Grand National: Bristol De Mai could get lenient weight – Talking Horses

Martin Greenwood may allow the grey into the race on a reduced rating to continue attempting to attract quality horses

Bristol De Mai is very likely to be given a lenient weight for the Grand National when the list of weights is published later on Tuesday, according to a clear hint dropped by the handicapper Martin Greenwood, who will frame the race for the first time. Greenwood takes over the job from the retired Phil Smith and plans to continue with Smith’s methods, including compression of the top end of the weights, a policy which has made the Aintree race more attractive to quality horses.

“I’m certainly going to be using certain guidelines that Phil had,” Greenwood told me in his first interview on the subject. He would not say exactly how he will handle Bristol De Mai’s lofty rating of 173 but sounded very much as though he was prepared to drop it by a few pounds for the purpose of making this National more competitive.

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