Goodtoknow Could Be Headed To The National

The Kerry Lee trained horse Goodtoknow is on a roll and with a win at Hereford two weeks ago, his chances of making the cut for the Grand National 2017 have definitely been given a boost. It was a great performance in the Handicap Chase for the nine year old chaser and his trainer is more than pleased with its potential effect at Aintree.

Both Goodtoknow and his stablemate Mountainous put on a show during the race, with Goodtoknow leading home the latter horse. Lee has been having an amazing season so far, following up a season of success from last year.

She managed to finish last season with a Welsh National win and a Warwick’s Classic chase win and for a trainer who only made her debut last season, this is impressive to say the least. Lee is very quickly making a name for herself in this industry and is sure to have another successful season if Hereford is any indication.

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There were a total of 11 runners in the Handicap Chase at Hereford but because of the conditions only three of them managed to make it to the finish. Mountainous and Goodtoknow led the pack, with Streets of Promise coming in third. Streets of Promise has been fair to middling in his races so far this season, with a smattering of third and fourth places being earned.

It wasn’t a close race by any stretch of the imagination but it was a good one none the less for the two Lee horses. The ground was soft but heavy in parts, making for difficult conditions for the horses and jockeys alike. Navigating the track was a battle in itself and it was clear to see from the start that all of the runners would not be making it to the finishing line.

Lee herself stated that the two had been in peak form during the race and that their jockeys served them well. She’s right in this regard as Richard Patrick and Jake Greenall both handled the tough conditions well, giving plenty of guidance to the horses. It was a nail biting finish for Lee, as she stated she just couldn’t tell which of the two would win.

Joking after the race, Lee stated that pundits were asking which horse she would bet upon that morning. Her advice was a reverse exacta as there was no way she could pick from the two that had been on such top form. She now has her fingers crossed that the win will be enough for the BHA Handicapper to take notice of Goodtoknow when it comes to revealing the weights for the 2017 National – but it will still be a close call.

But before the Grand National in April, plans are to send Goodtoknow to Haydock on Saturday for the upcoming Grand National Trial for which he has odds as short as 10/1, with Betfair. That's a far cry from the current ante-post Grand National odds of 66/1 which will probably drop like a stone if he is successful at Haydock.

Undoubtedly, Goodtoknow will once again be partnered with jockey Jake Greenall who avid racing fans may recognise as the son of former chairman of Aintree, Lord Daresbury which may just give him an edge when it comes to knowing his way around the course.

However it all pans out for connections, Lee’s horses are definitely ones to watch in the run up to the Grand National and they may just surprise us further in their next races.