Preists team hoping for rain

Tom O’Leary would love to see the clouds gather over Aintree this week with every drop of rain set to aid the chances of his confirmed mudlark Preists Leap in the John Smith’s Grand National.

Tom O’Leary would love to see the clouds gather over Aintree this week with every drop of rain set to aid the chances of his confirmed mudlark Preists Leap in the John Smith’s Grand National.

The nine-year-old won the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park for the second year in succession in January, a race which was won by Hedgehunter and Numbersixvalverde prior to their respective Grand National successes.

O’Leary said: “It’s not a bad omen, is it? Sure, it would be helpful to see the ground softer, but if it doesn’t rain we’re not going to let that stop us enjoying ourselves.”

Preists Leap, who travels to Aintree today, was bought by owner John D O’Donohue in 2003 after his wife died from cancer.

“Shortly before she died, she told John he should have his own horse – he’d been part of syndicates before – so obviously the horse is very special to us,” O’Leary continued.

Preists Leap is as big as 66-1 with Ladbrokes and William Hill to taste Aintree glory on Saturday.

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