Weird Al is a general 40-1 chance for the John Smith's Grand NationalPICTURE: Getty Images
Weird Al to join Ballabriggs in National
WEIRD AL will join last year's hero Ballabriggs in next Saturday's John Smith's Grand National after trainer Donald McCain confirmed him for the race.
A general 40-1 chance for the 4m4f marathon, Weird Al won the Charlie Hall Chase on his first start for McCain last October but was pulled-up in last month's Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The horse was reported to have bled at Cheltenham but after impressing his trainer recently, McCain has decided to run him at Aintree along with stablemate Ballabriggs.
Quoted in his Betfair column, the trainer said: "We just felt that he might not get the chance to run off such an attractive mark in the future and that he might be the sort of horse who would really take to the place - in the end, it's the Grand National and the decision really took care of itself.
"He was obviously below-par in the Gold Cup but he bled there and it clearly wasn't his true running - he has looked in great nick at home since."
Timmy Murphy, who won the 2008 National on Comply Or Die, will take the ride.