Jimmy Frost speaks about Aintree and how awed he is of the historical place.
5th March 2012
I am simply awed by Aintree, that’s probably the best way to describe it. Every time you walk back in, there’s a history and grandeur to the place. To win the John Smith’s Grand National is what everyone in racing dreams of, it’s everyone’s ambition, everyone’s goal and it’s just enormous. I have such amazing memories of the place and they all come flooding back when I return. To be part of that illustrious club of Grand National winners is such a privilege and you feel very lucky. It’s a day that changes your life forever.
Saying that, I suspect that riding against Mick Kinane will make me look like a farmer! Last year after the Legends race I was knackered! I hadn’t ridden at Aintree since 1993 (winning on a horse called Spinning I of Ian Balding’s) and it all happened so quick, my legs got tired and I was pretty relieved when it was over.
I hear Carl Llewellyn is walking to the pub instead of driving for his training this year so I shall go one better than him and cycle there and only have a half!
Seriously, I am going to try and get fitter though so have put my stirrups up for riding out which will help make my legs a bit stronger. I can’t wait to be back there again with all those old faces and with Richard Pitman in the line up this year, at least I’ve got someone to hack round at the back with and have a chat to!
My tip for the John Smith’s Grand National is Calgary Bay – he’s an ideal horse for the race – big, with a nice weight and handles quick ground.