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The Market Rasen Mail tip for the Grand National is Always Waining! But a topical tip for Easter Day was missed!

Gone to Post writes:

An Aintree history maker with a strong Market Rasen background will be among the well fancied horses for this Saturday’s Grand National at Aintree.

The 12 year old ‘Always Waining’ is quite a veteran and you have to go back to 2008 to note he won one of the big races at the September Equinox meeting at Market Rasen.

In 2010, 2011 and 2012 the horse won the Topham Trophy Chase at Aintree, the only three-time winner of the second biggest race on the card at the Grand National meeting.

‘Always Waining’ was quoted at 20-1 at the weekend, so clearly he has a chance of using his experience over the giant Aintree fences - and from over the Rasen fences for that matter - to take him to what would be the best win of his career.

The only doubt must be his stamina over the much longer Aintree event.

‘Always Waining’ is trained by Peter Bowen in Pembrokeshire, but despite the 250 miles between stables and course, Bowen is well known and held in high regard at Market Rasen.

He has a fantastic record at the big summer jump meetings locally in July and September.

Bowen has another runner in the National in 100-1 outsider ‘Mumbles Head’.

Meanwhile, ‘Rise to Glory’ was tipped in Caistor Church before the Easter Day Service.

The quiet tip off in the pew to the Market Rasen Mail’s racing correspondent was given by trainer Shaun Harris’s mum Pat, a member of the choir at St Peter and St. Paul’s.

Moments later, the congregation were singing on the same theme while the words ‘rise and glory’ were naturally very much a part of vicar the Rev Canon Ian Robinson’s sermon.

What a topical tip - and it was missed!

Last week the Mail reported the horse had given Market Rasen jockey Duran Fentiman his first winner of the 2013 season on the all weather at Wolverhampton.

A week later and horse and rider teamed up again over seven furlongs at Musselburgh to give Fentiman his first ‘turf’ season winner of 2013.

Despite the horse clearly being the topical tip of the day, neither Mrs Harris or your scribe had time to get a bet on!

Frustratingly the fancy of the day romped home at 14-1!