Foxrock Aintree bid undecided

17 February 2017 06:23:24 GMTPlus11

Connections of the Ted Walsh-trained Foxrock will wait before deciding on whether to send their charge to Aintree for the Grand National in April.

The nine-year-old has been in fine form this season in the Hunter Chase sphere, winning his last three starts in Ireland.

He isn't eligible to run in the Foxhunters at next month's Cheltenham Festival, and so a bid for the English or Irish Grand National seems most likely to come up in the spring.

Easter is a bit later this year so it would depend on what the ground is like.

Barry Connell

Foxrock was allotted 10st 12lb in the Liverpool spectacular when the weights were announced on Tuesday evening by BHA Handicapper Phil Smith.

He tends to require some ease in the ground and so, while his weight for the Grand National is by no means prohibitive, owner Barry Connell says they will wait and see how the ground shapes up before deciding whether or not to run 999/1 chance Foxrock at Aintree on 8th April.

"He has an entry in the English National and the Irish National and we'll just keep our options open," said Connell.

"The handicapper has given him, I think, 4lb more than he has here (in Ireland). It's really just an entry we've made at this stage.

"We're just keeping an open mind on that. He could run in Aintree. Easter is a bit later this year so it would depend on what the ground is like. He's better with a cut in the ground and we'll see."

Connell has also stated that Foxrock will not be heading to Cheltenham next month to run in the Cross Country Chase, which had been mooted as a possibility.

Following the announcement of the weights for Aintree, The Last Samurai can be backed at 14/1 for Grand National glory while One For Arthur is a 14/1 chance.

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