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112 entered for 2019 Randox Health Grand National

Press Release 30th January 2019 Aintree

Record Irish-trained contingent as 112 entered for 2019 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree – the world’s richest chase

The 2019 Randox Health Grand National has attracted a very strong entry of 112 horses – up from 104 in 2018 and 109 in 2017 – including a record 47 trained in Ireland – the previous highest number of Irish-trained entries was 40 in 2018.

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With a prize fund of £1 million, the world’s greatest chase is the most valuable Jump race in the world and takes place over four miles, two furlongs and 74 yards and 30 fences at Aintree at 5.15pm on Saturday, April 6, day three of the Randox Health Grand National Festival. This year sees the 172nd running of the great Aintree chase.

Irish trainer Gordon Elliott gained his second Randox Health Grand National victory in 2018 when Tiger Roll held on by a head from the fast-finishing Pleasant Company (Willie Mullins IRE).

Tiger Roll is 20/1 joint-favourite with Betway, the official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, as he bids to become the first horse since Red Rum in 1973-1974 to win back-to-back renewals.

County Meath-based Elliott, also successful with Silver Birch in 2007, is the trainer with most entries in 2019, with a total of 22 horses engaged. His contingent also contains last year’s third Bless The Wings (80/1), recent Thyestes Chase runner-up Alpha Des Obeaux (33/1), the 2018 Irish Grand National hero General Principle (33/1) and last season’s Thyestes Chase scorer Monbeg Notorious (50/1), plus G1 winners Outlander (50/1) and Shattered Love (40/1).

Two other ‘National’ winners among the Elliott-trained contingent are Out Sam (40/1), who took the Cork Grand National in October, and Jury Duty (40/1), successful in the G1 Grand National Hurdle at Far Hills, USA, in October.

Tiger Rolls’ owner, the Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary through his Gigginstown House Stud, has now won the Randox Health Grand National twice – his other victory came with Rule The World in 2016 – and he has 14 entries as he seeks a record-equalling third success this year.

In addition to Pleasant Company (33/1), Ireland’s multiple champion Jump trainer Willie Mullins has nine other contenders to choose from. These include last season’s Irish Grand National runner-up Isleofhopendreams (40/1), 2018 Leinster National winner Pairofbrowneyes (50/1) and Rathvinden (33/1), who landed the four-mile G2 National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2018.

Some Neck (40/1), a G2 winner this season, Thyestes Chase third Up For Review (40/1) and Total Recall (40/1), winner of the valuable Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury in 2017, also feature among the 10 entries from the County Carlow handler.

The most successful British current trainer in the Randox Health Grand National is Gloucestershire-based Nigel Twiston-Davies, who has won the great race twice, courtesy of Earth Summit (1998) and Bindaree (2002). Twiston-Davies is the best-represented British trainer in 2019 with nine entries. These are headed by Go Conquer (40/1), who put up a good performance to win the valuable Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster on January 26.

Twiston-Davies’ entries also include the high-class Bristol De Mai (50/1), successful in the latest two renewals of the G1 Betfair Chase at Haydock Park, as well as 2017 Randox Health Becher Chase winner Blaklion (40/1) and Ballyoptic (33/1), second in last season’s G3 Scottish Grand National.

Twiston-Davies said: “Go Conquer came out of the Sky Bet Chase well.

“It was a really good performance at Doncaster and we have always thought a lot of him.

“The ground was in his favour up there and the trip suited, so everything went well for him.

“Go Conquer jumps and stays well. He has been entered in the Grand National and I think that is something we will consider.

“Others who are under consideration for the Grand National include Blaklion, Ballyoptic and a few others."

The 2017 Randox Health Grand National went to One For Arthur (Lucinda Russell, 33/1), who became only the second winner of the Aintree spectacular to be trained in Scotland after Rubstic (1979). He missed last season and unseated Tom Scudamore on his seasonal reappearance in the G2 Betway Many Clouds Chase at Aintree on December and parted company with his Grand National-winning jockey Derek Fox last time out in the G2 Peter Marsh Handicap Chase at Haydock Park on January 19.

