Aintree Grand National News: Snow Leopardess ready to pounce says jockey Coleman

Fancied Aintree Grand National runner Snow Leopardess has a brilliant backstory but the marvellous mare has talent to go with it says jockey Aiden Coleman. This feline has claws.

Aidan Coleman is champing at the bit to ride the galloping grey mare Snow Leopardess in the Randox Aintree Grand National on Saturday, April 9.

The marvellous mother of a foal, came back from rearing her offspring to record three wins this season and goes into the big one on a nice light weight of 10st 9lb.

One of those trio of wins came over the National fences in the Becher Chase in December, bringing that all important course form for trainer Charlie Longsdon.

Experienced jockey Coleman cant wait for 17.15 on Saturday and a chance to tackle the huge jumps on Snow Leopardess.

Coleman said: "She's had an absolutely super season, she won at Bangor and then she went to the Becher.

"I was suspended the last day when she ran so I missed her at Exeter, but I'm really looking forward to getting back on her.

"There's been a lot of money for her all week, which was always going to happen.

"There's a great backstory to her and that's been well documented. She's a great mare to be associated with and let's hope it's 14th time lucky for me in the race!

"She's always been a particularly good jumper, I suppose the one thing is that the softer the ground the better for her, just to slow them down a touch.

"You have to take what you get and she does go on better ground, it's not a massive inconvenience to her - it would just play to her strengths if we did get some rain."

The game nose win in the Becher has built belief in Snow Leopardess and that is being reflected at the bookies.

Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: "We knew Snow Leopardess would be the public horse, but probably weren't expecting so much interest in her until Grand National day itself.

"In her bid to become the first mother to win the race in living memory, punters have fallen in love with the mare and just can't wait until Saturday to show their support. As a result of the money we have seen today, she is now the clear favourite to win the world's most famous race."

William Hill's Tony Kenny added: "The momentum is very much behind Snow Leopardess and the 7-1 favourite for this year's Grand National is fast becoming a very bad result indeed."

Bookmakers will hope Snow Leopardess will blend into the background like the feline she is named after in Saturday's big one.

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