Sligo jockey Fox to ride in Grand National

Sligo jockey Derek Fox looks set to take to the saddle for the 2022 Aintree Grand National.

Fox, a 2017 Grand National winner aboard One For Arthur, will ride Mighty Thunder for trainer Lucinda Russell at 5.15pm on Saturday evening.

Fox has enjoyed a strong opening to 2022 which included victory in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in mid-March.

As well as Mighty Thunder at the Grand National on Saturday, Emmet Place native Fox will race in the Mildmay Novices’ Chase on Ahoy Senor and Haute Estime for the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle on Friday afternoon.

The Fox Family are no strangers to horse racing success, Derek’s cousin Steven Fox came third in the Scottish Grand National in 2016 and his uncle Luke McNiff came second in the Irish Grand National the year before that.