DARYL JACOB wants Bristol De Mai to realise his Grand National dream after he secured a Betfair Chase hat-trick at Haydock.
Bristol De Mai had to fight off Sir Alex Ferguson’s Clans Des Obeaux on the home straight and claimed his third win in the chase.
And afterwards an emotional Jacobs set his sights on Aintree in 2021.
He said: “He’s always at his best on a left-handed, flat track.
“The Gold Cup didn’t work out for him last year, but that was probably half my fault as I was half thinking of the National then.
“We didn’t get to go to Aintree last year for obvious reasons so I’d love a crack this year, I’d love to see him in it.
“His jumping is always very good, and he’s willing and brave when you need him to be.
“He’s nine, rising ten now so if there’s going to be a year to go for it it’ll be this year.”
After finishing well clear of favourite and defending champion Lostintranslation in third Jacbs heaped praise on Nigel Twiston-Davies’ gutsy grey.
“He’s just such a wonderful horse, he really is.
“This win is very special. You need horses like this to bring you the good days, especially how things are at the moment.
“We’ve all had a difficult few months and this horse means the world.
“People like to write him off but I never have, he’s done wonders for my career.
“The more the rain came today, the happier I was. I text the owners Isaac Souede and Simon Munir that I’d never been happier to ride in the rain.”
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