Oscar Time primed for Grand National success

Published: 09:46 02/04/2011

Owners Robert and Sam Waley-Cohen will be looking to complete a big race double, following the Cheltenham Gold Cup triumph of Long Run, as Irish-trained Oscar Time heads into next week's John Smith's Grand National in good form.

Oscar Time  was last seen finishing third behind Grand National ante-post favourite The Midnight Club in Fairyhouse's Bobbyjo Chase, and the 10-year-old is currently best price of 14/1 at Totesport.

Trainer, Martin Lynch had the following to say about Oscar Time's chances

"The Grand National has been the only aim this season and he's 100% after his last run,"

"I was very pleased with that, it was his first start over fences since the Irish National last year, so we're delighted with it."

"You don't know until you run them over four and a half miles but he seemed to get the three-mile, five in the Irish National very well."

"He has early pace too and I would hope that he would get the trip, but you just don't know."

"Any good ground will do, that doesn't bother him."

Elsewhere in the Grand National, Donald McCain is similarly delighted with his National hope Ballabriggs, a winner of two novice hurdles this season before finishing second in a chase at Kelso.

"He worked on Wednesday and we were thrilled with him. He's in great shape," said trainer McCain.

"He needs another two pieces of work, which he'll have, and that should leave him spot-on."

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