Medermit - Aintree 23.10.10

Medermit "ran his heart out" in the Ryanair according to trainer Alan King

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Medermit could step up in trip for Bowl at Aintree

RYANAIR CHASE third Medermit is set to step up in trip for a crack at the Betfred Bowl Chase at Aintree's Grand National meeting on April 12, providing he recovers sufficiently from his Cheltenham exertions.

The eight-year-old was beaten a length behind Riverside Theatre over2m5f in the Ryanair and trainer Alan King and jockey Robert Thornton are keen to tackle the 3m1f trip at Aintree.

"Medermit never lets us down at the festival and ran another fabulous race in the Ryanair," King is quoted on his website.

"He is an unbelievable horse. He ran his heart out and he deserves to win a big one.

"Choc [Thornton] and I are dying to try him over three miles and, while the King George VI Chase at Kempton would be in our minds for next season, if he came out of this race okay we could think about the Betfred Bowl at Aintree. It helps that the two festivals are three weeks apart this year."

Medermit could be joined at Aintree by stablemate Smad Place, a creditable third to Big Buck's in the World Hurdle.

He could bid for revenge in the BGC Partners Liverpool Hurdle, while Kingadded that Triumph Hurdle third Grumeti has options at Aintree and Punchestown.

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.