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Grand National - Racing: Cobden confident of Aintree glory

Harry Cobden is confident that Lostintranslation can reproduce his best form in Saturday's Randox Grand National at Aintree.

Cobden was due to ride Highland Hunter but a late setback resulted in withdrawal and has therefore freed him up to jump aboard the dual Grade 1 winner, who is 100/1 to win the National, which you can follow on our Sports Live Streaming hub.

Cobden upbeat ahead of Aintree trip

Following wind surgery in summer, the Colin Tizzard-trained 10-year-old made a winning return to action when landing the Grade 2 Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase at Ascot in November.

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However, he has not been able to build on that as he finished fifth in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day and was pulled up in the Ascot Chase in February.

In his latest outing, Lostintranslation came home eighth in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last month.

No worries for National runner

Speaking about his National ride, Cobden said: "Lostintranslation has had a few problems in the past, but if you look back he has often come good later on in the season. He has won a Grade 1 at Aintree before as a novice chaser and I think he is more of a spring horse.

"On his day he is high class and there are plenty of others in there I would put behind him if I was going to get a spare ride in the race.

"I've only ridden him once on heavy ground at Haydock, but I've schooled him loads in the past and I know him quite well. I don't think the extended four and a quarter mile trip should be a problem as the year he finished third in the Gold Cup it looked like he would win over the second last. If he turns up and reproduces a bit of his best form he will run well."

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