Handicapper’s Blog: Martin Greenwood on Corach Rambler’s Grand National win

16 Apr 23

The UK recorded its first Randox Grand National victory since 2017, and it was the same trainer and jockey combo who teamed up with One For Arthur 6 years ago.

Corach Rambler looked a worthy favourite going in given he was a whopping 10lbs well in following his second successive triumph in the Ultima Handicap at the Cheltenham Festival the previous month, and he made the most of that advantage in no uncertain manner.

Its hard to envisage the race going anymore smoothly for Corach Rambler. Always well placed and jumping beautifully, he smoothly moved closer to the pace as the runners began to turn in, joined pacesetter Mister Coffey at the last and soon quickened away in devastating style. As is his want, Corach Rambler began to doss once in front and a near 10 lengths margin (when still not anywhere near the end of his tether) was whittled down to two and a quarter lengths by the line as the much more negatively ridden Vanillier (3lbs well in following a good run the time before) stayed on strongly late, along with several others not far behind. In my opinion, the extra 10lbs he should have carried would not have stopped Corach Rambler winning, such was the dominance of his performance and he looks far from exposed in the staying chase sphere. His new rating could well be pushing near the 160 area and his prospects remain very bright indeed.

Martin Greenwood