Gold Present pulled up at Cheltenham although Henderson expecting a better performance at Aintree
Nicky Henderson only has one runner in the 2018 Grand National although Gold Present could be a bright prospect in the world’s most famous steeplechase, with the horse currently trading at 25/1 with bet365.
Gold Present was entered in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival although he was pulled up and the trainer reports that the animal now has a clean bill of health.
Having run well in the Topham Chase last year before falling, Nicky Henderson thinks that his horse is an excellent jumper who will hopefully get the trip.
The Seven Barrows handler said: “The Randox Health Grand National is definitely the plan with Gold Present.
“He is fine after Cheltenham and he had a trickle of blood from one nose, but he has not shown any more signs of that since.
“We’ve got plenty of time to target Aintree with him because of the longer gap between the meeting and the Cheltenham Festival.
“He has always been a brilliant jumper and he jumped so well at the Cheltenham Festival last year [finished second in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase] and that was one of the reasons that we decided to run him over the Grand National fences in the Topham.
“He was running well in the Topham and it wasn’t really his fault or anybody else’s when he fell at the Canal Turn.
“I needed to find out how much he stayed, but we’re hopeful that he should OK regarding the trip. You never really know until you try it.
“Gold Present will be our only runner in the Grand National.”