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Great response from trainers as 2019 weights for £1-million Randox Health Grand National revealed

Press Release 12th February 2019 Aintree

Weights revealed for 2019 Randox Health Grand National and most trainers pleased

 

The weights for the 2019 £1-million Randox Health Grand National were revealed at the historic Cunard Building in Liverpool today, Tuesday, February 12.

 

Rose Paterson, Chairman of Aintree Racecourse, got proceedings underway. She said: "I would like to start by thanking all the trainers here - I think a record 21 - for supporting our event.

 

"We did ask ourselves if going ahead at this extremely difficult time for British horseracing was the right thing to do and you gave us your emphatic endorsement. Thank you for that. While our thoughts are with you, your staff, your owners and your horses, it is wonderful news for us all that racing will start again tomorrow. 

 

"I would also like to thank Nick Rust at the BHA and all of our friends in the press and media for their advice and encouragement in the past few days. I feel the least we can do in the circumstances is give you a good lunch!

 

"Welcome to the launch of the 2019 Randox Health Grand National and the great city of Liverpool. A hundred years ago, the National returned to Liverpool after being staged at Gatwick during the First World War - pre drones of course!

 

"The 1919 winner was Poethlyn, which is Welsh for brandy, so I hope that is a cheering thought even though it sounds quite disgusting.

 

"After 42 years in London, we thought it was right to bring the weights event back to its rightful home and I hope you agree.

 

"I would like to thank our immensely generous sponsor, Randox Health, now in their third year after two hugely successful and enjoyable Festivals. We really appreciate your support and look forward to another thrilling three days together in April.

 

"Secondly, I would like to thank our broadcast partners, ITV Racing. They have done a superb a job for us and our sport over the past two years, culminating in a BAFTA Award for their coverage of the 2017 Randox Health Grand National Festival.

 

"Last year's programme was epitomised by a spine-chilling opening feature, voiced by the late great Hugh McIlvanney. Hugh was a great friend to Aintree and to racing. He transcended our sport with his words and will be inducted into the Aintree Hall of Fame on Grand National Day to join the distinguished list of Aintree legends - several of whom are in this room. I am delighted that Hugh's wife Caroline will be joining us.

 

"We have no less than 112 really classy entries in this year's race, including a record 47 trained in Ireland - not all of them by Gordon Elliott! We know we are in for a terrific contest and we welcome Martin Greenwood as the new BHA Chase handicapping team leader. I look forward to the lively discussion of his handiwork this afternoon.

 

"I would like to thank Marketing Liverpool and Signature Living for all their help in putting on today's event. Finally, thank you all for being here and for being such an important part of the world's greatest chase. I look forward to seeing you all again in April."

 

Colonel Mark Campbell, Senior Manager at Randox Health, commented: "Our sponsorship has been fantastic.

 

"600 million people across the world watch this race, so it offers the unique opportunity to link our brand with a truly global sporting event.

 

"We have a fantastic relationship with the team at Aintree and The Jockey Club.

 

"The Grand National is the highlight of the year and we have been truly stunned by the hospitality of the people of Liverpool. We are so proud to be part of this iconic race in this iconic city."

 

Sam Quek MBE, who formed part of the Gold Medal-winning British hockey team at the 2012 Olympics in London, is an Aintree Ambassador.

 

She explained the importance of the Randox Health Grand National to Liverpool: "For me, the Grand National means so much to the people of Liverpool.

 

"I remember growing up, even at the age when I wasn't old enough to have a clue what was going on, that the Grand National was all about bringing the family together.

 

"My mum is a Scouse, but my dad is originally from Singapore and across them I have about 17 aunts and uncles so you can imagine how many cousins I have. We all used to squeeze into one front room, pick our horses and watch the National.

 

"It is so exciting to be part of it now." 

 

Martin Greenwood is the senior chasing handicapper for the British Horseracing Authority and took over responsibility for deciding the weights for the Randox Health Grand National from Phil Smith who retired last year after 20 years doing the job,

 

Greenwood, who has total discretion in deciding the weights for this race only, has grey Bristol De Mai as top-weight with 11st 10lb, but lowered the horses rating to 168 from 173 to do so.    

 

He said: "It's been really interesting doing the weights this year. It has been an honour and a privilege for someone who has loved National Hunt racing all his life to take it on after Phil Smith.

 

"The amount of horses weighted 11st or higher is down on previous years, but on the positive side, we have a lot more horses who are rated 150-plus.

 

"I think it is an excellent renewal and there are plenty of top-class handicappers in there.

 

"Tiger Roll went up 9lb last year for his win in the Grand National last year when idling out in front arguably. He confirmed that rating in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in November, with the Cross Country fences having an increasing input into the Grand National.

 

"Pleasant Company ran a stormer in the Grand National last year and, in the two races so far this term, I don't think he has shown form anywhere near that, but I feel being back at Aintree will suit him.

 

"The hardest horse to rate was Enda Bolger's Auvergnat. He has run mainly in Cross Country races and won races in that sphere over Josies Orders at Punchestown last year.

 

"I had a big decision to make on his rating as he is rated 158 in Cross Country races, 145 as a regulation chaser and I put him somewhere in the middle at 152.

 

"The Cross Country races are becoming more and more significant with a bigger input to the Grand National.

 

"There are several interesting horses who has been keeping their identities quiet so to speak. Abolitionist won on his debut over hurdles for Dr Richard Newland at Aintree and would need to run in a chase to qualify - he has until March to do that.

 

"Given the trainer's excellent record in the race, he is of interest, while Elegant Escape, who is one of the favourites for the race, won the Welsh National and finished a good second at Cheltenham to Frodon last time out."

 

Jonjo O'Neill, responsible for Minella Rocco (10st 11lb), sent out Don't Push It to victory in 2010.

 

The Gloucestershire-based trainer said: "The plan with Minella Rocco in the long-term is the Randox Health Grand National. Aintree was the plan for him last year, but the ground just went against him.

