Minella Rocco Odds and Grand National Form 201912:34, 5 Apr 2019 Updated 12:39, 5 Apr 2019 Minella Rocco didn’t break his duck over fences until winning the four-mile National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham three seasons ago. The big step up in distance obviously played to the horse’s strengths and the form of that race has been underlined in spades with the runner-up (Native River) going on to take numerous big races including last year’s Gold Cup and the 5th horse, Vicente, going on to win two Scottish Nationals. Trainer Jonjo O’Neill decided to give Minella Rocco a run in the Gold Cup two years ago and that piece of ambitious placing paid dividends with the horse staying on well to finish second to Sizing John. Things haven’t really gone to plan since though, winless last season and is yet to produce any form this season. Understandably a number of pundits have highlighted this horse’s erratic jumping as a possible issue at Aintree. O’Neill feels that the bigger fences will make the horse concentrate more.
Which horse will you put your money on? A look at the runners and riders in the 2019 Grand National - Rocco 40/1A peculiar hush will grip Aintree just before 5.15 on Saturday evening, as the amassed crowds wait keenly for the tape to drop on the 172nd edition of the Grand National. The race that captures the minds of the general populous like no other
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Cheltenham - Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 05:08 pmMinella Rocco showed stamina in abundance to run out a gutsy winner of the 146th Year Of The National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup over four miles and 25 fences at Cheltenham. Taking it up at the final fence, the JP McManus-owned Minella Rocco (8-1) kept on resolutely and, despite running around up the hill, went on to score by a length and a quarter from Native River.O'Connor, winning the race a second time, said: "The horse gave me a tremendous ride - he was as brave as a lion. "I don't think anyone can ever question his jumping ever again as he was big, brave and bold."He has a huge amount of potential going forward. "It's a fairytale."
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