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Aidan Coleman

Coleman hoping Judge can get National verdict

11 April 2014

My pretty awful record in the Crabbie’s Grand National continued last weekend as I parted company from The Rainbow Hunter, when we were badly hampered at Valentine’s first time around.

Lash probably celebrated with cup of tea!

He was giving me a good spin but you have to expect these things in the National. Aintree can be a pretty unforgiving place and Sam Twiston-Davies and I shared a lift back after he fell at the Canal Turn.

Sam could have been on the winner Pineau De Re but chose to ride Tidal Bay instead. It was a similar story for me back in 2009, when I could have been on the winner Mon Mome, but chose to ride Stan instead.

He was obviously a little down but I told him not to worry and these things only make you stronger. There are so many ifs and buts when it comes to the National I don’t think you can beat yourself up and think about what could have been.

We were both delighted for Dr Richard Newland and Leighton Aspell, or Lash as he’s known in the weighing room. I’ve ridden a few for the doctor, and I know it’s easy to say now, but he’s a very talented trainer – and he treats it as nothing more than a hobby!

All the lads were delighted for Lash. He’s a great fella, very unassuming and just gets on with it. And I don’t think we’ve seen a cooler reaction to winning the National. He just took it all in his stride. I didn’t go to the winner’s party, and I am not sure Lash did either. It would be no surprise if he’d travelled straight back to Sussex and celebrated with a cup of tea!

Thankful for holy intervention at Ayr

I’ve got a bit bogged down recently. I haven’t had a winner this month and am still six off my first century.

There are a couple of weeks to go so I will be trying my hardest. It’s going to be tough to add to the tally on Saturday as I only have one ride – but it’s a fantastic spare to pick up.

Wayne Hutchinson was due to ride Godsmejudge in the Coral Scottish National, but unfortunately for Hutch he hurt his knee in a fall on Thursday and I am not sure how long he’s going to be out for.

The pair won the race last year and he’s only 6lb higher. I know he’s pulled up on his two most recent starts but horses who have run well in the Scottish National before, usually do so again, plus Alan King’s horses are in terrific form, as illustrated by three winners at Aintree last week.

I’ll have a chat with Hutch and hopefully Godsmejudge can go close.


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