Horse Racing

Grand National 2023: Le Milos looking good according to rider

The world’s most recognisable jumps race takes place this Saturday. 40 runners and riders will head down to the start of Aintree’s famous racecourse for what will be an action-packed 10-12 minutes.

Do you know which horse you’ll be betting on yet? Got a few in mind? Maybe you’re a fan of the Dan Skelton trained Le Milos, who is far from unfancied in the early betting.

Ahead of Saturday’s big race, jockey Harry Skelton gave a television interview, and if you’ve already backed Le Milos or were thinking about doing so ahead of the Grand National, you’ll be happy with the comments made. Skelton commented positively on the gelding saying that “he’s in great form”, before going on to add, when questioned about staying the distance, “the trip’s no problem”.

Grand National 2023
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Such comments only bolster what were already solid form claims held by Le Milos, who looked very much like a Grand National type when winning nicely over an extended three miles in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury back in November.

The ten-year-old wasn’t quite in the same form at Kelso last time out returning from a 98-day break, though the Skelton doesn’t seem worried about that. The experienced jockey, who will ride several horses for brother Dan over the course of the three days, said that the plan was to “come on and leave a bit in the tank for the national and that’s what we’ve done”.

It’s been another good season for the Skelton duo, who are no strangers to popping up with a winner in a big handicap. Can they now come up with the goods in the biggest handicap of all? We’ll find out early on Saturday evening.

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