|Gordon Elliott||Paul Carberry||148|
|Represents the yard of Gordon Elliot who had a cracking Cheltenham and landed the National with Silver Birch in 2007. Backstage has had a similar preparation to that winner easily landing a couple of points in Ireland; many believe he was going every bit as well as Donâ€™t Push It when hampered by loose horse in race last year.|
Trainer- Gordon Elliott, Jockey â€“ Paul Carberry, Other- light blue colours. Irish runner. Number 14
Bet onÂ Backstage with Ladbrokes 14/1
The trainer saddled the 2007 Grand National winner Silver Birch. The jockey won the Grand National on Bobby Joe in 1999. So if you have drawn Backstage in the sweepstake or have backed Backstage for whatever reason then you know you have Grand National winning connections. That is a big plus. The horse also has Aintree experience, but not winning course form.
What a difference 12 months makes. Backstage didnâ€™t look a Grand National horse at the 2009 Aintree meeting, being soundly beaten in the Hunterâ€™s Chase. He ran in last yearâ€™s Grand National and was brought down at the 20th fence. Yet a year on here he is lining up as one of the leading contenders for the Grand National. His form is one of a progressive chaser and is another horse trained in Ireland looking to plunder the biggest prize of all. He could possibly do it.
Gordon Elliott is an up and coming trainer and he had his first winners at the Cheltenham Festival this year to announce his arrival on the big stage. Of course he won the Grand National four years ago, but is a young man on the up. Jockey Paul Carberry is one of the best riders in the sport. He is tactically aware and very stylish. There are few better sights than seeing Paul Carberry creep in to the race on a horse going well.
Though trained in Ireland the owners are a Yorkshire based racing syndicate, Middleham Park Racing. There will be a big crown of owners with this horse, ordinary folk who own a leg or a hoof. Should Backstage win then there will be a big cheer in the winnerâ€™s enclosure.
Gordon Elliott sent Backstage back to the point to point circuit to get his confidence which seems to have done him the world of good. He has stamina by the sack load and his jumping is reported to have improved. The ground will not worry this fellow whatever it happens to be at Aintree.
A leading contender for the 2011 Grand National and connections who have lifted the Grand National Trophy in the past. Very strong chance. Could it be another one for Ireland?