Carl Llewellyn tempted to ride in 2008 Grand National

  • Dual Grand National winner Carl Llewellyn looks set to make a comeback to steeplechase riding — in this year’s Grand National.

    Although he has not yet decided whether he will definitely be competing there is a distinct possibility that he will make a one off return to jump race-riding and ride in the race for Nigel Twiston-Davies.

    National hunt jockey-turned-trainer Carl was the retained rider for Mr Twiston-Davies for many years and the partnership have celebrated much success— including a Grand National win with Earth Summit in 1998.

    Carl, who has not ridden competitively over jumps since last spring, told H&H: “Nigel asked me and I said I would consider it. I don’t know who I would be riding yet though.”

    Nigel Twiston-Davies has eight runners entered into the race including Fundamentalist, Ollie Magern and Knowhere — who recently won impressively at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day.

    The partnership also took the Welsh National in 2003 with Bindaree.

    As well as the 1998 win with Earth Summit, Carl also won the race in 1992 on Party Politics — making him one of only two current jockeys, along with Ruby Walsh, to have won the prestigious race on more than one occasion.

    Carl told H&H: “The reason I want to ride in it is because I want to win it again. It is a fantastic feeling, a massive adrenaline rush — I love every second of it.”

    You may like...