Duo to vie for winning post

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TWO Ryedale horses are in the running at tomorrow’s Grand National.

Character Building and King Fontaine, both based in Norton, near Malton, are preparing for the world famous four-and-a-half mile steeplechase at Aintree.

Trainer John Quinn is keeping his fingers crossed that Character Building, a 25-1 shot, can better last season’s 7th place with the help of female jockey Nina Carberry.

Malcolm Jefferson, who returns to the Grand National for the first time since 2009, is hoping King Fontaine, which will be ridden by Denis O’Regan, provides good value for money at 66-1.

King Fontaine, in its second season at Newstead Cottage Stables, Norton, has had four runs this year, winning the first two.

l More on this story, plus Pinsticker’s Guide, the National runners and other racecards on pages 35-37.