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Monday 5 December 2016

Lee on the right road to Aintree

Kerry Lee is having a rookie season to remember. Photo: Sportsfile
Kerry Lee is having a rookie season to remember. Photo: Sportsfile

It has been a dream first season for trainer Kerry Lee and fresh from her first Grade One winner at Fairyhouse last weekend, and subsequent winners in Ireland and Britain during the week, she goes into the Aintree Grand National meeting full of confidence.

The first season trainer was working for Channel 4 at last year's Grand National meeting, but having taken over the licence from her father, Richard, during the summer, she has already sent out over 20 winners and won a Welsh National and the Betfred Classic.

Famous

Lee also won the Grand National Trial with Bishops Road and the ex-Henry de Bromhead inmate will go to Aintree next week as a lively outsider for the world's most famous jump race.

"It is all systems go towards Aintree with Bishops Road," Lee said yesterday of the eight-year-old that she bought last year for €32,000 at Goffs.

"I have been very happy with him since Haydock Park. He has schooled over Grand National-style fences and everything is going to plan.

Formerly owned by Gigginstown, Bishops Road won the National Trial at Haydock on heavy ground and his win prior to that was at Sandown on similar conditions.

While he hasn't won on good ground, he has got pockets of form on better ground than soft or heavy, so Lee is not overly concerned about what Aintree may have to offer.

She is more anxious about making the cut for the race which will be declared next Thursday with another forefit stage on Monday.

Conditions

"I am not at all worried about ground conditions. Aintree always produces beautiful ground and I am very happy to be going there.

"We just need nine horses to come out," she said.

Lee was amongst the winners yesterday at Ffos Las where Joshua Moore won aboard Alfie Spinner and Lee is hoping that his brother, Jamie, will be recovered in time from injury for the Grand National meeting next week.

"Jamie Moore is working his socks off to get back in time for Aintree and I am quite confident that he will be," she said.

His brother Joshua added: "He's working hard to get back and the collarbone isn't giving him any issues so I think he hopes to be back early next week. If he rides before Aintree well and good but if he doesn't, so be it. He should be back okay for Thursday."

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