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Nassalam Grand National odds: Softer ground to suit Welsh National winner

In the latest episode of Full Circle, Adam Catterall caught up with Jamie Moore who believes his father Gary's first runner in the Grand National could be a winning one.

Conditions at Aintree on Saturday look set to be on the heavy side, which will be music to the ears of Nassalam's connections.

Nassalam won a Welsh National trial on testing ground at Chepstow early in December, before returning at the end of the month to win the main event on even heavier ground.

Jamie, the recently retired son of trainer Gary Moore who has never ran a horse in the Grand National before, believes he is one of the contenders on Saturday afternoon.

"Dad wouldn't go for the National unless he thinks a horse has a chance, and obviously this horse does have a chance," said Moore.

"Back in the day we could have run horses in the National if we had wanted to do, but we knew that they wouldn't have had any sort of chance.

"He's got a lot of weight but he won over 3m5f in the Welsh National and he looked very impressive.

"For me, he does have a live chance in the race."

Grand National odds

  • Corach Rambler - 9/2
  • I Am Maximus - 7/1
  • Meetingofthewaters - 8/1
  • Vanillier - 8/1
  • Kitty's Light - 12/1
  • Mr Incredible - 12/1
  • Panda Boy - 14/1
  • Limerick Lace - 16/1
  • Mahler Mission - 16/1
  • Noble Yeats - 16/1
  • Minella Indo - 20/1
  • Nassalam - 20/1

(Any odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation)


After his success in the Welsh Grand National, the Moore family opted to send Nassalam to the Gold Cup at Cheltenham, where he was unfortunately pulled up.

Despite the setback, the Gold Cup was seen as preparation for the Grand National and if the ground is as heavy as expected, then Jamie Moore is confident that Nassalam will be raring to go.

"He pulled up which isn't ideal but the Gold Cup was a prep run and he hadn't run since the Welsh National in December. He had a long time off and it was to blow away the cobwebs more than anything else.

"It was a hard race to do it in, its the best race in the calendar. He's not a Gold Cup horse, he's not good enough for that so he was probably out of his comfort zone.

"It doesn't look like ideal preparation but I'd like to think you'll see a different horse come Aintree because he wouldn't have been fully tuned up without the Gold Cup.

"It was heavy ground at Cheltenham but it was a bit sticky, whereas if its raining on the day its going to help him massively. At Chepstow it was very wet and thats what he wants."

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