Talking Horses: Waiting Patiently best bet on Grand National day two card

The rain that has fallen will give the selection ideal conditions for Friday’s Melling Chase

It has been a long, frustrating season for connections of Waiting Patiently (3.25), who must have soft ground but found the forecast drying up whenever an entry was made for him. Finally, he has had a turn of luck, the heavens having opened on Aintree on Thursday, giving him ideal conditions for Melling Chase.

His trainer, Ruth Jefferson, could hardly believe her eyes when Waiting Patiently was taken out of the King George by Bristol De Mai falling in front of him. When he tried to win the Ascot Chase for the second year running, he bumped into Cyrname as that one turned himself into the highest rated steeplechaser in the country.

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