Mystic Strike leads a strong field in Saturday's Grand National
- April 14, 2021
- By SARA CAVANAGH
BUTLER, Md.--Mystic Strike, who slipped and fell on a turn in My Lady's Manor on April 10, leads a very competitive nine horse field in the $30,000, 3 mile Grand National Timber Stakes on Saturday, April 17.
Upland Partners' Mystic Strike, who is trained by Todd McKenna and will be ridden by Chris Gracie, has six wins from 13 starts over timber, including twice winning the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup in 2019 and 2020 and My Lady's Manor in 2019.
This will be Mystic Strike's first trip to the Grand National, and he faces two horses that have started over the challenging course, among them Hill Tie, who finished third in the Allowance race there as well as fifth in the 2019 Stakes.
Owned by Sportsmans Hall and trained by Joe Davies, Hill Tie will be ridden by Teddy Davies, but he is also cross entered in the $15,000 Benjamin H. Murray Allowance race.
Hill Tie, who has run five times over timber, has one win, one second and one third and also has run in the Maryland Hunt Cup, in which he finished fifth in 2019.