 

"He had a hiccup earlier on in the season and that had also prevented us from running him. He returned at Cheltenham the other week and we are also hoping to run him at Ascot on Saturday, but we're still not sure about the injections (flu), so we'll have to wait and see if that will happen or not. 

 

"After that, we would hopefully like to go to Aintree. I was a bit disappointed with Minella Rocco's first run back. He ran and jumped OK for a while, but he was well back. He hadn't run for a long time, has had a few injuries and he'll need a few runs to get him back where he needs to be."

 

Warren Greatrex, the Lambourn trainer, reported: "Missed Approach (10st 1lb) is in good form. Regarding his next run, he is in the Eider Chase next week, but I would say the target with him is going to be the Premier Chase at Kelso on March 2.

 

"He ran well in the Becher (sixth on December 8 over the Grand National fences at Aintree) and we have saved him until the weights have come out.

 

"We are happy with the weight he has got and now we'll get him prepared for Aintree in April.

 

"I was very pleased with his run in the Becher where he finished a creditable sixth. He missed the break that day which didn't help, but he jumped very nicely throughout.

 

"In terms of being a Grand National type, he ticks all the boxes. He jumps from fence to fence and has a lot of the attributes you would need for a Grand National horse."

 

Isle Of Man-based Trevor Hemmings, who has owned three Randox Health Grand National winners and is seeking a record fourth victory from three entries, explained: "I go back many years with the Grand National and it is a very special race for me.

 

"I have been delighted to win the race on three occasions and hopefully we could make it four victories this year.

 

"The Grand National is such a unique race and is the best in the world - no doubt about it. Lake View Lad (10st 11lb) will hopefully be there or thereabouts in the Grand National and he has enjoyed a fine season so far.

 

"Lake View Lad would like cut in the ground, whereas Warriors Tale (10st 9lb) is a horse who would appreciate better ground.

 

"Warriors Tale has a good chance, but we also have a secret weapon in Vintage Clouds (10st). He will get a run in the race this year and we are looking forward to seeing him."

 

Scottish trainer Lucinda Russell, who sent out One For Arthur to win the 2017 Randox Health Grand National, explained: "One For Arthur (10st 10lb) was due to run at Haydock in the Grand National Trial on Saturday, but he can no longer run in that race because he was vaccinated more than six months ago.

 

"We have been really pleased with him and he schooled well over fences in the week and Aintree is definitely the plan.

 

"I think we will now look at Kelso on March 2 with One For Arthur as a possible target going forward. We would like to get another run into him and if he could go to Kelso that would fantastic as we would like to get him back on the racecourse before returning to Aintree.

 

"It would be very special to go back to Aintree and win a second Grand National.

 

"Things haven't really gone to plan for One For Arthur this season with two unseats to his name which hasn't been ideal, but I think we have got him right now.

 

"One For Arthur is a year older and looks much stronger now. He seems to be coming back to himself and has matured of late.

 

"We've done a lot of schooling with him in the outdoor school and he has also jumped some proper chase fences and I think we have got him back close to his best."

 

Leading Irish trainer Gordon Elliott, successful with Tiger Roll in 2018 and Silver Birch in 2007, thinks the horse may have a tougher time this year, but he has 21 other entries in the 2019 Randox Health Grand National.

 

"There are three or four horses I will probably take out of the Randox Health Grand National. I look on it as a race I have won twice. Obviously, it is the most famous race in the world and it would be good to win it again.

 

"Tiger Roll is a stable favourite and for him to win the Grand National was something else. I thought when he jumped the last and halfway through the run-in that he was home and hosed, but as per usual Willie Mullins, whose horses normally pass mine in the last 50 yards, had one who challenged. Thankfully, Tiger Roll just held on - it was great.

 

"I rode in the Foxhunters' a couple of times and the last time I broke my arm and that finished my riding career (as an amateur rider)."

 

Asked to choose which of his entries he would like to ride, Elliott replied: "I would have no choice - it would have to be Tiger Roll (11st 1lb) because I definitely would not be able to do the weight on General Principle (10st)!

 

"It is going to be a struggle for Tiger - his Gold Cup this year is going to be the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham and if he gets back for the Grand National then great. Whatever happens, happens - he doesn't owe us anything. Tiger Roll is in very good form. The plan is to run in the Boyne Hurdle this weekend.

 

"I would like to have around 10 runners in the Randox Health Grand National - General Principle is definitely one to consider off 10st. He has won an Irish National, he jumps and stays and this is a race I have had in my mind for a while. He too is in good form and could be a type for Aintree.

 

"I would love to run Shattered Love (10st 10lb) in the Grand National - she has a nice weight. She will go for the Gold Cup and we will see what happens there first. The Storyteller (11st 3lb) is another classy horse and he has been placed in a lot of Grade Ones.

 

"Dounkios (10st 10lb) won well last time and is another horse who is set to run in the race. I would love to run as many as I can - all those who are OK after Cheltenham (in March) will be aimed at the Randox Health Grand National."

 

Paul Nicholls has three entries this year, seven years on from sending out Neptune Collonges to win the Randox Health Grand National.

 

The Somerset-based 10-time champion Jump trainer, said: "We have three entries in the Grand National and they are not all likely to run.

 

"Warriors Tale (10st 9lb) would be ground dependent and we could run him in the Topham instead if the ground was soft.

 

"Black Corton has 10st 11lb which is a nice weight and Give Me A Copper (10st 1lb) has always been a horse I felt would be suited by Aintree and the fences. The Ultima (at Cheltenham in March) is next up for him and if all goes to plan there, then we could be tempted to run in the Grand National off 10st 1lb.

 

"It's great to be at Liverpool and it was lovely to win the race with Neptune Collonges. It would be nice to find a horse who could emulate him and win it again.

 

"It is such a hard race to win and you need a lot of luck in running so a lot can happen in the event."

 

Nigel Twiston-Davies, the joint most successful current trainer in the Grand National with two wins, has nine entries.

 

The Gloucestershire trainer reported: "I will have to speak to the owners and Anthony Bromley before making any plans about Bristol De Mai (11st 10lb).

