Beshabar: a 33-1 chance for the Grand National in April

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Beshabar being readied for shot at National

BESHABAR is back in training for the John Smith's Grand National with Tim Vaughan admitting that it is "all about that one day" for the 11-year-old.

Winner of the 2011 Coral Scottish National, Beshabar has been off the track since damaging a tendon in last year's Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

Vaughan has been steadily building up Beshabar's workload in preparation for April's big race where he will head without a prep run.

Speaking in the Racing & Football Outlook Trainer File, Vaughan said: "He's back in after straining a tendon when fifth in last season's Hennessy. He's done loads of road work and is cantering now.

"Touch wood, he seems fine and the plan is a racecourse gallop or two and then straight to the Grand National. It all revolves around that one day."

Beshabar is generally available at 33-1 to win this year's Grand National.

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As sporting sights go, few match the sheer excitement of 40 horses thundering towards the first fence at Aintree for the John Smith's Grand National.

A race steeped in history that always provides a story, the Grand National is the ultimate test of endurance and skill for both horse and jockey, as the pairing must navigate 30 treacherous fences, and then still have enough stamina to make a challenge on the run-in.

To manage a clear round in the 4m4f epic is no mean achievement, with the fences notoriously difficult and offering unique challenges.

Over the years, there have been countless memorable moments, Devon Loch's phantom leap in the 1956 contest, Foinavon's shock 100-1 win in 1967 and the brilliance of Red Rum, who took the chase on three occasions in 1973, 74 and 77.

In 1981 Aldaniti and Bob Champion completed a heartwarming tale when winning the race, as Aldaniti had recovered from a career-threatening injury while jockey Champion had battled back from cancer.

In 2011 the race provided another fairytale story as Donald McCain emulated his father and Aintree legend Ginger when winning with Ballabriggs - and that came just a year after champion jockey Tony McCoy finally gained victory in the race at the 15th time of asking.