The Nicky Henderson-trained Triolo D’Allene might not have lived up to expectations in the recent thrilling renewal of the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup but connections remain optimistic that the progressive staying chaser will give a very good account of himself at Aintree on April 5 in the £1 million Crabbie’s Grand National.
Along with stable star and defending champion Bobs Worth, Triolo D’Allene failed to make the frame in the blue riband contest, and while there was no hiding the disappointment on the faces of the connections of the former champion, owner Sandy Orr was far from discouraged by his horse’s 10th place finish behind shock Irish-trained winner Lord Windermere, reasoning that his horse had taken a very heft bump at the second last fence when already under pressure.
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With his chance clearly gone having been cannoned into by both the runner-up On His Own and the eventual third The Giant Bolster, Tony McCoy understandably did not unduly punish the well supported 10/1 shot in the closing stages, mindful, no doubt, of his appointment at Aintree three weeks later.
Prior to his Gold Cup run the French bred gelding had been very much on the up-and-up and looked one to keep very much on the right side having followed a promising seasonal return in a hot handicap at Ascot in early-November with a tremendous effort at Newbury four weeks later, powering home after the final fence to draw away from the classy Rocky Creek and land the coveted Hennessy Gold Cup by two-and-three-quarter-lengths from the Paul Nicholls-trained runner-up.
Ideally suited by a galloping track and decent ground, Triolo D’Alene has been allotted 11st 6lbs in the Grand National weights and is currently a solid 20/1 shot. If his Cheltenham exertions haven’t taken too much out of him he could very well give supporters a serious run for their money if he takes to the awesome Aintree fences.