Aintree return for Cappa

  • Last Updated: January 30 2013, 12:14 GMT

Evan Williams hopes Cappa Bleu will be more streetwise in this year's John Smith's Grand National at Aintree.

Cappa Bleu: Will have one or two runs before the National

The lightly-raced 11-year-old features among 84 entries for the April showpiece having finished fourth in the race last season.

In that occasion he met with trouble in running and the trainer said: "He ran a very promising race last year. He got a few bumps along the way and was lucky to stand up with some loose horses and fallers around him. I thought he did incredibly well to finish as close as he did.

"He is a very unexposed horse and his inexperience probably caught him out last year, but hopefully he will benefit from that this time around."

Cappa Bleu has been restricted to just one outing this season, at Carlisle in November, but could be back on the track as early as this weekend.

"Since he ran, it has been very wet and very heavy ground doesn't suit him. When he encountered that for the first time in the Welsh National in 2011, it took me a long time to get him back after that," Williams explained.

"I didn't want to run him in that sort of ground again this season because I want to get him to Aintree as fresh as I possibly can.

"He holds entries this weekend but he will be entered everywhere as I am very keen to get another run or two into him before Aintree. I will give him every opportunity to run but, as I have said all season, if the ground is very heavy, he won't run."

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