Alan will be cheering for Warriors Tale in Grand National

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April 13

We might go into day two at Aintree still looking for our first winner in April, but Midnight Referendum rattled the crossbar at 25-1 in Thursday’s mares bumper, so there are plenty of reasons for optimism.

Reflecting on Midnight Referendum’s terrific run in being beaten only a length by favourite Getaway Katie Mai, on whom Jamie Codd was banned for 17 days for improper use of the whip, Alan was lavish in his praise, commenting:”She is a mare with a big future and we can look forward to next season now.”

Sadly, further overnight rain has prompted Alan to take out Mia’s Storm today, but, while Grand National day will be relatively quiet for the Barbury team, Alan left me in no doubt as to which of the 40 horses in the big one he will be rooting for.

He said:”I bred Warriors Tale, who is now owned by Trevor Hemmings, and we still have the dam who continues to produce foals, so having a Grand National winner in the pedigree would certainly help at sales time!”

We just have the one runners at Aintree tomorrow, Chosen Path in the two and a half mile novice, and Alan added:”We decided this race would suit him better than dragging him through three miles on soft ground on day two. He is a progressive young hurdler who won well at Kempton, and he is still unfurnished, so there ought to be more to come and he’ll be put away for next season after this race.”

Alan will be back from Aintree in time to see Lady Persephone run in her first handicap at Wolverhampton tomorrow night and she has been shaping well so far, while on Sunday Midnight Maestro, who has been off since Boxing Day, resumes action in the two and a half miler at Plumpton.