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Wayward Prince aiming to rule in Grand National for Hilary Parrott

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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Hilary Parrott is hoping a practice run over Grand National-style fences will help Wayward Prince's chances at Aintree on Saturday.

The Redmarley owner/trainer was pleased with how well with 50-1 chance adapted to his first sight of what he will face at Aintree under jockey Jack Doyle.

“We took him over to Lambourn to school him over the National fences they have built there,” she said.

“Brendan Powell was kind enough to give me a lead horse and Wayward Prince jumped the fences four times, and very well.

“Jack’s a horseman and the National is a horseman’s race.”

Parrott has been aiming Wayward Prince at the Grand National all season and he will her first runner in the race.

The 10-year-old hasn’t been at his best in his recent races – he was a well-beaten seventh at Doncaster last time out – but he has won twice at Aintree.

While he hasn’t won for more than 12 months, Parrott said he seemed on good terms with himself ahead of tomorrow’s tough challenge.

“He goes well fresh, and he’s flying at home,” she said. “The ground should be fine for him; he doesn’t want it heavy, so we’re happy with good to soft.”

Jonjo O’Neill will have two runners from his Gloucestershire base, the well-fancied Burton Port and likely outsider Twirling Magnet.

Andoversford trainer Kim Bailey will run The Rainbow Hunter, who won well last time out, while Alvarado will carry the hopes of Fergal O’Brien’s stable near Northleach.

Jockeys Sam Twiston-Davies and Andrew Tinkler, who live outside Cheltenham, will ride Tidal Bay and Hunt Ball respectively.

Long Run: will carry the colours of the chairman of Cheltenham Racecourse, Robert Waley-Cohen.

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