McConnell is set for Some Neck success
John McConnell expects the Some Neck to achieve the undisputed greatest victory of its career in the Randox Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.
Willie Mullins became the owner of the charming 10-year-old stallion, named Some Neck, a year ago in November after losing since winning a Grade 2 novice chase in 2019, but has been rejuvenated by the switch in yard and discipline.
Last month, the young festival participant took third place after the legendary Tiger Roll, breaking the Cross Country fences, which it already knew from the Cheltenham competition, which took place in December.
McConnell is planning to make Some Neck a participant in the largest hurdles race. His support will be 50/1 for the Grand National. Perspective jockey Simon Torrens is ready to support the new competitor with his participation in the great race.
John truly believes in the success of the gray newbie in racing. Here is what he says about it:
“It’s always been an ambition of mine to have a runner in the Grand National. It’s the race that captures the imagination and it’s a huge thrill for the yard. It’s also great for the owners and it’s not like he’s a no-hoper either. I actually think he could surprise a few people.”
“The first couple of miles are the most important with Some Neck. He tends to take warming up into his races but if he was still in the race heading out into the final circuit he could run very well.”