Enright bids to be the Daddy on Thunder And Roses
Just over a week on from witnessing the birth of his daughter and becoming a father for the first time, Mark Enright is set to have his first ride in the Grand National for Mouse Morris and Gigginstown House Stud on Thunder And Roses.
The combination of 39 rivals, 30 fences and a marathon trip has been on Enright's bucket list for a long time now, and the former champion conditional says he's "delighted" to finally have a ride in the Randox Health-sponsored £1 million contest.
He said: "It will be a very special couple of weeks, no doubt. It’s been my dream for a long time and I'm grateful for the opportunity.
"Myself and partner Jessie [Foster] welcomed our daughter Sophie into the world last week and now I have my first ride in a Grand National. It's amazing the way things fall into place sometimes."
Gigginstown are well represented on Saturday but Enright insists his mount, a 33-1 shot, is more than just a squad player and he expects a bold show.
"I'd have picked Thunder And Roses if I had the choice; time will tell if I'm right or not," he said.
"He ticks plenty of boxes. He ran a cracker when second to Pleasant Company in the Bobbyjo and that’s always a great trial for the Grand National. He’s won an Irish National and seems to be coming to form lately.
“I think he has a great chance of getting involved and I think he will give me a good first ride in the race. He’s trained by the right man in Mouse Morris, who has a brilliant record in getting his horses ready for the big day - everyone knows of the brilliant job he did with Rule The World last year.”
Both Thunder And Roses and Enright will be making their Grand National debut but both horse and rider have had a taste of the famous fences.
Enright added: “I rode in the Becher last November for Jim Dreaper but unfortunately my horse fell. It was a great experience all the same and hopefully we get a bit more luck this time round. Thunder And Roses has also run in a Becher Chase before.”
Asked what he would do with the his slice of the prize fund should luck be on his side, and Enright joked: “it would help pay for some nappies!”