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    Russell's Hunger for Further National Success After Two Triumphs
Russell's Hunger for Further National Success After Two Triumphs
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Russell's Hunger for Further National Success After Two Triumphs

Corach Rambler set for Aintree glory once again following Cheltenham’s success.

Lucinda Russell has expressed her delight as her reigning Grand National champion, Corach Rambler, has been assigned 11st 2lb for his upcoming title defence at Aintree in April.

Last season, the 10-year-old secured victory under Derek Fox, clinching Russell her second success in the prestigious race. He triumphed by two and a quarter lengths, joining the esteemed list of winners that includes 2017 champion One For Arthur.

Despite carrying 10st 5lb during his previous victory with a rating of 146, his recent triumph has led to an increase in his mark to 159. Russell anticipated this elevation, considering the horse as a potential contender for the Cheltenham Gold Cup before focusing on Aintree in March.

"His current weight allocation of 11st 2lb is ideal, slightly heavier than last year but within our expectations. We are keen to see Shark Hanlon's Hewick as the top-weight competitor,"

she remarked.

Corach Rambler, ridden at home by Russell's partner and assistant trainer Peter Scudamore, has been progressing well in his preparations. Scudamore noted,

"He looks in excellent form at the moment, with his recent performance at Haydock being promising. His fondness for Aintree is evident this time of the year”.

Having clinched the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last year before his National triumph, Scudamore is confident that Corach Rambler's Gold Cup participation will not impede his chances at Aintree. He expressed,

"Past instances of horses doubling up, such as Rough Quest and Miinnehoma, show it is feasible. The Gold Cup distance should not pose a challenge, and we believe in our established routine for success”. 

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