Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cabin Fever Is All the Rage in the National; National Treasure: The Jonjo O'Neill-Trained Butler's Cabin (Right) Is a Good Jumper of Fences and Boasts Great Stamina

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cabin Fever Is All the Rage in the National; National Treasure: The Jonjo O'Neill-Trained Butler's Cabin (Right) Is a Good Jumper of Fences and Boasts Great Stamina

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Byline: John O'Hara

IF ever a horse ticked all the right boxes for the John Smith's GrandNational then it has to be the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Butler's Cabin. To win theworld's greatest steeplechase a horse must be a superb jumper, have plenty ofstamina, a courageous jockey and, of course, luck.

The JP McManus-owned Butler's Cabin has a good record as he has won five of hiscareer starts over fences and has completed every time.

He has impressive stamina having won the Irish Grand National over 3m 5f andCheltenham's National Hunt Chase over 4m 1f. Add to that the greatest jumpjockey everTony McCoy and you have all the ingredients for a Grand National success.

O'Neill, who trains the eight-yearold, has scaled many heights in his careerbut if ever a race owed him one then it has to be the Aintree marathon.

Not only did his Gold Cup winner Alverton die in the race, but as a jockey henever put in a clear round.

The ride on Butler's Cabin looked highly unlikely for McCoy at Warwick inJanuary when he cracked a vertebra in a nasty fall. Amazingly, though, thechampion is back to his best and having ridden a winner at Cheltenham andopening his Aintree account on Binocular yesterday, he is now set to win hisfirst National at the 13th attempt.

Despite the credentials of Butler's Cabin, the betting suggests it is almost aone-horse race with Cloudy Lane set to go off one of the shortest-pricedfavourites in around 30 years at around 5-1. It will take an almighty publicplunge if he is to win at a shorter price than Poethlyn in 1919, who returnedat 11-4.

Cloudy Lane is trained by Donald McCain, son of four-time National winningtrainer Ginger. McCain Jnr has made a great start since taking over the familybusiness and his gelding is entitled to be among the market leaders, butwherever Cloudy Lane finishes Comply Or Die will be nearby having run him closein the Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock in December. …

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