 

"The Cheltenham Gold Cup (on March 15) is his first target and if everything goes well, then we will make a plan after that.

 

"I am delighted with Bristol De Mai's weight and it definitely concentrates the mind more on the race than we would have been otherwise. We will talk about it and then make a plan.

 

"Blaklion (10st 12lb), Ballyoptic (10st 11lb) and Go Conquer (10st 13lb) are all other horses who could run in the race, but we will make a decision nearer the time.

 

"Blaklion is very much the forgotten horse this year. He was brought down at the first in last year's Grand National and ran well at Warwick on his latest start. I expect he could run well in the race this time around. Bristol De Mai is the class horse, but Blaklion a year ago was favourite for the Grand National."

 

Joe Tizzard, assistant to his father Colin, declared: "Elegant Escape (11st 4lb) came out of Cheltenham (second in the G2 BetBright Trial Cotswold Chase in January) very well. The first plan with him is the Cheltenham Gold Cup and depending on how he came out of that, the Grand National could be something we think about.

 

"He has earned his right to firstly have a crack at the Gold Cup and then we will make a decision afterwards - it all depends what happens in March.

 

"His run last time was good and stamina has always been his strong suit. He does tick a lot of boxes for a Grand National, but we're just going to concentrate for now on the Gold Cup then make a decision afterwards.

 

"Ultragold (10st 3lb) has proved fantastic round the Aintree fences, having won the Topham Chase on the last two occasions. He is a horse who is interesting particularly off 10st 3lb.

 

"I'm not sure Sizing Codelco (10st 10lb) and The Dutchman (10st 3lb) would run at Aintree, but Royal Vacation (10st 8lb) is a G1 winner who struggled last year. But he has come back to life in recent months and he could be one that we run in the race - he is a class horse on his day."

 

Patrick Mullins, assistant to his father Willie, multiple champion Jump trainer in Ireland, remarked "Pleasant Company (10st 11lb) is set to run in the Randox Health Grand National again this year.

 

"He was only a couple of inches short from winning the race last year. David Mullins gave him a fabulous ride and the horse's whole season has been planned around going back to Aintree. He seemed to take to the fences very well last year.

 

"The Grand National is a specialist race; he is under the 11st mark which is a big help. He is an 11-year-old now and it is going to be hard to improve him, but you would be hoping he could go back and run well again.

 

"Pleasant Company disappointed over hurdles at Christmas and he is still a maiden over hurdles - they just don't seem to turn him on. He was poor in the Thyestes, but that was on heavy ground and he is better on good ground - we're not too disappointed with his form at the moment.

 

"Total Recall (10st 10lb) is a possible for the Grand National. He is the best handicapped of our horses (10 entered), but he didn't enjoy himself there last year. He made a bad mistake at the third fence and lost his confidence.

 

"He is the opposite of Pleasant Company as you are hoping he will forget that race and hope he would enjoy himself this year. He is not the biggest horse in the world and that is a worry.

 

"Rathvinden's (10st 10lb) whole season has also been planned around Aintree. He stayed very strongly in the National Hunt Chase and is economical over his fences.

 

"He is not the biggest, but he seems to have a good technique over his fences and is a good jumper. Rathvinden is a second-season novice and that could mean he is unexposed. He is 11 which is older, but he has had plenty of time off in the past and he ticks a lot of boxes.

 

"I think Up For Review (10st 2lb), who is right at the bottom of the weights, is also interesting as he ran very well in the Thyestes Chase and is unexposed. He is a second-season novice and one I would be keeping an eye on."

 

Jessica Harrington has had numerous big-race successes, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Classics, but had not had Randox Health Grand National entries before this year. Her two entries this year are Magic Of Light (10st 7lb) and Sandymount Duke (10st 6lb).

 

Kate Harrington, assistant to her mother, said: "Sandymount Duke is owned by Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, who also bred him and owned his dam, who was also trained by my mum and won a few Flat races. Sandymount Duke was her last foal and bred at Ronnie's stud farm in Kildrare, Sandhill Stud.

 

"Ronnie is so passionate about his racing and is so excited to have a Grand National entry. Sandymount Duke has been quite lightly-raced over the past year with the Grand National in mind.

 

"These are our first ever entries in the Grand National and will be so exciting if we get there and have runners on the day."   

 

David Pipe won the Randox Health Grand National in 2008 with Comply Or Die and has a strong hand in 2019, including Ramses De Teillee (10st 5lb), Daklondike (10st 4lb) and Vieux Lion Rouge (10st 2lb).

 

Pipe said: "Ramses De Teillee had a wind op during the summer and has progressed this year, finishing second to Elegant Escape in the Welsh National. He has a lovely weight.

 

"Ramses De Teillee, Daklondike and Vieux Lion Rouge are in the Grand National Trial at Haydock on Saturday and probably a couple of them will run there."

 

Nicky Henderson is the reigning British champion Jump trainer and has won the championship five times in total. The one omission on the very distinguished CV of the Lamborun trainer is the Randox Health Grand National, although he has trained the runner-up twice - 1979 Zongalero, 1987 The Tsarevich.

 

His two entries this year are Valtor (11st 2lb) and Kilcrea Vale (9st 5lb).

 

Henderson said: "The problem is we have done well in the Topham, with six or seven winners, but they lose the plot when they have to go round twice! We have been second twice in 40 years.

 

"This year we have Valtor who was very cleverly bought by Mr Munir. He hadn't won for three years and we got him going with a couple bits of pieces of work and then launched him at Ascot, when James Bowen rode him. He won by 20 lengths that day so Henderson's first move to try and win the Grand National saw Valtor raised 16 pounds!

 

"He is on doctor's orders after he ran at Cheltenham last time when something went wrong and it will be a long road to get him back." 