Kinross-based Russell, who trains the horse for the Two Gold Widows, reported: “One For Arthur is in good form.

“He has been fine since Haydock and he will either run again at Haydock in the Grand National Trial (February 16) or go to Kelso. We are yet to make a decision.

“Obviously, the long-term plan is to return to Aintree in April.”

The other Scottish-trained entry is Lake View Lad (Nick Alexander, 33/1), who has registered impressive successes this season for owner Trevor Hemmings in the Listed Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle and the G3 Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby.

Entries with proven form over the Grand National fences include Walk In The Mill (Robert Walford, 33/1), successful in the Becher Chase at Aintree on December 8 and an intended runner last year when getting in as third reserve only to be found lame on the day, and Ultragold (Colin Tizzard, 40/1), twice the winner of the Randox Health Topham Chase (2017 & 2018).

Ultragold’s trainer Colin Tizzard has five entries in total, with his quintet also including this season’s G3 Welsh National hero Elegant Escape, who was last seen when a closing second in the G2 BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham on January 26 and is Betway’s other 20/1 joint favourite.

More leading contenders include the Hemmings-owned Vintage Clouds (Sue Smith, 25/1), third in last season’s G3 Scottish Grand National behind Joe Farrell (Rebecca Curtis, 40/1), plus Rock The Kasbah (Philip Hobbs, 25/1), who captured a valuable G3 handicap chase at Cheltenham in November.

Hemmings, going after a record fourth Randox Health Grand National winner, could also be represented by a third entry Warriors Tale (Paul Nicholls, 33/1), the Betway Grand Sefton Chase winner over the Grand National fences in December.

Weights for the Randox Health Grand National are unveiled at the iconic Cunard Building in Liverpool on Tuesday, February 12, for the first time - the weights’ ceremony has previously been held in London.

The Randox Health Grand National is the only race for which senior BHA chase handicapper Martin Greenwood is able to deviate from official ratings in allotting weights. Greenwood is handicapping the Randox Health Grand National for the first time in 2019 following the retirement of Phil Smith, who officiated from 1999 to 2018.

John Baker, Managing Director at Aintree Racecourse, said today: “We are thrilled that the Randox Health Grand National has such a strong entry for its 172nd running at Aintree on April 6.

“The great race has attracted more entries that ever before from Ireland and it is a remarkable statistic that the record 47 Irish-trained horses amount to 42 per cent of the total entries this year.

“We are counting down until Tuesday, February 12, when the weights for the 2019 Randox Health Grand National will be revealed at that great Liverpool landmark, the Cunard Building.

“We have sold all Grandstands and Festival Zone tickets for Grand National Day, with only Steeplechase Enclosure tickets left.”

A maximum of 40 runners can take part in the 2019 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree Racecourse at 5.15pm on Saturday, April 6.

Randox Health Grand National, Betway Bet:

20/1 Tiger Roll, Elegant Escape

25/1 Vintage Clouds, Rock The Kasbah

33/1 Mall Dini, Rathvinden, Abolitionist, Valtor, Pleasant Company, Alpha des Obeaux, Vieux Lion Rouge, Step Back, Lake View Lad, Ballyoptic, Ms Parfois, Anibale Fly, Warriors Tale, General Principle, One For Arthur, Walk In The Mill

40/1 Go Conquer, Shattered Love, Isleofhopendreams, Folsom Blue, Joe Farrell, Jury Duty, Auvergnat, Fact of The Matter, Royal Vacation, Some Neck, The Young Master, Cogry, Total Recall, Ramses De Teillee, Allysson Monterg, Traffic Fluide, Acapella Bourgeois, Ultragold, Up For Review, Minella Rocco, Missed Approach, Out Sam, Impulsive Star, Noble Endeavor, Blaklion             

