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banner Tuesday, 4 April, 2000, 17:35 GMT 18:35 UK
Young Kenny chases dream

Young Kenny - "a good-class stayer" - in full flight
Hotly-tipped Young Kenny will shoulder top weight when he goes after victory in the Grand National, despite a disappointing run-in to the Aintree event.

He earned his 12st weight with victories last season in the Greenalls Grand National Trial, the Midlands Grand National and the Scottish Grand National.

But he disappointed this year at Chepstow and Haydock, which was his latest start.

The horse didn't run until he was five. He always looked a late-maturing type - a good-class chasing type that needed time

Peter Beaumont, trainer

The bay has a good reputation for surprises, nowhere more than in his producing his first victory in May 1996 at Cartmel in the Lake District.

Trainer Peter Beaumont said: "I don't know how he won at Cartmel.

"First time round he was going to pull up, second time he got a bit interested and third time he won."

Young Kenny was foaled at Beaumont's Foulrice Farm near Brandsby, York.

"The horse didn't run until he was five. He always looked a late-maturing type - a good-class chasing type that needed time," he said.

Young Kenny has also shown that he can bounce back from adversity, having recovered from an operation to have a bone chip removed three years ago.

"He's a nice, steady type who doesn't get too hyped up," said Beaumont.

His best form has been on heavy going, but it would take some doing to carry 12st round Aintree on the heavy

Brendan Powell, jockey

The trainer has already had one major career success, when Jodami won the 1993 Cheltenham Gold Cup, but he would dearly love to fulfil the dream of winning the Grand National.

"Young Kenny and Jodami, two different types really. Jodami was a classy three-mile to three-and-a-quarter-miler whereas Young Kenny is a good-class stayer," he said.

"But they are similar types in temperament."

Young Kenny's jockey Brendan Powell returns from a career-threatening injury sustained at Newton Abbot in November, when he broke ribs and punctured a lung.

"Hopefully he'll run a big race. In an ideal world we could do with some rain," said the jockey.

"His best form has been on heavy going, but it would take some doing to carry 12st round Aintree on the heavy."

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