Peter Bowen set to have two runners in Grand National at Aintree
Last Updated: February 22, 2013 10:48am
Always Waining: Heading for the John Smith's Grand National
Peter Bowen could be double handed in the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree on April 6.
Aintree specialist Always Waining remains on course for the great race after becoming the first triple winner of the John Smith's Topham Chase over the famous Grand National fences in 2012.
He had first run since April last year in a three-mile handicap chase at Doncaster earlier this week, coming home seventh, and Bowen is now looking to get at least one more run into his charge before Aintree.
"Always Waining is on course for the John Smith's Grand National. We were pleased enough with his run at Doncaster as he always needs his first run of the season," he said.
"We will definitely be looking to get another run into him before the National and he might even have two runs, but I don't know where yet.
"I am happy enough with the weight he has been given for the National as he needed that to get in really. You're always in the dark about whether a horse will get the trip in the National but you have to try, and when he's won the Topham, he looks as if he could go round again."
Bowen could also be represented by Mumbles Head, who sits 57th on the list of entries with 10st 2lb.
The lightly-raced 12-year-old has failed to complete on his last two starts, including at Aintree when falling in the Betfred Becher Handicap Chase in December, but had previously won three of his five starts over fences headed by a nine-length success in the Perth Gold Cup in June.
Bowen added: "If Mumbles Head gets in, we would be looking to run him as well. He hasn't run for a while and we will also be looking to get a run into him between now and Aintree."