Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Mangan chasing double delight

Jimmy Mangan hopes to be double-handed as he chases a second success in the John Smith's Grand National on Saturday week.

The Co Cork handler has already tasted Aintree glory, having saddled Monty's Pass to success in 2003, and is this year set to be represented by Conna Castle and Whinstone Boy, providing the latter makes the cut.

“At the moment, both horses will be going over for the National, although it’s going to be tight if Whinstone Boy gets into the race,” said Mangan. “I’ll probably give him an entry in a handicap hurdle at Aintree on the Friday as well, so he could take his chance in that if he misses the cut.

“He is loving all of this rain at the moment and the key to him is cut in the ground; the softer the better. He would have a perfect racing weight if he got in and hopefully Sean Flanagan will be on board him again.

“Three of the owners were involved with Monty's Pass, so they have tasted the big glory before; although the prize money has gone up a bit since then.

“Conna Castle was a bit unlucky last time out and he would have been a good second to Let Yourself Go, which is going for the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse over the weekend.”