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L-R: Sir A P McCoy, Joe Tizzard, Kate Harrington, Nicky Henderson & Ed Chamberlin

 

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Martin Greenwood 

 

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Sam Quek, John Barnes & Gordon Elliott 

 

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L-R: Gordon Elliott, Paul Nicholls, Jonjo O'Neill, Sue Smith, Nigel Twiston-Davies & Nicky Henderson 

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L-R: Sir A P McCoy, Nigel Twiston-Davies, Paul Nicholls and Lucinda Russell 

 

Bristol De Mai tops weights for 2019 Randox Health Grand National

 

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - Multiple G1 winner Bristol De Mai heads the weights on 11st 10lb, with a lowered rating of 168, for the 2019 Randox Health Grand National, details of which are revealed today (please note the embargo of 3pm UK time today).

 

With a prize fund of £1 million, the world's greatest chase is the most valuable Jump race globally 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.

 

Bristol De Mai, one of nine entries for dual Randox Health Grand National-winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, gained his second G1 Betfair Chase at Haydock Park in November, when he defeated Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Native River by four lengths.

 

Twiston-Davies, whose Aintree successes came courtesy of Earth Summit (1998) and Bindaree (2002), also has impressive Sky Bet Chase victor Go Conquer (10st 13lb) and 2017 Becher Handicap Chase winner Blaklion (10st 12lb) among his nine entries.

 

The 2018 Randox Health Grand National hero Tiger Roll (Gordon Elliott IRE) has been given 11st 1lb, as he bids to become the first dual winner of the race since the legendary Red Rum.

 

Tiger Roll is the 20/1 joint-favourite with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, alongside Welsh Grand National winner seven-year-old Elegant Escape (Colin Tizzard, 11st 4lb) - Earth Summit was the last horse to win the Welsh Grand National and Randox Health Grand National in the same season (1997/98).

 

Tiger Roll's trainer Gordon Elliott, also successful with Silver Birch in 2007, accounts for 22 of the record 47 Irish-trained entries. Elliott's team also features Cheltenham Festival winner The Storyteller (11st 3lb) and General Principle (10st), winner of the 2018 Irish Grand National.

 

Elliott's big Irish rival Willie Mullins, responsible for 2005 Grand National scorer Hedgehunter, has 10 entries in total. Mullins' contenders are headed by last year's head runner-up Pleasant Company (10st 11lb), G2 National Hunt Chase winner Rathvinden (10st 10lb) and Up For Review (10st 2lb), who was an eye-catching third in the Thyestes Chase on his latest start.

 

Anibale Fly (Tony Martin IRE, 11st 6lb) has the biggest weight of any Irish-trained challenger. The J P McManus-owned runner finished fourth last year on the back of a career-best third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

 

Owner Trevor Hemmings is chasing a fourth Randox Health Grand National triumph, which would make him the winning-most owner of all time. His three entries include the highly-progressive Lake View Lad (Nick Alexander, 10st 11lb), winner of the Listed Rehearsal Chase and G3 Rowland Meyrick Chase already this season, and Betway Grand Sefton Handicap Chase scorer Warriors Tale (Paul Nicholls, 10st 9lb).

 

The 2017 Randox Health Grand National victor One For Arthur (Lucinda Russell) was unable to defend his crown last year due to injury. He has been allotted 10st 10lb.

 

Other entries with proven form over the Grand National fences include this season's Becher Handicap Chase winner Walk In The Mill (Robert Walford, 10st) and Ultragold (Colin Tizzard, 10st 3lb), who has captured the two most recent renewals of the Randox Health Topham Chase.

 

Trainer Dr Richard Newland, who tasted Grand National glory in 2013 with Pineau De Re, is chasing another victory with Abolitionist (10st 1lb). Third in the 2017 Irish Grand National for Ellmarie Holden, the 11-year-old won a three-mile handicap hurdle impressively at Aintree in November on his first start for Newland and has not raced since.

 

No mare has won the Randox Health Grand National since Nickel Coin in 1951. The four female contenders this time around are Shattered Love (Gordon Elliott, 10st 10lb), a dual G1-winning novice over fences last season, G2 National Hunt Chase second Ms Parfois (Anthony Honeyball, 10st 2lb), Magic Of Light (Jessica Harrington IRE, 10st 7lb) and Baie Des Iles (Ross O'Sullivan IRE, 9st 12lb).

 

Other entries include Rock The Kasbah (Phillip Hobbs, 10st 9lb), winner of a G3 handicap chase at Cheltenham in November, and Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase second Mall Dini (Pat Kelly IRE).

 

British Horseracing Authority Handicapper Martin Greenwood, who framed the weights for the first time this year and has total discretion for the Randox Health Grand National, said: "It was fairly straightforward to do the weights. I tried to treat it like any other race whilst bearing in mind there has to be some digression when needed.

 

"Bristol De Mai heads the weights and his rating has been compressed by 5lb as I thought it was better to have a horse at the top of the handicap whose rating was slightly out of kilter. If Bristol De Mai does run then I think it was the right call to make.

 

"I found Auvergnat (10st 8lb) of Enda Bolger's hard to weigh up. He has a lot of Cross Country form and he was the hardest one I had to deal with. He has been running primarily in Cross Country races and they are events which are having an increasing impact on the Grand National, highlighted by Tiger Roll's success last year.

 

"His form ties in with Josies Orders and Tiger Roll. He would almost have three different ratings, one in the mid-140s for regulation fences, a high 150s for the Cross Country fences and I have put him somewhere in the middle of that (152) to tie in with Josies Orders.

 

"Tiger Roll is up 9lb from his mark for last year's Grand National and Pleasant Company 7lb. I have them both on the same mark for what they were rated after last year's Grand National. Tiger Roll confirmed that rating in the Cross Country Handicap at Cheltenham in November. Pleasant Company has been a bit disappointing in a few runs since, but I think the Aintree fences will bring out the best in him, so that is why I left him on that mark.

 

"I think there are several interesting runners like Vintage Clouds and Elegant Escape, who is towards the top of the betting and he is an improving horse and was a good second to Frodon at Cheltenham last time out so you can see why he is one of the more fancied horses.

 

"I think it would be a knee-jerk reaction to make too much of the small amount of horses who are weighted 11st or higher. I wouldn't want to get too clever about what the reason is.

