The Druids Nephew Betting
The Druids Nephew will aim to bounce back from a late fall in last year's Grand National and Neil Mulholland's star warmed up for the 2016 Grand National, which is run on April 9, with a fine second place finish in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster last time out.
- 5th Mar 2016 - Doncaster - Grimthorpe Chase - 3m 2f - 2nd
- 11th Dec 2015 - Cheltenham - Ryman Stationery Handicap Chase - 3m 2f - 6th
- 31st Oct 2015 - Haydock Park - West Yorkshire Hurdle - 3m - 6th
The Druids Nephew travelled with aplomb in last season's Grand National, before he fell six fences from home, but Neil Mulholland's charge is set to try and bounce back from that late tumble and sparkle at Aintree on April 9, and he will be attempting to build on a decent season over jumps.
He kicked off the campaign with a spin over hurdles, where he finished sixth in the West Yorkshire Hurdle at Haydock Park, but a return to fences at Cheltenham in December saw him in a better light and he was a creditable sixth in the competitive Ryman Stationery Handicap Chase.
However, it was his second place finish behind other Grand National hope The Last Samuri in Doncaster's Grimthorpe Chase that would've given the nine-year-old more encouragement, and having relished his first attempt at the National last season, he will enjoy a return to Merseyside and he has to be one of the leading fancies for the 2016 renewal.
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VERDICT: He was tanking along when falling in last year's race, so if he can rekindle that sort of form then has to come into consideration, and having finished a decent runner-up in the Grimthorpe Chase last time out at Doncaster then he could be a key player again in the Grand National.