Locally trained entry confirmed for the Grand National: Milansbar will run with Bryony Frost aboard
He will be ridden by Bryony Frost - who rode him to a most famous victory in the Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick in January.With the announcement this afternoon of the five-day confirmations for Saturday's Randox Health Grand National, it is confirmed that Milansbar - trained by Neil King on the west side of Barbury Castle - will run.
At his last outing, Milansbar ran a splendid race to finish second in the Betfred Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter. A race held between snow showers.
Milansbar had also come second in that race two years ago.He was ridden by Jack Andrews (younger brother of Gina and Bridget Andrews) from the front and was only overtaken by the winner, Regal Flow, at the second last fence.
Last week, when Milansbar's place in the Grand National looked likely, he and Bryony Frost spent a morning with Lambourn's Grand National style jumps. Everyone said he looked really good over them.
There is a maximum field of 40 for the Grand National. At the moment - before any further scratchings - Milansbar is at 38th place of the 63 horses remain on the entry list. Last year Milansbar did not make it into the top forty.
One person who sees Milansbar very regularly is his 80 year-old owner Robert Bothway. He travels from his Norfolk farm to help Neil King keep the gallops up to spec. And he cannot wait for the big race.
In all there will be three female jockeys taking part in this year's Grand National - for the first time in thirty years. Apart from Bryony Frost, Katie Walsh will be riding Baie Des Iles (trained in Ireland by Ross O'Sullivan), and the up and coming Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore will ride Alpha Des Obeaux (trained by Mouse Morris).
In 1988 none of the three female jockeys finished the race. But in 2012 Katie Walsh became the female jockey with the highest placed Grand National finish - she brought Seabass in third.