 

"At the entry stage, you needed to be around the mid-70s to get you into the race. I think anything based in the top 80 has a chance of getting in. Four of the last five years, horses approaching that number have got in so some connections shouldn't give up because they are rated towards the bottom."

 

John Baker, Managing Director at Aintree Racecourse, said today: "The countdown to the 172nd running of the world's greatest and most valuable chase begins in earnest today with the unveiling of the weights for the £1-million Randox Health Grand National.

 

"Our thanks go to Martin Greenwood for framing the weights for the first time in 2019. The entries look very strong, with a record Irish-trained presence, and we look all set for an outstanding race at Aintree on Saturday, April 6."

 

 

 

Latest odds from Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival

 

20/1 Tiger Roll, Elegant Escape

25/1 Rock The Kasbah, Vintage Cloud, Walk In The Mill, Pleasant Company, Mall Dini, General Principle

33/1 Blaklion, Valtor, Ballyoptic, Lake View Lad, Vieux Lion Rouge, One For Arthur, Step Back, Auvergnat, Anibale Fly, Alpha des Obeaux, Dounikos, Royal Vacation, Ms Parfois, Acapella Bourgeois, Abolitionist, Rathvinden, Up For Review

40/1 Give Me A Copper, Go Conquer, Folsom Blue, Impulsive Star, Isleofhopendreams, Fact of The Matter, Daklondike, Jury Duty, Cogry, Ramses de Teillee, The Young Master, Total Recall, Bristol de Mai, Traffic Fluide, Pairofbrowneyes, Out Sam, Ultragold, Warriors Tale, Noble Endeavor, Allysson Monterg, Minella Rocco, Missed Approach

50/1 Monbeg Notorious, Baie des Iles, Mr Diablo, Milansbar, Ballyarthur, Vieux Morvan, Master Dee, Mala Beach, Van Gogh du Granit, Black Corton, Blow By Blow, Borice, Livelovelaugh, Calett Mad, Joe Farrell, Call It Magic, The Storyteller, The Dutchman, The Last Samuri, Rogue Angel, Edwulf, Sandymount Duke, Don Poli, Shantou Village, Shattered Love, Singlefarmpayment, Sizing Codelco, Some Neck, Carole's Destrier, Yala Enki

66/1 Sub Lieutenant, Tea For Two, Exitas, Regal Encore, Red Infantry, Captain Redbeard, Highland Lodge, Kilcrea Vale, Polidam, Looking Well, Bless The Wings, Valseur Lido, Magic of Light, Outlander, Ballydine, Measureofmydreams, Ned Stark, A Toi Phil, Back To The Thatch, Westerner Point, Willie Boy, American, Splash of Ginge, Ziga Boy

100/1 Morney Wing, Jarob, Ballyhill, Kingswell Theatre, Scoir Mear, Woods Well, Rathlin Rose, Just A Par, Potters Corner

Each-Way: 1/4 odds, 1-2-3-4

Betway Specials

Irish 1-2 5/1

Irish 1-2-3 14/1

Irish 1-2-3-4 40/1

Winner to be leading at the last:

Yes 1/2

No 6/4

Winning distance

Under 3 lengths 2/1

3-9 lengths 6/4

Over 9 lengths 7/4

Female jockey to ride the winner 8/1

Where will the winner be trained?

UK 8/15

Ireland 6/4

Winning owner

J P McManus 10/1

Giggingstown House Stud 5/1

Age of winner

7 or 8 3/1

9 6/4

10 5/2

11 or 12 5/1

Winning weight

Less than 11st 4/9

11st or more 7/4

 

Randox Health Grand National

Grade 3 handicap chase, £1 million total prize fund. Aintree, 5.15pm Saturday, April 6, 2019. 4m 2f 74y 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 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 who 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 - 2 not qualified), 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

Wgt

Rating

Owner

Trainer

1)

BRISTOL DE MAI (FR)

8

11-10

168

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nigel Twiston-Davies

2)

ANIBALE FLY (FR)

9

11-06

164

J P McManus

Tony Martin IRE

3)

ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR)

9

11-04

162

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

4)

ELEGANT ESCAPE (IRE)

7

11-04

162

John Romans

Colin Tizzard

5)

THE STORYTELLER (IRE)

8

11-03

161

Pat Sloan

Gordon Elliott IRE

6)

VALTOR (FR)

10

11-02

160

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson

7)

EDWULF

10

11-01

159

J P McManus

Joseph O'Brien IRE

8)

TIGER ROLL (IRE)

9

11-01

159

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

9)

OUTLANDER (IRE)

11

11-00

158

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

10)

DON POLI (IRE)

10

10-13

157

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11)

GO CONQUER (IRE)

10

10-13

157

Paul & Clare Rooney

Nigel Twiston-Davies

12)

SUB LIEUTENANT (IRE)

10

10-13

157

Gigginstown House Stud

Henry de Bromhead IRE

13)

BLAKLION

10

10-12

156

Simon Such & Gino Paletta

Nigel Twiston-Davies

14)

MALA BEACH (IRE)

11

10-12

156

Chris Jones

Gordon Elliott IRE

15)

YALA ENKI (FR)

9

10-12

156

Hills of Ledbury (Aga)

Venetia Williams

16)

BALLYOPTIC (IRE)

9

10-11

155

Mills & Mason Partnership

Nigel Twiston-Davies

17)

BLACK CORTON (FR)

8

10-11

155

The Brooks, Stewart Families & J Kyle

Paul Nicholls

18)

LAKE VIEW LAD (IRE)

9

10-11

155

Trevor Hemmings

Nick Alexander

19)

MINELLA ROCCO (IRE)

9

10-11

155

J P McManus

Jonjo O'Neill

20)

PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE)

11

10-11

155

Malcolm Denmark

Willie Mullins IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21)

AMERICAN (FR)

9

10-10

154

The Jago Family Partnership

Harry Fry

22)

DOUNIKOS (FR)

8

10-10

154

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

23)

ONE FOR ARTHUR (IRE)

10

10-10

154

Two Golf Widows

Lucinda Russell

24)

