Jockey Aidan Coleman has played down Mon Mome’s shocking display at Haydock Park last week and insists that another crack at the Grand National remains on the cards.
Mon Mome, 33/1 with bet365, won the Aintree showpiece in 2009 and is poised for another bid for glory, with Coleman admitting that the Venetia Williams charge needs soft ground to be at his best.
“All his best form is on good to soft and soft and I wouldn’t read anything into that performance (at Haydock), apart from that he hates heavy, bottomless ground,” Coleman said.
“I think he’ll have one more race, maybe over hurdles, and then all roads lead to Aintree.”
Coleman’s optimism is partly based on an impressive showing at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, when Mon Mome finished second behind Mostly Bob.