Nicky Henderson’s bucket list understandably includes winning the Randoc Grand National.
On Wednesday, Henderson signalled his intent to correct the one glaring omission on his CV by entering six runners in the 2021 renewal of the great race – with Ok Corral and Beware The Bear nominated as leading the charge by the champion trainer.
The Seven Barrows maestro has yet to win a National of any description in Britain or Ireland and cannot think of a better place to break that duck than in the most valuable and historic jumps race in the world – in which he came closest with The Tsarevich, second to Maori Venture in 1987.
“It’s the race isn’t it? It’s the biggest of the lot,” he told Facing Post. “We’ve been involved in it for years and there is something very special about it – it’s very historic and the whole meeting has a terrific atmosphere. My whole life has revolved around National Hunt racing so, not surprisingly, winning the Grand National would be very special.
Dual winner Tiger Roll heads the 106 entries revealed for the Aintree showpiece on April 10. His trainer Gordon Elliott has 16 in the race, while Henderson has the most of any British trainer for the contest he said is “the biggest of the lot”.