RATHVINDEN (IRE)

11

10-10

154

Ronnie Bartlett

Willie Mullins IRE

25)

SHATTERED LOVE (IRE)

8

10-10

154

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

26)

SIZING CODELCO (IRE)

10

10-10

154

Ann & Alan Potts Limited

Colin Tizzard

27)

TOTAL RECALL (IRE)

10

10-10

154

Slaneyville Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

28)

TRAFFIC FLUIDE (FR)

9

10-10

154

Galloping On The South Downs Partnership

Gary Moore

29)

ROCK THE KASBAH (IRE)

9

10-09

153

Diana Whateley

Philip Hobbs

30)

WARRIORS TALE

10

10-09

153

Trevor Hemmings

Paul Nicholls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31)

AUVERGNAT (FR)

9

10-08

152

J P McManus

Enda Bolger IRE

32)

REGAL ENCORE (IRE)

11

10-08

152

J P McManus

Anthony Honeyball

33)

ROYAL VACATION (IRE)

9

10-08

152

Jean Bishop

Colin Tizzard

34)

A TOI PHIL (FR)

9

10-07

151

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

35)

JURY DUTY (IRE)

8

10-07

151

Sideways Syndicate

Gordon Elliott IRE

36)

MAGIC OF LIGHT (IRE)

8

10-07

151

Ann & Alan Potts Limited

Jessica Harrington IRE

37)

MASTER DEE (IRE)

10

10-07

151

Paul & Clare Rooney

Fergal O'Brien

38)

MONBEG NOTORIOUS (IRE)

8

10-06

150

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

39)

NOBLE ENDEAVOR (IRE)

10

10-06

150

Chris Jones

Gordon Elliott IRE

40)

SANDYMOUNT DUKE (IRE)

10

10-06

150

Ronnie Wood

Jessica Harrington IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

41)

THE LAST SAMURI (IRE)

11

10-06

150

Paul & Clare Rooney

Harry Fry

42)

ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS (FR)

9

10-05

149

Slaneyville Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

43)

RAMSES DE TEILLEE (FR)

7

10-05

149

John White & Anne Underhill

David Pipe

44)

TEA FOR TWO

10

10-05

149

Jane Williams & Len Jakeman

Jane Williams

45)

DAKLONDIKE (IRE)

7

10-04

148

Prof Caroline Tisdall

David Pipe

46)

MALL DINI (IRE)

9

10-04

148

Philip Reynolds

Patrick Kelly IRE

47)

CALETT MAD (FR)

7

10-03

147

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nigel Twiston-Davies

48)

STEP BACK (IRE)

9

10-03

147

Cracker and Smodge Partnership

Mark Bradstock

49)

THE DUTCHMAN (IRE)

9

10-03

147

SprayClad UK

Colin Tizzard

50)

ULTRAGOLD (FR)

11

10-03

147

Brocade Racing John Romans Terry Warner

Colin Tizzard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

51)

BLOW BY BLOW (IRE)

8

10-02

146

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

52)

MS PARFOIS (IRE)

8

10-02

146

M R Chapman

Anthony Honeyball

53)

PAIROFBROWNEYES (IRE)

10

10-02

146

Fibbage Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

54)

SINGLEFARMPAYMENT

9

10-02

146

N T Griffith & H M Haddock

Tom George

55)

SOME NECK (FR)

8

10-02

146

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

56)

UP FOR REVIEW (IRE)

10

10-02

146

Andrea & Graham Wylie

Willie Mullins IRE

57)

VALSEUR LIDO (FR)

10

10-02

146

Gigginstown House Stud

Henry de Bromhead IRE

58)

VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR)

10

10-02

146

Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent

David Pipe

59)

ABOLITIONIST (IRE)

11

10-01

145

Mark Albon, John Provan & Chris Stedman

Dr Richard Newland

60)

GIVE ME A COPPER (IRE)

9

10-01

145

Done, Ferguson, Kyle, Mason & Wood

Paul Nicholls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

61)

MISSED APPROACH (IRE)

9

10-01

145

Alan & Andrew Turner

Warren Greatrex

62)

FOLSOM BLUE (IRE)

12

10-00

144

Core Partnership

Gordon Elliott IRE

63)

GENERAL PRINCIPLE (IRE)

10

10-00

144

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

64)

LIVELOVELAUGH (IRE)

9

10-00

144

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

65)

VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE)

9

10-00

144

Trevor Hemmings

Sue Smith

66)

WALK IN THE MILL (FR)

9

10-00

144

Baroness Harding

Robert Walford

67)

WILLIE BOY (IRE)

8

10-00

144

Kate & Andrew Brooks

Charlie Longsdon

68)

BALLYHILL (FR)

8

9-13

143

Simon Such & Gino Paletta

Nigel Twiston-Davies

69)

BLESS THE WINGS (IRE)

14

9-13

143

Adrian Butler & Stephen O'Connor

Gordon Elliott IRE

70)

CAPTAIN REDBEARD (IRE)

10

9-13

143

Stuart Coltherd

Stuart Coltherd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

71)

POLIDAM (FR)

10

9-13

143

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Willie Mullins IRE

72)

ALLYSSON MONTERG (FR)

9

9-12

142

David Fox

Richard Hobson

73)

BAIE DES ILES (FR)

8

9-12

142

Zorka Wentworth

Ross O'Sullivan IRE

74)

EXITAS (IRE)

11

9-12

142

P Middleton, M Lowther

Phil Middleton

75)

ISLEOFHOPENDREAMS

12

9-12

142

Kilbroney Racing

Willie Mullins IRE

76)

JOE FARRELL (IRE)

10

9-12

142

M Sherwood, N Morris & R Curtis

Rebecca Curtis

77)

JUST A PAR (IRE)

12

9-12

142

M Scott

James Moffatt

78)

RED INFANTRY (IRE)

9

9-12

142

Rob Little

Ian Williams

79)

SHANTOU VILLAGE (IRE)

9

9-12

142

Jane Gerard-Pearse

Neil Mulholland

80)

