The Christian Williams-trained 11-year-old won the 2019 Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter, landed the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow later that year and also grabbed ‘victory’ in last year’s Virtual Grand National’, which was run in place of the real thing in aid of NHS charities.
Trainer Williams – who will be saddling his first runner in the Aintree marathon having been runner-up on Royal Auclair when he was a jockey in 2005 – confirmed his stable star will have some practice before heading to Aintree.
The Welsh handler said: “He’s in good form and did a lovely piece of work last week, so we’re very excited. His season has been geared towards the Grand National, so fingers crossed.
“It was all about the Welsh National for the whole of last season and it’s very much Aintree all of this season, and schooling him over a (Grand National style) fence is the last thing.
“With that type of horse he’s so laid back that it’ll probably do him good to go on a lorry and have a day out. We did it before the Welsh National and went to Henrietta Knight’s two days before, so we know it doesn’t inconvenience him.”
Williams was speaking at Haydock Park on Saturday after Five Star Getaway’s impressive five-and-a-half-length victory in the Betway Challenger Middle Distance Chase Series Final Handicap Chase.
The stable have now had two Saturday winners in a row following Kitty’s Light’s success at Kelso the previous week. And Williams is hoping for a big treble with Potters Corner.
He said: “It’s great – we try and get those Saturday winners. Kitty’s Light won a nice race at Kelso last week and is favourite for the bet365 Gold Cup now at Sandown. Three Saturdays in a row would be great, so roll on Potters Corner next week!”