Aidan Coleman: will ride The Druids Nephew at AintreePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Coleman gets ride on The Druids Nephew
AIDAN COLEMAN has picked up the sought-after mount on leading Crabbie's Grand National fancy The Druids Nephew after connections swooped to secure the services of the rider.
Neil Mulholland was left without a jockey for the eight-year-old after his regular rider Barry Geraghty and second choice Davy Russell both got injured, and after much deliberation he has engaged Coleman.
Mulholland told the Racing Post: "A few names were put to the owners of the horse and Aidan was one of them. They have plumped for him to ride the horse in the Grand National.
"Obviously we are delighted as Aidan is a top class jockey and he will be schooling the horse in the coming days."
The Druids Nephew has won twice this season with his most recent success coming in the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. He is one of a trio of horses vying for the second-favourite spot for the Aintree marathon on April 11 at a best-priced 14-1.