THE YOUNG MASTER

10

9-12

142

Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters

Neil Mulholland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

81)

WESTERNER POINT (IRE)

10

9-11

141

Thade Quill Syndicate

Eoghan O'Grady IRE

82)

BALLYARTHUR (IRE)

9

9-10

140

Graham and Alison Jelley

Nigel Twiston-Davies

83)

BALLYDINE (IRE)

9

9-10

140

Alan Halsall

Charlie Longsdon

84)

COGRY

10

9-10

140

Graham and Alison Jelley

Nigel Twiston-Davies

85)

FACT OF THE MATTER (IRE)

9

9-10

140

The Sandylini Racing Partnership

Jamie Snowden

86)

OUT SAM

10

9-10

140

D Charlesworth

Gordon Elliott IRE

87)

VIEUX MORVAN (FR)

10

9-10

140

M L Bloodstock Limited

Joseph O'Brien IRE

88)

IMPULSIVE STAR (IRE)

9

9-09

139

Robert Waley-Cohen & Men Holding

Neil Mulholland

89)

KINGSWELL THEATRE

10

9-09

139

John J Murray

Michael Scudamore

90)

MR DIABLO (IRE)

10

9-09

139

Aidan Glynn

Philip Dempsey IRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

91)

CAROLE'S DESTRIER

11

9-08

138

Mrs C Skipworth

Neil Mulholland

92)

MILANSBAR (IRE)

12

9-08

138

Robert Bothway

Neil King

93)

BORICE (FR)

8

9-07

137

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Gordon Elliott IRE

94)

JAROB

12

9-07

137

Chris Jones

Gearoid O'Loughlin IRE

95)

MEASUREOFMYDREAMS (IRE)

11

9-07

137

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

Gordon Elliott IRE

96)

ROGUE ANGEL (IRE)

11

9-07

137

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

97)

SPLASH OF GINGE

11

9-07

137

John Neild

Nigel Twiston-Davies

98)

ZIGA BOY (FR)

10

9-07

137

Axom LI

Alan King

99)

CALL IT MAGIC (IRE)

9

9-05

135

Zorka Wentworth

Ross O'Sullivan IRE

100)

HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE)

13

9-05

135

Cheveley Park Stud

James Moffatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

101)

KILCREA VALE (IRE)

9

9-05

135

Alan Spence

Nicky Henderson

102)

WOODS WELL (IRE)

8

9-05

135

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

103)

LOOKING WELL (IRE)

10

9-03

133

David Wesley Yates

Nicky Richards

104)

BACK TO THE THATCH (IRE)

7

9-02

132

M R & Mrs C J Barnwell

Henry Daly

105)

POTTERS CORNER (IRE)

9

9-02

132

All Stars Sports Racing & J Davies

Christian Williams

106)

MORNEY WING (IRE)

10

8-13

129

The Steeple Chasers

Charlie Mann

107)

NED STARK (IRE)

11

8-12

128

Noel Moran/Mrs Valerie Moran

Gordon Elliott IRE

108)

RATHLIN ROSE (IRE)

11

8-12

128

Fergus Wilson

David Pipe

109)

SCOIR MEAR (IRE)

9

8-11

127

J P McManus

Thomas Mullins IRE

110)

VAN GOGH DU GRANIT (FR)

10

8-11

127

Fergus Wilson

David Pipe

 

110 entries remain - SKIPTHECUDDLES (IRE) & LIEUTENANT COLONEL not qualified

47 Irish-trained

 

Breakdown of entries by trainer with previous successes in the Randox Health Grand National

 

 

22 ENTRIES

Gordon Elliott IRE

(2007 Silver Birch, 2018 Tiger Roll)

Alpha des Obeaux 11st 4lb

The Storyteller 11st 3lb

Tiger Roll 11st 1lb

Outlander 11st

Don Poli 10st 13lb

Mala Beach 10st 12lb

Dounikos 10st 10lb

Shattered Love 10st 10lb

A Toi Phil 10st 7lb

Jury Duty 10st 7lb

Monbeg Notorious 10st 6lb

Noble Endeavor 10st 6lb

Blow By Blow 10st 2lb

Folsom Blue 10st

General Principle 10st

Bless The Wings 9st 13lb

Out Sam 9st 10lb

Borice 9st 7lb

Measureofmydreams 9st 7lb

Rogue Angel 9st 7lb

Woods Well 9st 5lb

Ned Stark 8st 12lb

 

10 ENTRIES

Willie Mullins IRE

(2005 Hedgehunter)

Pleasant Company 10st 11lb

Rathvinden 10st 10lb

Total Recall 10st 10lb

Acapella Bourgeois 10st 5lb

Pairofbrowneyes 10st 2lb

Some Neck 10st 2lb

Up For Review 10st 2lb

Livelovelaugh 10st

Polidam 9st 13lb

Isleofhopendreams 9st 12lb

 

9 ENTRIES

Nigel Twiston-Davies

(1998 Earth Summit, 2002 Bindaree)

Bristol De Mai 11st 10lb

Go Conquer 10st 13lb

Blaklion 10st 12lb

Ballyoptic 10st 11lb

Calett Mad 10st 3lb

Ballyhill 9st 13lb

Ballyarthur 9st 10lb

Cogry 9st 10lb

Splash of Ginge 9st 7lb

 

5 ENTRIES

David Pipe

(2008 Comply Or Die)

Ramses De Teillee 10st 5lb

Daklondike 10st 4lb

Vieux Lion Rouge 10st 2lb

Rathlin Rose 8st 12lb

Van Gogh Du Granit 8st 11lb

 

Colin Tizzard

Elegant Escape 11st 4lb

Sizing Codelco 10st 10lb

Royal Vacation 10st 8lb

The Dutchman 10st 3lb

Ultragold 10st 3lb

 

4 ENTRIES

Neil Mulholland

Shantou Village 9st 12lb

The Young Master 9st 12lb

Impulsive Star 9st 9lb

Carole's Destrier 9st 8lb

 

3 ENTRIES

Paul Nicholls

(2012 Neptune Collonges)

