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Lynch relishing Vic ride

Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch is looking forward to having his first ride in the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, as he will partner Vic Venturi.

Lynch has been snapped up to ride the Dessie Hughes-trained gelding after his other possible conveyance, Notre Pere, was taken out because the ground will not suit.

The jockey said: "Vic Venturi won the Becher Chase so he has a bit of course form and hopefully he'll run well. He was a bit unlucky in the National last year."

He added: "Notre Pere gave me my first spin round the fences in this year's Becher Chase. We had a few problems at Becher's and he did well to finish fifth after the leaders went away. He ran on well.

"I can't wait for Saturday."

Killyglen will be Stuart Crawford's first runner in the National, and the County Antrim trainer is hopeful of a decent display if the ground is good .

"It's all systems go and we're hoping there's not too much rain," he told At The Races.

"We can't control the rain but I'm happy with the way the horse is going. He schooled well last week and did a nice piece of work the other day. Hopefully he can put up a good show."