With the Randox Grand National at Aintree just a day or two away local trainer David Pipe’s horse Vieux Lion Rouge is one of the clear favourites.
Writing on his Nicholashaye stable’s website david said, “With Aintree week now upon us I am pleased to report that the stable is in good form heading into the Grand National. Three winners last week took our tally onto 58 for the season while there were other good performances from stable runners not to mention the jockeys.”
He believes Vieux Lion Rouge “ticks a lot of the boxes” ahead of the world’s greatest steeplechase at Aintree on Saturday. The eight-year-old is undefeated in two starts this season, having captured the Becher Chase over the Grand National course in December and the Grand National Trial at Haydock on his most recent start.
Pipe said: “He is in good form. A week is a long time with horses but he is in good form at present and we will try to keep it that way. He had a break after his last race to build him up to next weekend. Jockey Tom Scudamore will be in to school him this week. Hopefully it will be okay and then away we go.”
Vieux Lion Rouge was seventh to Rule The World in the race last year and the trainer added: “He is a boy that has just turned into a man really. For a French horse, he is quite a late maturer. He seems to jump the National fences well. With luck in running he ticks a lot of the boxes and hopefully he will run a big race.”
Pipe has three horses in the race. Vieux Lion Rouge is 10/1 ante-post favourite, Ballynagour is 66/1 and La Vaticane a 100/1 outsider.