Oscar Time is ready for return to Aintree

Sam and Robert Waley-Cohen will team-up again at Saturday's Crabbie's Grand National
Sam and Robert Waley-Cohen will team-up again at Saturday's Crabbie's Grand National

One year after winning at the Mollington point-to-point meeting, Oscar Time will line-up in Saturday’s Crabbie’s Grand National.

Robert Waley-Cohen’s 14-year-old chaser has a proud record in the big race at Aintree, having been runner-up to Ballabriggs in 2011 and fourth behind Auroras Encore two years later when trained by Martin Lynch.

Following his last run at Aintree in 2013 it looked as though his National Hunt racing career may be over following an injury. But he was nursed back to health at the Waley-Cohen’s yard near Edgehill and came back to win a point-to-point and two hunter chases in May.

That first win came at the North Warwickshire Hunt point-to-point fixture at Mollington, where racegoers at Saturday’s renewal will be able to see the 2014 Confined winner line-up in the Grand National on the big screen at the course.

And there would be huge cheers if Oscar Time gave connections another memorable day at Aintree.

Oscar Time returned to Aintree in November to win the Becher Chase with regular pilot Sam Waley-Cohen in the plate. In January he finished fourth at Doncaster but connections will be more confident of another good run at Liverpool.