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Venetia Williams after second Grand National win

Venetia Williams
Williams is the second female trainer to win the Grand National

Cornwall-born trainer Venetia Williams has said her Grand National winner Mon Mome faces a tough ask to repeat the feat this year.

Mon Mome, who was the 100-1 winner of the Aintree race last April, also finished third at the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.

"It's obviously going to be tough for him," Williams told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"The handicapper has put him up 7lbs and he's dropped in the ratings of those that finished behind him."

"But at the same time there is only just a stone range in the weights of the race," she added.

No horse has won the Grand National back-to-back since Red Rum in 1974, and consequently Williams knows the scale of the task in front of her.

She said: "I think this is a question that has been posed to every Grand National winning trainer for the last 20 years.

"It's another day, another situation, and he's got a lot on his plate.

"But you'd like to think after what he did last year that he'll be competitive and hopefully he'll give a good account again."

Williams, who was born in Scorrier, now has her stables at Aramstone in Herefordshire.

And whilst Mon Mome is undoubtedly the star attraction, Williams is set to send a second horse, Flintoff, to the Aintree classic.

Liam Treadwell rides Mon Mome to victory in the 2009 Grand National

Archive - Outsider Mon Mome wins National

The horse is part-owned by former England cricket international Andrew Flintoff, who Williams revealed will be at the course on Saturday.

She said: "He [Flintoff] just scraped into the race at the bottom of the weights.

"He's [Andrew] going to be coming over to watch him. He spends most of his days in Dubai at the moment, and he'll be coming over on the morning of the Race.

"Flintoff is a very different sort of horse to Mon Mome.

"He needs plenty of cajoling and driving and it'll be his first sighting of these Grand National fences so it'll be new to him as well."



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