50/1 Baie Des Iles, Mr Diablo, Willie Boy, Monbeg Notorious, Outlander, Pairofbrowneyes, Bristol de Mai, Calett Mad, The Last Samuri, Daklondike, Don Poli, The Dutchman, Yala Enki, Singlefarmpayment, Give Me A Copper, Rogue Angel, Black Corton

66/1 Sandymount Duke, Kilcrea Vale, Shantou Village, Livelovelaugh, American, Sizing Codelco, Exitas, Edwulf, Ziga Boy, Dounikos, Sub Lieutenant, Tea For Two, Looking Well, Rathlin Rose, Magic of Light, Mala Beach, Captain Redbeard, Call It Magic, Master Dee, Milansbar, Blow By Blow, Morney Wing, Kingswell Theatre, Van Gogh du Granit, Ballyhill, Vieux Morvan, Ballydine, Ballyarthur, Ned Stark, Westerner Point

80/1 Regal Encore, Red Infantry, Splash of Ginge , Bless The Wings

100/1 A Toi Phil, Measureofmydreams, Polidam, Potters Corner, Lieutenant Colonel, Woods Well, Scoir Mear, Just A Par, Back To The Thatch, Jarob, Highland Lodge, Skipthecuddles, The Storyteller, Carole's Destrier, Borice, Valseur Lido

Randox Health Grand National

Grade 3 handicap chase, £1 million total prize fund. Aintree, 5.15pm Saturday, April 6, 2019. 4m 2f 74yds over the Grand National fences. For seven-year-olds and upwards who, up to and including March 19 have started in a steeple chase during the current season and been placed first, second, third or fourth in a steeple chase with an official distance description of' two miles seven and a half furlongs' or more at any time during the horse’s career, Horses must also be allotted a rating of 125 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 10. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at closing may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances up to and including February 10 would merit a minimum rating of 125. To qualify, horses must have run at least three times in chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Racing Authority up to and including February 10. At the Handicapper's discretion, such horses may be allocated a rating. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final. Entries closes January 29, entries revealed January 30 (112 entries), weights revealed February 12, first scratchings deadline February 26, second scratchings deadline March 19, five-day confirmations April 1, final declarations 10am April 4. Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.

Horse

Age

Owner

Trainer

A TOI PHIL (FR)

9

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

ABOLITIONIST (IRE)

11

M Albon, J A Provan & C E Stedman

Dr Richard Newland 

ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS (FR)

9

Slaneyville Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

ALLYSSON MONTERG (FR)

9

David Fox

Richard Hobson 

ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR)

9

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

AMERICAN (FR)

9

The Jago Family Partnership

Harry Fry 

ANIBALE FLY (FR)

9

J P McManus

Tony Martin IRE

AUVERGNAT (FR)

9

J P McManus

Enda Bolger IRE

BACK TO THE THATCH (IRE)

7

M R & Mrs C J Barnwell

Henry Daly 

BAIE DES ILES (FR)

8

Zorka Wentworth

Ross O'Sullivan IRE

BALLYARTHUR (IRE)

9

Graham and Alison Jelley

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

BALLYDINE (IRE)

9

Alan Halsall

Charlie Longsdon 

BALLYHILL (FR)

8

Simon Such & Gino Paletta

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

BALLYOPTIC (IRE)

9

Mills & Mason Partnership

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

BLACK CORTON (FR)

8

The Brooks, Stewart Families & Jeremy Kyle

Paul Nicholls 

BLAKLION

10

Simon Such & Gino Paletta

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

BLESS THE WINGS (IRE)

14

Adrian Butler/S P O'Connor

Gordon Elliott IRE

BLOW BY BLOW (IRE)

8

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

BORICE (FR)

8

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Gordon Elliott IRE

BRISTOL DE MAI (FR)

8

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

CALETT MAD (FR)

