Saturday 24 March 2018

Henrietta's Grand plan for Bay is simple

HENRIETTA Knight is taking a leaf out of the book of Grand National-winning trainers as she prepares Calgary Bay for the John Smith's-sponsored spectacular.

The Lockinge handler feels it is unnecessary to give Aintree hopefuls a pop over home-made National-style fences as part of their training for the big race.

Her husband Terry Biddlecombe rode for Fred Rimell, who saddled four winners of the great race, while three-time victor Tim Forster was a neighbour of hers.

Both stuck to conventional training methods for their Liverpool horses.

"Calgary Bay is in great shape and definitely going for the National," said Knight. "I don't believe in that, in putting them over home-made National-style fences.

"Tim Forster was my neighbour. He trained three Grand National winners and never had any of his horses jump one of those in his life. And Terry said Fred Rimell was the same. If they jump them, they jump them. He jumped them all right last year until he jumped too well and landed on his nose."

Calgary Bay's National bid ended at the fourth fence 12 months ago, but he has not put a foot wrong in his last two starts, winning competitive handicaps at Cheltenham and Doncaster.

Knight hopes the ground remains on the good side at Aintree on April 14.

She said: "He loves good ground. I know it's dry and some people are worried about it but it will suit him.

"I don't think they are going to get much rain at Aintree, but he'll love it."

Dean Ivory has high hopes that Sirius Prospect will be contesting Group One races later in the season, as he prepares for his reappearance in the New William Hill iPhone App Cammidge Trophy on Saturday.

The four-year-old gelding was one of the success stories of the last Flat season, winning five of his last six races and finishing on 110.

Ivory is convinced the son of Gone West has strengthened up over the winter and, despite only having his last race in November, Sirius Prospect is raring to go. "Everything is fine with him, he's wintered well and if anything he's better put together now," he said.

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