Blaklion among the favourites to win the 2017 Grand National for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies
The 2017 Grand National takes place on Saturday 8 April, with the world’s most famous steeplechase featuring a stellar line-up of horses and that includes Blaklion.
Blaklion was a winner at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, with the horse being raced lightly this season and he finished a creditable second behind Vieux Lion Rouge at a Haydock Trial despite carrying more weight than his adversary.
Unfortunately for Willy Twiston-Davies, his fall at Cheltenham means he won’t be able to ride for his father in this race, with Noel Fehily set to land the ride and he’ll be on one of the most talented horses in the race.
Nigel Twiston-Davies, who won the Grand National with Earth Summit in 1998 and Bindaree four years later, said: “It’s sad that Willy will not be fit to ride Blaklion after last week’s fall at Cheltenham, as we really wanted to him to ride, and Sam looks sure to be riding for Paul [Nicholls], but in the circumstances I’m delighted to have Noel riding Blaklion.
“He’s a jockey we all admire, and he had a great week at Cheltenham. When I put the idea to the owners they were very happy with it. He’s a great man to have on your side.”