Home Farm and Godsmejudge National appearances in doubt | Grand National 2014
Last weekend’s Grand National Trials in Britain and Ireland did little to clarify the situation as regards running plans for the big race. Home Farm was a disappointing favourite in the Carrickmines Handicap Chase at Leopardstown while Scottish National winner Godsmejudge was pulled up at Doncaster.Arthur Moore, who saddled the big race winner in Pass The Hat, admitted that he had expected more from Home Farm who trailed home in seventh place. The County Kildare trainer felt that a combination of the tacky ground and a lack of fitness may have contributed to Home Farm’s poor showing but is undecided about Aintree.
The seven-year-old was having his first start since December and had been in contention until fading at the second last. The son of Presenting emerged as a potential Grand National horse when finishing third in the Irish National to Leading Counsel in April. There was a fine effort for a young horse having only his fifth start over fences.
After a gentle introduction at Naas in November, Home Farm was noted running on strongly from the rear to finish sixth to Rockyaboya in the valuable Paddy Power Chase. Connections will now consider whether to send him to Aintree for which he has 10st 6lb or wait for another tilt at the Irish equivalent. Read more here
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