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Jamie Moore targets Aintree this year


In his second season as the master of Pond House, David Pipe will saddle five runner’s in Saturday’s John Smith’s Grand National. His contingent is headed by the David Johnson-owned Comply Or Die, who retained jockey Timmy Murphy will partner. Also running in Johnson’s colours will be Vodka Bleu and Joaaci, while Madison Du Berlais and Milan Deux Mille complete the quintet, who will not arrive at Aintree until the morning of the race. Pipe said: “Comply Or Die is the 10/1 second favourite and comes to Aintree in great form. He’s schooled nicely over the Aintree-style fences at home. He finished second behind Cloudy Lane in the Tommy Whittle at Haydock, beaten two and a half lengths, and he’s 4lb better off with him on Saturday. “He then went on and won the totesport Eider over four miles and one at Newcastle. He’s bred to jump and stay and, with a bit of luck in running, he could go very close.” His team of five will be bidding to improve on his record from his first season, when he ran both Puntal and Celtic Son. While the latter was pulled up before the 22nd of the 30 obstacles, veteran Puntal stayed on for eighth place. He continued: “All five have schooled well at home. Vodka Bleu and Milan Deux Mille have both run in the John Smith’s Topham Chase, so they’ve got some experience over the fences. They’re all old fashioned steeplechasers, which is what you need for a race like this. “Of the others, Vodka Bleu has a chance at a big price. Timmy (Murphy) was always going to ride him because this race has been mapped out for him for a long time. But, after Comply Or Die’s performance at Newcastle, he decided to swap. You can’t blame him after that performance under top-weight over four miles and one. “The John Smith’s Grand National is different to what it was a few years ago. There’s one stone, five pounds between top and bottom so it’s a lot more of a compressed handicap nowadays. It’s not so much of a lottery as it used to be, I would say. “Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a very difficult race to win but maybe the class horse wins the race these days.”