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Donal Murphy

Donal Murphy

Noble Yeats 'looks a million dollars' ahead of Grand National defence

Emmet Mullins & Noble YeatsEmmet Mullins & Noble Yeats
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Emmet Mullins reports Noble Yeats to be in rude health ahead of his bid for back-to-back wins in the Randox Aintree Grand National on April 15th.

An excellent fourth in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham on his most recent start, the Robert Waley-Cohen eight-year-old is now a leading contender for the Aintree showpiece.

Speaking at Wexford on Friday evening, Mullins commented: "He galloped the whole to the line at Cheltenham and all is good with him.

"Sometimes the Gold Cup can leave a mark on a horse and you won't know until you get out the next day, but visually at home he looks a million dollars. It looks like he needs work at the moment.

"We know he acts around the track, over the fences and the extra trip isn't going to be any issue. It's just the eleven stone eleven that he'll have to carry and weight stops trains.

"We've just a fortnight to go now and fingers crossed everything will be okay."