Nicky Richards reports that Takingrisks is in great shape ahead of the Randox Grand National in Aintree on Saturday.
Takingrisks, who wants to become the first 12-year-old to win the world’s biggest steeplechase since Amberleigh House in 2004, clinched the Scottish National in 2019 and threw a 40-1 surprise in the Sky Bet Handicap Chase in Doncaster in January .
The coach’s father, the late Gordon Richards, won the Grand National twice with Lucius in 1978 and Hallo Dandy in 1984. Richards took a leaf from his book Building National Style Fences to give Takingrisks an example of what to expect on the big day.
“He did everything we wanted the old man to do. He’s ready and we all can’t wait to do it,” Greystoke manager said.
“We built three fences. He took a look the other morning and gave them a good try. We did what my dad used to do.”
Richards has confirmed that Takingrisks regular partner Sean Quinlan will be in the saddle this weekend.
“Sean is getting on well with him and having a good season,” he added.
“We have a good horse in perfect condition and a confident jockey riding him. He knows the old man, so let’s see how we do.”
The ground of all three courses at Aintree was described as good to soft, good in places on Tuesday afternoon, with additional watering expected.
Course Director Sulekha Varma said: “We went from good to slack, good in some places on all three courses and we are watering again today. The Mildmay and Hurdle courses will receive between three and five millimeters of irrigation. , while we will put six more millimeters on the course of the Grand National.
“At the end of the day we’ll come to a decision on what we’re going to do tomorrow. I’m sure we’ll be watering again tomorrow as we aim to start the Randox Grand National Festival with soft ground on Thursday.
“I’m very happy with Aintree’s appearance. There is a fantastic grass cover and walking the Grand National course today is like perfect ground.
“There are a few areas where a little more watering is needed to make it good to soft and then we’ll all be ready.”