Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Grand National: Tony McCoy chasing Red Rum feat

Tony McCoy will tomorrow attempt to become the first jockey to win back to back Aintree Grand Nationals for 37 years — since Brian Fletcher triumphed on the great Red Rum in 1973 and ‘74.

The victory of trainer Jonjo O'Neill's Don't Push It provided perennial champion jockey McCoy with his first win in the big race from his 15th attempt.

Ulsterman McCoy said: “He (Don’t Push It) seems in good shape and he ran a nice race in the Pertemps at Cheltenham — his form has been progressing.”

O'Neill issued an upbeat bulletin ahead Don’t Push It’s bid for history.

“He's in great form, he's had a good prep and he's very well in himself,” he said.

There are plenty of punters who think McCoy will follow up and totesport have the Moneyglass rider and Don’t Push It as third-favourites at 12-1.

“The Midnight Club currently heads the National market at the final declaration stage, but there is a real head of steam building behind Don't Push It and the McCoy factor may well ensure he goes off favourite,” explained totesport spokesman George Primarolo.

Silver By Nature, with Ulsterman Peter Buchanan in the saddle, has been talked of as a Grand National horse for a couple of years. His trainer Lucinda Russell is in great form and is relishing running the grey after he booked his ticket with a win at Haydock.

She said: “We made our minds up to come here after Haydock.”

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