Aspell to ride Sandymount Duke in Grand National for rock star Ronnie Wood
Leighton Aspell, who famously won back-to-back Grand Nationals on Pineau De Re and Many Clouds in 2014 and 215, will partner Sandymount Duke for rock star Ronnie Wood in next Saturday's Randox Health-backed race.
Also bred by the Rolling Stones member, the Jessica Harrington-trained Sandymount Duke has won four times over fences and was last seen finishing a creditable third over hurdles at Thurles.
He can be backed at 100-1 with William Hill for the National.
Harrington, who has never had a runner in the Aintree showpiece, revealed the news on her Unibet blog on Friday night, when also saying her principal jockey Robbie Power would return in time from a back injury to ride Jury Duty in the £1 million event.
She said: "I was thrilled with Sandymount Duke's final prep run at Thurles last weekend and that should leave him right for Liverpool.
"I just hope that he gets a bit of nice ground and he looks super, and it'll be a huge thrill for his owner Ronnie Wood to have a runner in the National."
Power also has a National victory on his CV courtesy of Silver Birch in 2007 and Jury Duty is a standout 33-1 with Ladbrokes to provide him with another.
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