Local trainer David Pipe’s Grand National entry, Soll, is attracting interest from horse-racing commentators and bookies alike. Assessing Soll’s chances for Saturday’s £1 million showcase race at Aintree, The Guardian’s racing correspondent Chris Cook said, “Soll is a big, powerful sort who has always looked a National type and went well for a long way in 2013 before tiring into a distant seventh place. He joined David Pipe for this season and his first two runs for his new trainer have been career-best efforts at the age of 10, which make him really interesting. Pipe was forced to run the horse twice in February in order to ensure Soll was high enough in the weights for him to make the cut for the National and the trainer would probably prefer to have given him a quieter preparation. Therefore, if the horse has coped with that busy buildup, he seems sure to run well. He will probably be ridden with more restraint than in 2013.”
Current betting places Soll as a 25-1 shot.
Commenting on his website Pipe said, “It’s great that Soll has made the top 40 for the Grand National on Saturday. He’s been around the National fences before and having only joined Pond House this season he has done nothing wrong by winning both starts for the yard. I’m really looking forward to seeing our gentle giant in the big race. He has schooled over the National style fences at home and it’s all systems go for Saturday.”
Soll moved to Pipe’s Pond House yard in 2014 after being placed 7th in the 2013 Grand National whilst with trainer Jo Hughes. He has won both his races this year – at Newbury and Exeter in February. He will be ridden in the Grand national by Tom Scudamore.
David Pipe’s other entries in the National, The Package and Broadway Buffalo, need horses to be withdrawn to join the 40 horses in the starting line-up.
The favourite for the race is Lord Windermere, winner of the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup.