Lynch waits on the weather to decide Grand National mount

Published: 10:46 31/03/2011

Andrew Lynch will wait to see how the weather affects Aintree ground conditions before deciding which horse he will partner for his first crack at the John Smith’s Grand National on Saturday week.

Dessie Hughes has offered Lynch the opportunity to ride his 11-year-old Vic Venturi in the Aintree showpiece but the jockey is waiting to see if his regular ride, Notre Pere will get the go-ahead to run from his trainer Barry Potts.

"I'd imagine Notre Pere will run only if the ground is on the soft side, so I'm going to wait a bit longer and see what way the weather goes before making a decision," said Lynch on Wednesday.

Lynch will prefer the ride on Notre Pere who he has ridden to his last four victories over fences in Ireland, the ten-year-old is the most prominent of his choices in the Grand National betting at around 33/1.

Vic Venturi is available at odds up to 50/1 but will be a promisimg option for Lynch’s first Grand National ride. Hughes’ charge was traveling well in last year’s race until unseating his rider after coming across a riderless horse at the 20th fence.

The current Aintree going is good, but rain and showers are forecast for the rest of this week. Clerk of the Course, Andrew Tulloch said Aintree could come in for further wet conditions next week.  "The long-range forecast is for unsettled conditions for the first half of next week, with maybe around 2-3mm of rain everyother day. More settled conditions are predicted from Thursday onwards," he said.

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