McCain enters Denman National debate
AINTREE legend Ginger McCain has said it would be great for the race if Denman were to run in the John Smith's Grand National but questioned whether the Gold Cup winner would be able to repeat the exploits of Red Rum in lumping top-weight to victory in the race.
Ginger McCain: enters the debatePICTURE: Mirrorpix
Not since Red Rum carried 12st to win the second of his three Nationals in 1974 has top weight been carried to victory in the world's most famous steeplechase, and McCain believes should Denman head to Aintree in April that record would remain intact. He said: "It would be great if he ran in the race as the best horses should run in the Grand National.
"I question whether he is a good enough horse to carry 11st 10lb. Liverpool is Liverpool and the Grand National is a great leveller of a race. But if he is as good as they say he is, let him go there, carry the weight and try to prove it - the best horses should be targeted at the Grand National."
Denman was on Sunday trimmed a point into 9-1 by William Hill for the John Smith's sponsored National, while Victor Chandler issued a price of 16-1 about him becoming the first horse since Golden Miller in 1934 to complete the Gold Cup/Grand National double in the same year.