Vaughan happy with Grand National weights
Trainer Tim Vaughan has been unable to hide his excitement at the weights allotted to his two big Grand National hopes - Beshabar and Saint Are.
The weights were announced in London yesterday and the Welsh handler immediately responded by revealing that he was particularly pleased with the 10 stone 5 lbs Beshabar has been set to carry.
He said: "The weight is the equivalent to a mark of 143. That puts him 7lbs lower than when a close fifth in the 2011 Hennessy when last seen and I am really excited about his prospects - we just need to get him there now.
I am really excited about his prospects - we just need to get him there now.Tim Vaughan
"We have just started faster work with him and, though he won't be running before the National, we will most likely look to give him a racecourse gallop or two before the big day.
"Saint Are has 10st4lbs and, having won at the meeting for the past two seasons, a National would be the perfect way to complete the hat-trick.
"He may go to Ascot this weekend for the 3m Listed handicap chase and hopefully he can build on his fourth at Cheltenham last time, though we could do with the ground drying out a little.
"Our other National entry, Tartak, has been given 9st10lbs, having come down the handicap this season. He looks very well at home and is likely to go straight to the Festival now."
Beshabar is 999/1 to win the Grand National, with Saint Are 50/1, while Prince De Beauchene is 999/1.
Vaughan also revealed that his exciting juvenile hurdler Swnymor has been given an entry in the Grade 2 Victor Ludorum at Haydock Park on Saturday and that he is giving the race serious consideration.
He added: "I have been really pleased with him at home and, if all goes to plan in his work over the next couple of days, it may well suit as his prep run for the Triumph at Cheltenham in March."
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