Aintree Grand National News: Burrows Saint leads four pronged Willie Mullins assault

Fresh from dominating the Cheltenham Festival, the superlative Willie Mullins is taking a select group to the Randox Aintree Grand National Festival, headed by Burrows Saint in the big one.

Cheltenham ruler Willie Mullins is heading to Aintree with a small but deadly raiding party including four horses for the Randox Aintree Grand National on April 9.

Burrows Saints, the Rich Ricci owned gelding, fourth last year, is most-fancied among a select Mullins' group which also includes Burrows Brahma Saint, Brahma Bull, Class Conti and Agusta Gold.

"Burrows Saint is fine. You would rather have had a better run in the Bobbyjo (finished third) and it's going to be hard to turn around the form with Any Second Now.

"You'd rather some of them had better runs prior to the National, but then it's the National and who knows what's going to happen?" said Mullins on an open looking National.

Meanwhile 2019 Betway Bowl winner Kemboy will return to Aintree fresh after missing Cheltenham, looking for his first Grade 1 victory since taking the Irish Gold Cup in 2021.

Mullins said: "Kemboy loves the track so we decided to skip Cheltenham this year and aim for there and nicer ground, but there is rain forecast.

"I read this morning that the clerk of the course was worried about whether to water or not.

"I always thought a rule of thumb was not to worry about having it over-watered, safety is the main thing to me and a little too much is better than a little too less."

Mullins looks likelt to have two runners on the opening Thursday, with Kemboy in the Betway Bowl and then the promising Ashroe Diamond in the Goffs UK Nickel Coin Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

On Friday, Royal Rendezvous will has options of either the Grade 1 Marsh Chase or the Randox Topham Chase and a spin over the National fences.

Everything is building up to the big one on Saturday however with the Closutton handler hoping to wrestle the National from fellow Irish trainer Henry De Bromhead.

Read More: Grand National Festival 2022 guide: When is it, times, big races, top horses, trainers and jockeys.

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