Nigel Twiston-Davies is targeting the Randox Grand National with Good Boy Bobby following his bold success in the Grade Three Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby on Boxing Day.
The 4-1 per second favorite did pretty much everything in the hands of coach Sam’s son, digging deep to keep Lord Du Mesnil and Top Ville Ben at bay, both of whom tried and failed to get through the game’s stages. closure.
That was Good Boy Bobby’s second win of the season on the West Yorkshire track, with his only defeat of the season in a thrilling conclusion of the Rehearsal Chase in Newcastle, where he lost nothing in the defeat by finishing second to the consistent Aye Right.
Naunton’s host reports that Good Boy Bobby has not resented his efforts and is working towards the marathon race on April 9 with his charge.
Twiston-Davies, who has won the famous race twice in the past with Earth Summit (1998) and Bindaree (2002), said, “Good Boy Bobby is fine, 100%.
“Obviously it was a tough race (at Wetherby), so we’ll give him four or five weeks off now, then it’ll be another race and onto the Grand National – just don’t ask me where!”
When asked to rate Good Boy Bobby’s Aintree credentials, Twiston-Davies was quite optimistic, suggesting that now is the perfect time to give a twist to the world’s most famous obstacle course.
“I hope he’s a national guy. He’s pretty lively, so if he is he might be a little too enthusiastic, you never know, but he’s stabilizing as he gets older, so let’s hope he’s okay,” he said.