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Lorna Fowler is set to have a trio of runners at Aintree’s Grand National meeting this week, with County Hurdle third, Colonel Mustard leading the string. 

The son of Makfi will be joined by two related Mares in Naughtinesse who goes in the Grade Two Mares’ Bumper on Thursday, and half-sister Politesse, who is likely to run in the Grade Three Orrell Park Handicap Hurdle. 

“Colonel Mustard is telling us he’s in really good form, so I’m keen to go. Which race I go for, I don’t know but he has a Grade One Novice two miler on the Friday and the Grade One Novice Hurdle over two and a half on the Saturday.” 

“We’re going to put a hood on him. He’s not an unsettled horse, but if we can just settle him a little bit in the early stages, just to give him a little bit more at the end of the race. He doesn’t mind a hood so it won’t hinder him and it might help him.”

Alongside Colonel Mustard, Fowler is also keen on her other two hopefuls heading to Aintree this week, where the team look to have a runner each day of the Grand National Festival.

“Naughtinesse is declared for the Mares Bumper on Thursday. It’s a really hot race. She won her bumper at Fairyhouse and she was meant to go to Leopardstown for the Dublin Racing Festival, but she got sore shins - Not badly, but enough that we didn’t want to mess up her season so we backed off her.”

“She seems very well, she’s living up to her name magnificently by behaving really badly but she’s tough and this will be a big ask, there’s a lot of good mares in the race, but from what she’s shown so far and the form she’s in now, she merits the chance to go over and taken her chance.”

Naughtinesse also has half-sister Politesse making the trip to Aintree looking to head to the Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle on Friday after a few months off the track.

“We’re hoping we can get her into the Grade 3 Handicap Hurdle on Friday, I don’t know if we will get in yet. I do have her entered for a three miler on the Saturday - I’m not sure if I want to go for that or not, I really need to think about it. I did actually put an entry in at Ballinrobe on Friday.”

Fowler told us how keen she is to get a run into Politesse because of the bigger target she has set later this Spring.

“I’m keen to run her because right now she’s in great form and I do have a target in mind which is a Mares Grade 1 at Punchestown in a few weeks. She does run well fresh, but we’ll just find out how straight she is in this race at Aintree and hopefully she runs a big race and is set for Punchestown.”

Aintree and beyond

Fowler also tells us she doesn’t know what the next steps will be for Colonel Mustard after his Aintree run. 

“The important thing is we have him in good form and healthy, but what I do after this, I don’t know. I said I wasn’t going to run him at Aintree and Cheltenham, but he very much told us that it’s the right thing.”

Whether or not he goes to Punchestown - I’ll put in the entries but we will wait and see how he comes out of Aintree. I’m not looking very much beyond that, Aintree is our target at the moment.”


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