country at Cheltenham, which was abandoned.

Despite that setback, Blackmore, who became the first female jockey to win the Grand National back in 2021, believes her mount has all the credentials required to go well.

‘I’m delighted to have such a fantastic ride in the Grand National,’ Blackmore told Betfair. ‘It’s such an important, special race. It’s brilliant to be riding in the race.

‌’I think if you are down at the start in the Grand National, you have as good a chance as anyone.

‘But to be down at the start on a former Gold Cup winner will be brilliant.

Rachael Blackmore will ride Minella Indo at the Grand National

Rachael Blackmore will rideMinella Indo at the Grand National (Picture: Getty)



GRAND NATIONAL ODDS

Coach Rambler 6/1
I Am Maximus 7/1
Vanillier 8/1
Meetingofthewaters 8/1
Mr Incredible 12/1
Panda Boy 12/1
Kittys Light 12/1
Limerick Lace 14/1
Mahler Mission 16/1
Delta Work 18/1
Minella Indo 20/1
Noble Yeats 20/1
Nassalam 22/1
Galia Des Liteaux 25/1
Latenightpass 25/1
Coko Beach 25/1
Galvin 33/1
Chemical Energy 33/1
Capodanno 33/1
Stattler 40/1
Adamantly Chosen 40/1
Mac Tottie 50/1

‌’Minella Indo is a very classy horse who I’m hoping will take to Aintree well. It was really disappointing that he didn’t get to run at Cheltenham, when the Cross-Country Chase was abandoned.

‘But he’s in great order and we’re really hoping that he can run a big race. It should be a great race. It always is.’

Blacmore has three other rides on Saturday, including Mahon’s Way, a 33/1 shot in the Novices’ Hurdle.

‘Mahon’s Way will be stepping up into Grade 1 company when he runs in the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree on Saturday,’ Blackmore added.

‘He was disappointing in his two runs after he won his maiden hurdle at Naas in November.

‘They were both at right-handed tracks and, back at Naas the last day, going left-handed again, he seemed to run much better in finishing second to Fun Fun Fun, in front of Mirazur West, who won the Grade 2 novice hurdle at Fairyhouse. He galloped out to the line.

‘We’re hoping that that might be significant, so, back left-handed now again at Aintree, we’re hoping that he can go well again.

‘Obviously this is very competitive, he’s going to have to improve on what he has done so far if he’s going to be involved, but we really think that he is a horse who has a lot of ability and that we just haven’t seen the best of him yet. We’re hoping that he can be competitive.’


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