Ziga Boy Wins at Doncaster and will be Running at Haydock

Connections of Ziga Boy are looking ahead to possible Grand National qualification as they gear up for Haydock. The eight year old has been in his element recently, slamming the competition in the run up to Aintree with his recent big win in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster and with his place booked in the upcoming Grand National Trial at Haydock, it could be the boost his credentials need if he wants to line-up at Aintree on April 8th.

Trainer Alan King will be hoping for him to do well at the upcoming National trial on the 18th of February, at least as well as he did at Doncaster which will have hopefully raised his rating enough to allow him to make the cut when the BHA Handicapper reveals the weights on February 14th.

Prior to the Doncaster win his rating was 137. Last year, when he was entered into the National he was given 141 and that still wasn't enough to qualify when no horses below 145 made the cut. Thankfully the handicapper has given him a helping hand in the race to make the cut for the Grand National by raising his rating to 147. Incidentally, those on an OR of 147 ran off 10-06 in 2016 so definitely an advantageous weight.

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Dan Downie, the racing manager for Ziga Boy’s owners, said that the horse was doing well after Doncaster, with no injuries or warnings to speak of. He said that Ziga Boy had basically mirrored the performance of last year and that it had all just fallen into place for the horse. With the entry into the Grand National Trial at Haydock being received, they’ll need to think about whether they’re ready for this horse to go for the toughest race.

Ziga Boy is owned by Axom, a syndicate that is notorious for being selective about the horses that they offer to their members and only ever have a few of them at a time. Their members will be watching patiently while the Grand National Trial takes place, with more than a few of them likely to be at the edge of their seats.

Historically, Ziga Boy has always done well in Doncaster, having won at the race last year too so this was a record breaking moment for as he was the first to clinch a double victory in the history of the race. He smashed the 71 year record and has set himself up well for the rest of the season.

This significant change in the rankings could have a knock on effect with regards to the 40 runners we see in the Grand National. If Ziga Boy manages to make it there, he might just unseat a more favoured pick to do so. With Haydock fast approaching, the battle for a place in the Grand National is likely to heat up shortly.