Ian Williams considering Aintree for Gas Line Boy


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Trainer Ian Williams has confirmed he is pondering another run in the Randox Health Grand National for Gas Line Boy after his performance at Sandown on Saturday.

Gas Line Boy finished fifth last year at Aintree in the Grand National and many expected that to be his last run in the famous race.

The 12-year-old returned after a six-month break in October last year but he fell at Aintree on his seasonal reappearance.

He looked like going on to win the race but Williams watched him make amends as he bounced back with a win over the National Fences in the Grand Sefton Chase in December Gas Line Boy was back in action at Sandown last weekend and he finished third behind Buywise and Pete the Feat and Williams is now considering his options.

He told reporters: “He ran a great race and I don’t think Sandown plays to his strengths.

“He will certainly not go to Cheltenham in March. He will probably go to a veterans’ race and then, depending on the ground, he will either run in the Topham or the National.

“He handled the two-mile-five so well in the Grand Sefton and we would have to consider the Topham if the ground was slow.

He continues to give his owners an enormous amount of fun.”

Gas Line Boy is priced at 26.00 to win the National but he will need to dig deep to beat current ante-post favourite Blaklion who is 13.00 to win in April.

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