31st March, 2012 - Posted by Elliot Slater - Comments Off
Postmaster, a horse that has run no less than 56 times on the Flat at distances between seven furlongs and two miles, looks set to sneak in at the bottom of the list for the forthcoming John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree and try his luck over the 30 fences and four-and-a-half-miles of ‘the world’s greatest steeplechase’, writes Elliot Slater.
Trained in Wales by Tim Vaughan, the 10-year-old has also had plenty of experience over fences, winning five of his 24 starts over the larger obstacles to add to three victories over hurdles and two on the level, so will certainly not be lacking in racecourse savvy on what will be his 98th career start in total.
This won’t be a first attempt over the Aintree fences either for the gelded son of Dansili, but connections and punters who bet on racing will certainly be hoping that he gets at least a little further than his only other attempt at jumping the awesome spruce obstacles when he tackled last year’s John Smith’s Topham Trophy, in which he got no further than the first fence where he was in mid-division when he fell when partnered by Richard Killoran.
The pair will be reunited at Aintree next week, and after finding his form in no uncertain fashion in his last two starts when landing a Bangor handicap chase in August then returning to the fray at Ludlow recently to comfortably account for the opposition in a two-and-a-half-mile hunter chase, Vaughan and his team are quietly optimistic that Postmaster will give a good account of himself and give punters who bet on horse racing ante-post odds of up to 150/1, a run for their money.
Even though there have been a number of scratching from the current 59 entries, Vaughan suggested that it is unlikely that his Our Island (125/1), placed number 54 in the list, will get a run and make the final 40 starters.