7

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

CALL IT MAGIC (IRE)

9

Zorka Wentworth

Ross O'Sullivan IRE

CAPTAIN REDBEARD (IRE)

10

Stuart Coltherd

Stuart Coltherd 

CAROLE'S DESTRIER

11

Mrs C Skipworth

Neil Mulholland 

COGRY

10

Graham and Alison Jelley

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

DAKLONDIKE (IRE)

7

Prof Caroline Tisdall

David Pipe 

DON POLI (IRE)

10

Gigginstown House Stud

 

Gordon Elliott IRE

DOUNIKOS (FR)

8

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

EDWULF

10

J P McManus

Joseph O'Brien IRE

ELEGANT ESCAPE (IRE)

7

J P Romans

Colin Tizzard 

EXITAS (IRE)

11

P Middleton & M Lowther

Phil Middleton 

FACT OF THE MATTER (IRE)

9

The Sandylini Racing Partnership

Jamie Snowden 

FOLSOM BLUE (IRE)

12

Core Partnership

Gordon Elliott IRE

GENERAL PRINCIPLE (IRE)

10

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

GIVE ME A COPPER (IRE)

9

Done, Ferguson, Kyle, Mason & Wood

Paul Nicholls 

GO CONQUER (IRE)

10

Paul & Clare Rooney

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE)

13

Cheveley Park Stud

James Moffatt 

IMPULSIVE STAR (IRE)

9

Robert Waley-Cohen & Men Holding

Neil Mulholland 

ISLEOFHOPENDREAMS

12

Kilbroney Racing

Willie Mullins IRE

JAROB

12

Chris Jones

Gearoid O'Loughlin IRE

JOE FARRELL (IRE)

10

M Sherwood, N Morris & R Curtis

Rebecca Curtis 

JURY DUTY (IRE)

8

Sideways Syndicate

Gordon Elliott IRE

JUST A PAR (IRE)

12

M Scott

James Moffatt 

KILCREA VALE (IRE)

9

Alan Spence

Nicky Henderson 

KINGSWELL THEATRE

10

John J Murray

Michael Scudamore 

LAKE VIEW LAD (IRE)

9

Trevor Hemmings

Nick Alexander 

LIEUTENANT COLONEL

10

G Thompson

Sophie Leech 

LIVELOVELAUGH (IRE)

9

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

LOOKING WELL (IRE)

10

David Wesley Yates

Nicky Richards 

MAGIC OF LIGHT (IRE)

8

Ann & Alan Potts Limited

Jessica Harrington IRE

MALA BEACH (IRE)

11

Chris Jones

Gordon Elliott IRE

MALL DINI (IRE)

9

Philip J Reynolds

Patrick Kelly IRE

MASTER DEE (IRE)

10

Paul & Clare Rooney

Fergal O'Brien 

MEASUREOFMYDREAMS (IRE)

11

T Howley Jnr/A J O'Ryan/D McDonnell

Gordon Elliott IRE

MILANSBAR (IRE)

12

Robert Bothway

Neil King 

MINELLA ROCCO (IRE)

9

J P McManus

Jonjo O'Neill 

MISSED APPROACH (IRE)

9

Alan & Andrew Turner

Warren Greatrex 

MONBEG NOTORIOUS (IRE)

8

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

MORNEY WING (IRE)

10

The Steeple Chasers

Charlie Mann 

MR DIABLO (IRE)

10

Aidan Glynn

Philip Dempsey IRE

MS PARFOIS (IRE)

8

M R Chapman

Anthony Honeyball 

NED STARK (IRE)

11

Noel Moran & Valerie Moran

Gordon Elliott IRE

NOBLE ENDEAVOR (IRE)

10

Chris Jones

Gordon Elliott IRE

ONE FOR ARTHUR (IRE)

10

Two Golf Widows

Lucinda Russell 

OUT SAM

10

D Charlesworth

Gordon Elliott IRE

OUTLANDER (IRE)

