Mighty Thunder has a chance of winning Lucinda Russell a second Grand National insists the trainer despite pulling up on his last two starts after Derek Fox’s mount has rectified a breathing issue
- Trainer Lucinda Russell believes Mighty Thunder can win the Grand National
- The Scottish trainer won the Grand National back in 2017 with One For Arthur
- Mighty Thunder has won the Scottish National but pulled up on last two starts
Trainer Lucinda Russell is convinced Mighty Thunder has a chance of winning her a second Grand National after treatment to rectify a breathing issue.
Derek Fox’s mount won last season’s Scottish National but has been pulled up on his last two starts.
Russell, who won the 2017 Grand National with One For Arthur, said: ‘He was pulled up on heavy ground in the Welsh National, so we thought we’d give him a confidence booster in the Edinburgh National at Musselburgh, which he had won last season.
Lucinda Russell (left) is convinced Mighty Thunder has a chance of winning her a second Grand National
‘He was going beautifully, moved into contention and then gurgled. He was operated on and seems to be perfect.
‘Like One For Arthur, he is very good at switching off in a race and they both love jumping. I would not be surprised to see him take the same route as Arthur and be towards the rear while he gets into a rhythm.
‘Derek could then let him creep forward at the right time and he has proved he is the right man to execute those tactics.’
Meanwhile, Russell runs Ahoy Senor in Thursday’s Grade One Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase — a rematch with Venetia Williams-trained L’Homme Presse, who beat him in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham.
Might Thunder (left) won the Scottish Grand National last season but has been pulled up on his last two starts