He is one of the UK’s most successful horse trainers, having won the Trainer Championship a staggering four times but one thing is still missing from Nicky Henderson’s list of triumphs and that is a Grand National win.
Despite 58 Cheltenham Festival wins and notching up in excess of £8.5m in earnings over the last five seasons, it would seem that the job will never be fully complete until Henderson bags that all elusive Grand National win.
Speaking to the Racing Post, it is clear that Henderson is growing frustrated by his lack of Aintree success saying “We’ve got to try to find a National horse and it’s becoming a bit of a bugbear.
“Vyta Du Roc is perhaps the most likely and it was a hell of a run when he finished second at Sandown, so he could be one, but there are others.”
Cocktails At Dawn, ridden by Nico De Boinville was his only runner in the 2017 renewal and unfortunately was also the first to bow out of the race when falling at the first.
Ironically that was virtually a repeat of 2016 when his charge Hadrian’s Approach also went out at the first, again with De Boinville in the saddle. His second option, Triolo D’Alene faired slightly better and did complete the course but in 14th place.
Will 2018 be better Henderson? By his own admission Vyta Du Roc may be his best hope and the Simon Munir & Isaac Souede owned horse will generate high expectations if his sterling second place finish in the Bet365 Gold Cup Chase at Sandown in April is anything to go by. He could be in with a real chance.
Grand National 2018 ante-post odds are currently not available for Vyta Du Roc but expect them to be relatively short when the official list of entries is revealed in January, particularly if he has as good a season as expected.
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