11

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

PAIROFBROWNEYES (IRE)

10

Fibbage Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE)

11

Malcolm Denmark

Willie Mullins IRE

POLIDAM (FR)

10

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Willie Mullins IRE

POTTERS CORNER (IRE)

9

All Stars Sports Racing & J Davies

Christian Williams 

RAMSES DE TEILLEE (FR)

7

John White & Anne Underhill

David Pipe 

RATHLIN ROSE (IRE)

11

Fergus Wilson

David Pipe 

RATHVINDEN (IRE)

11

Ronnie Bartlett

Willie Mullins IRE

RED INFANTRY (IRE)

9

Rob Little

Ian Williams 

REGAL ENCORE (IRE)

11

J P McManus

Anthony Honeyball 

ROCK THE KASBAH (IRE)

9

Diana Whateley

Philip Hobbs 

ROGUE ANGEL (IRE)

11

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

ROYAL VACATION (IRE)

9

Jean Bishop

Colin Tizzard 

SANDYMOUNT DUKE (IRE)

10

Ronnie Wood

Jessica Harrington IRE

SCOIR MEAR (IRE)

9

J P McManus

Thomas Mullins IRE

SHANTOU VILLAGE (IRE)

9

Mrs Jane Gerard-Pearse

Neil Mulholland 

SHATTERED LOVE (IRE)

8

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

SINGLEFARMPAYMENT

9

N T Griffith & H M Haddock

Tom George 

SIZING CODELCO (IRE)

10

Ann & Alan Potts Limited

Colin Tizzard 

SKIPTHECUDDLES (IRE)

8

TyroneForSam

Graeme McPherson 

SOME NECK (FR)

8

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

SPLASH OF GINGE

11

John Neild

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

STEP BACK (IRE)

9

Cracker and Smodge Partnership

Mark Bradstock 

SUB LIEUTENANT (IRE)

10

Gigginstown House Stud

Henry de Bromhead IRE

TEA FOR TWO

10

Jane Williams & Len Jakeman

Jane Williams 

THE DUTCHMAN (IRE)

9

SprayClad UK

Colin Tizzard 

THE LAST SAMURI (IRE)

11

Paul & Clare Rooney

Harry Fry 

THE STORYTELLER (IRE)

8

Mrs Pat Sloan

Gordon Elliott IRE

THE YOUNG MASTER

10

Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters

Neil Mulholland 

TIGER ROLL (IRE)

9

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

TOTAL RECALL (IRE)

10

Slaneyville Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

TRAFFIC FLUIDE (FR)

9

Galloping On The South Downs Partnership

Gary Moore 

ULTRAGOLD (FR)

11

Brocade Racing J P Romans Terry Warner

Colin Tizzard 

UP FOR REVIEW (IRE)

10

Andrea & Graham Wylie

Willie Mullins IRE

VALSEUR LIDO (FR)

10

Gigginstown House Stud

Henry de Bromhead IRE

VALTOR (FR)

10

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson 

VAN GOGH DU GRANIT (FR)

10

Fergus Wilson

David Pipe 

VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR)

10

Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent

David Pipe 

VIEUX MORVAN (FR)

10

M L Bloodstock Limited

Joseph O'Brien IRE

VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE)

9

Trevor Hemmings

Sue Smith 

WALK IN THE MILL (FR)

9

Baroness Harding

Robert Walford 

WARRIORS TALE

10

Trevor Hemmings

Paul Nicholls 

WESTERNER POINT (IRE)

10

Thade Quill Syndicate

Eoghan O'Grady IRE

WILLIE BOY (IRE)

8

Kate & Andrew Brooks

Charlie Longsdon 

WOODS WELL (IRE)

8

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

YALA ENKI (FR)

9

Hills of Ledbury (Aga)

Venetia Williams 

ZIGA BOY (FR)

10

Axom LI

Alan King 

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