Black Corton 10st 11lb

Warriors Tale 10st 9lb

Give Me A Copper 10st 1lb

 

2 ENTRIES

Henry de Bromhead IRE

Sub Lieutenant 10st 13lb

Valseur Lido 10st 2lb

 

Harry Fry

American 10st 10lb

The Last Samuri 10st 6lb

 

Jessica Harrington IRE

Magic Of Light 10st 7lb

Sandymount Duke 10st 6lb

 

Nicky Henderson

Valtor 11st 2lb

Kilcrea Vale 9st 5lb

 

Anthony Honeyball

Regal Encore 10st 8lb

Ms Parfois 10st 2lb


Charlie Longsdon

Willie Boy 10st

Ballydine 9st 10lb

 

James Moffatt

Just A Par 9st 12lb

Highland Lodge 9st 5lb

 

Joseph O'Brien IRE

Edwulf 11st 1lb

Vieux Morvan 9st 10lb

 

Ross O'Sullivan IRE

Baie Des Iles 9st 12lb

Call It Magic 9st 5lb

 

1 ENTRY

Nick Alexander

Lake View Lad 10st 11lb

 

Enda Bolger IRE

Auvergnat 10st 8lb

 

Mark Bradstock

Step Back 10st 3lb

 

Stuart Coltherd

Captain Redbeard 9st 13lb

 

Rebecca Curtis

Joe Farrell 9st 12lb

 

Henry Daly

Back To The Thatch 9st 2lb

 

Philip Dempsey IRE

Mr Diablo 9st 9lb

 

Tom George

Singlefarmpayment 10st 2lb

 

Warren Greatrex

Missed Approach 10st 1lb

 

Philip Hobbs

Rock The Kasbah 10st 9lb

 

Richard Hobson

Allysson Monterg 9st 12lb

 

Patrick Kelly IRE

Mall Dini 10st 4lb

 

Alan King

Ziga Boy 9st 7lb

 

Neil King

Milansbar 9st 8lb

 

Charlie Mann

Morney Wing 8st 13lb

 

Tony Martin IRE

Anibale Fly 11st 6lb

 

Phil Middleton

Exitas 9st 12lb

 

Gary Moore

Traffic Fluide 10st 10lb

 

Thomas Mullins IRE

Scoir Mear 8st 11lb

 

Dr Richard Newland

(2014 Pineau De Re)

Abolitionist 10st 1lb

 

Fergal O'Brien

Master Dee 10st 7lb

 

Eoghan O'Grady IRE

Westerner Point 9st 11lb

 

Gearoid O'Loughlin IRE

Jarob 9st 7lb

 

Jonjo O'Neill

(2010 Don't Push It)

Minella Rocco 10st 11lb

 

Nicky Richards

Looking Well 9st 3lb

 

Lucinda Russell

(2017 One For Arthur)

One For Arthur 10st 10lb

 

Michael Scuadmore

Kingswell Theatre 9st 9lb

 

Sue Smith

(2013 Auroras Encore)

Vintage Clouds 10st

 

Jamie Snowden

Fact of The Matter 9st 10lb

 

Robert Walford

Walk In The Mill 10st

 

Christian Williams

Potters Corner 9st 2lb

 

Ian Williams

Red Infantry 9st 12lb

 

Jane Williams

Tea For Two 10st 5lb

 

Venetia Williams

(2009 Mon Mome)

Yala Enki 10st 12lb

 

 

Previous winning owners with entries in the

Randox Health Grand National

 

Cheveley Park Stud (1992 Party Politics - in the colours of Patricia Thompson)

1 entry

Highland Lodge 9st 5lb

 

Gigginstown House Stud (2016 Rule The World, 2018 Tiger Roll)

14 entries

Alpha Des Obeaux 11st 4lb

Tiger Roll 11st 1lb

Outlander 11st

Don Poli 10st 13lb

Sub Lieutenant 10st 13lb

Dounikos 10st 10lb

Shattered Love 10st 10lb

A Toi Phil 10st 7lb

Monbeg Notorious 10st 6lb

Blow By Blow 10st 2lb

Valseur Lido 10st 2lb

General Principle 10st

Rogue Angel 9st 7lb

Woods Well 9st 5lb

 

Trevor Hemmings (2005 Hedgehunter, 2011 Ballabriggs, 2015 Many Clouds)

3 entries

Lake View Lad 10st 11lb

Warriors Tale 10st 9lb

Vintage Clouds 10st

 

J P McManus (2010 Don't Push It)

6 entries

Anibale Fly 11st 6lb

Edwulf 11st 1lb

Minella Rocco 10st 11lb

Auvergnat 10st 8lb

Regal Encore 10st 8lb

Scoir Mear 8st 11lb

 

John Provan (2014 Pineau De Re)

1 entry

Abolitionist (owned in partnership with Mark Albon and Chris Stedman) 10st 1lb

 

Two Golf Widows (2017 One For Arthur)

1 entry

One For Arthur 10st 10lb

 

About Aintree Racecourse / The Jockey Club

Aintree is home to The Randox Health Grand National, the most famous horse race in the world which is the climax to a three-day Festival meeting in April every year. The racecourse hosts five other fixtures and is a leading conference centre in the north west of England.

 

More information is available at aintree.thejockeyclub.co.uk

 

Aintree is part of The Jockey Club which stages thrilling sporting occasions including The Randox Health Grand National, The Cheltenham Festival and The Investec Derby. Millions of people every year enjoy the special experiences we offer through racing, music, food and entertainment. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny we make goes back into British Racing to help the sport thrive. We were founded in 1750 and today we are the largest commercial group in Britain's second-biggest spectator sport, operating 15 racecourses nationwide, The National Stud, Jockey Club Estates, Jockey Club Catering, Jockey Club Live and our charity, Racing Welfare.

For more information visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk

 

For further information please contact:

 

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Jessica Dalgliesh, Senior Communications Executive, The Jockey Club (North West) on 07464 491507 or email: Jessica.Dalgliesh@thejockeyclub.co.uk

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