Home Farm Not Certain For Grand National

Trained by Arthur Moore, Home Farm is a general 25/1 contender for the 2014 Crabbies Grand National but a definite run in the race is not certain for the seven-year-old, who disappointed recently at Leopardstown finishing in seventh place in the Carrickmines Handicap Chase despite being sent off as the race favourite.

The Home Farm performance dampened the spirits of Arthur Moore, who said: “I was a little disappointed with him, but he’s come out of the race fine.

“We haven’t made a definite decision yet about Aintree.

“You could maybe say that the ground was a bit tacky on Sunday, but we aren’t using that as an excuse.

“He looked very happy until the second-last and then just got tired.

“I suppose you could say he hadn’t run since Christmas and he was entitled to get tired and he maybe needed it a bit.”

Home Farm is all but guaranteed a spot in the Grand National line-up having been given 10-06 by the BHA Handicapper and currently lies in 47th spot on the potential list of runners with multiple scratching stages still ahead.

But he’s lightly chased, having only run in seven, winning one and at such a young age, coupled with his latest run, Moore may be inclined to bypass the festival this year and instead wait until Home Farm has matured and gotten some much deserved experience under his belt.

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