She said, 'I take great exception to CNP's blinkered
and pedantic stance on Bluestone.
Interestingly, the last-named pair were both trained by Martin Pipe, who has also had success with the blinkered Or Royal and Challenger du Luc.
Two of his four Festival winners have come in the four-mile NH Chase and both were blinkered.
TRAINERS will continue to be able to fit their horses with headgear in the Martell Grand National, despite the pile-up caused by the blinkered Paddy's Return last year.
Aintree spokesman Nigel Payne, part-owner of Earth Summit, who was blinkered when he won the 1998 National, said: "There was a fair amount of liaison between us and trainers and it was agreed to leave them on.
The part played by the blinkered
Paddy's Return in the Canal Turn pile-up, and the fact that Edmond, also fitted with the headgear, impeded Blowing Wind and Papillon, is to be highlighted by the RSPCA.
Brian Meehan's filly is dropped to plating company and blinkered
for the first time, and has shown enough ability to win this.
Besides Escartefigue, trainer Paul Nicholls is represented by the novice Arlas, who is also blinkered
, while Alan King relies on Spendid and Mulligan.
Upham Lord is blinkered
for the first time in the Wedding Licence Handicap Hurdle (4.
The Risk Me gelding, unable to challenge when blinkered
for the first time at York last week, proved too strong for Fallachan under Willie Ryan and may be rested in the autumn with a possible tilt at next year's Lincoln the long-term plan if the ground is fast.