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Rule the World pips The Last Samuri to Grand National glory
On Saturday, all eyes were on Aintree and the 2016 Crabbies Grand National. In the build-up to the race, a lot of the talk had been about Many Clouds and his attempt to emulate the legendary Red Rum but Leighton Aspell’s mount struggled to cope with the heavy ground as top weight in the 39-horse field.

And as the rain poured throughout the afternoon, it looked like it would be The Last Samuri’s day. The young 7-year-old jumped perfectly and had this race been exactly four miles, he’d have romped home as the outright winner but Rule the World, trained by the iconic Mouse Morris, pipped him in the closing stages.

Coral had priced Rule the World at 33/1 in their horse racing betting markets in the moments before the big race but he gave 19-year-old jockey David Mullins a superb ride to win the biggest race on the planet. And while he may never run again, he’s certainly provided his owners and connections with a day they’ll never forget.

In recent times, the National has been incredibly difficult to predict with just one starting price favourite winning in the last eight years. And although The Last Samuri came close, he just fell short. His day will come though – especially if he continues to jump faultlessly as he matures into a Grade One horse.

It was a deserved victory for Mouse Morris but it could be the turn of a young trainer next year. Dan Skelton, who now offers horse racing tips exclusively for Coral, is one of the best upcoming trainers in the business and his horses may be about to challenge for bigger and better things in 2016.

He certainly knows what he’s on about – he picked a number of winners at Sandown in a piece for Coral last month. In fact, you can check out these tips for the race from Dan Skelton here. Who knows, it could be his turn in twelve months’ time...

But for now, Rule the World and his connections will be jumping for joy after their latest victory. It’s very rare that such a success is universally applauded in the horse racing world but Mouse Morris deserves plenty of plaudits after a very testing period. And while we may not see Rule the World again, I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll hear of his trainer.
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