Karlos ready for Grand National

Could this be the year Karlos achieves the ultimate result for Roger and Sheryl McGlade?

Sheryl McGlade prepared Karlos’ dam, Just Jojo, to win the 1996 Grand National Steeplechase, and it was also on the Riccarton track that Krona, Karlos’ sire, achieved his best result when taking the 1988 Gr.1 2000 Guineas for Roger McGlade.

Now the McGlades are looking to Karlos to land one of the major prizes at Riccarton, next Saturday’s $70,000 Grand National Steeplechase. And judging by his performance in a nail-biting win in today’s NZI Koral Steeplechase, the McGlade dream could become a reality.

Sheryl McGlade acknowledges that it would be “something special” for a mother and son to both win the Grand National Steeplechase.

“There’s not much of him, but he’s all heart,” she said proudly as she watched Karlos and Cambridge rider Aaron Kuru return to the winner’s enclosure.

Karlos attempted to win the Grand National Steeplechase for the McGlades two years ago after finishing second in the Koral Steeplechase on the first day, but he had to settle for third to Counter Punch in the big one.

Karlos was off the winner’s list for 26 months until breaking through for an overdue win in the race sponsored by his trainers, the Roger and Sheryl McGlade Racing Steeplechase, at Te Aroha on July 15 and now he has won two in a row.

It was a brave effort by Karlos today to fend off a determined bid by the topweight Tobouggie Nights in a desperate finish to score by a half-head.