ORCADIAN is running on Grand National day at Liverpool tomorrow in a Listed Handicap Hurdle over 2 miles. He has been aimed at this since his fluent victory at Newbury. He missed Cheltenham so that he would be a fresh horse for this race. The flat track at Liverpool should suit him well. There is a slight worry with the ground as he has done most of his racing on a softer surface but they have done an excellent job watering the course for this meeting so far. He ran well on good ground at Kempton earlier in the season so hopefully it won’t inconvenience him. On paper the main danger appears to be Princelet who beat him on his first run of the season over hurdles at Kempton. ORCADIAN has improved since then but he is 4 pounds worse off with him at the weights tomorrow. The horse is in great form and James Eustace is very hopeful that he will run a big race.
The editor has been away for the beginning of the flat turf season but James Eustace has only had 2 runners, HOT CHERRY and DICTATRIX. There are several more horses ready to run but they are waiting for some rain. Amongst those waiting for the weather to change is AT THE MONEY who is entered over hurdles at Cheltenham on Thursday. He definitely won’t run though if there is no rain between now and then.