The 20 times champion jockey rode 10-1 shot Don’t Push It to victory in the colours of JP McManus in 2010 and believes the green and gold silks could triumph again this year in the shape of More of That or Cause Of Causes.
When pushed to pick between the pair Sir AP said: ‘More Of That ran in the Gold Cup and at some point he will come back to life. If I had a ride I’d settle for Cause Of Causes or More Of That – I would like to ride both of them, but More Of That has a bit of class.’
And another horse that Sir AP believes has a touch of class is Saphir Du Rheu trained by Paul Nicholls, who can land the trainer’s championship with a Grand National win. Sir AP said: ‘Saphir Du Rheu is quite well handicapped on his Gold Cup run and he has a load of class.
‘For a jockey the Grand National can be a career-changing race if you are lucky enough to win it.
‘My greatest Grand National moment for certain was winning the race on Don’t Push It. I was very lucky, because I won the Grand National I went on to win the Sports Personality of the year and if I hadn’t won the Grand National I wouldn’t have won that.
‘It is the most famous horserace in the world with an audience of 600 million watching it around the planet. That makes it very special indeed, but it’s a race you need a bit of luck in and it took me 15 attempts to win it.
‘Look at last year’s winner Rule The World at 33/1 and before that Auroras Encore at 66/1 and Mon Mome at 100-1 and they are all in the last eight years – with a couple more at 25s and 33s in the last five years.
‘It’s the 40th anniversary of Red Rum’s third win in the race, but I am not sure a horse will ever do what Red Rum did. It will be very hard to find another triple winner.
‘My earliest memory of the race was when I was about 11 and my granny backed Last Suspect to win in 1985 at 50-1.’
Sir AP revealed that down the years he had a couple that got away and how he felt Blowing Wind in 2001 was travelling like a winner until he was unseated and four years later Clan Royal was going strong only to be carried out of the race at Becher’s Brook in 2005 when Hedgehunter won at 7-1.
Sir AP said: ‘I thought Blowing Wind was going to win the year Red Marauder won the race. When he went past the winning post the first time I thought he was definitely going to win and Clan Royal had every chance of winning when he was carried out.
‘So when Don’t Push It was going well I knew what had happened before, so I only knew I was going to win when I got to the elbow. It’s then that you hope you have enough to get home and nothing is going to get past you.
‘For a jockey the Grand National is nervous excitement rather than nerves. There are such a lot of people there and there are not many horseraces that you notice such a huge crowd at the start.
‘It’s an amazing race and a lot more horse friendly now with changes to the fences.’