Some of Liverpool’s leading sports stars attended a glittering ceremony at the city’s St George’s Hall this week for the reveal of the weights to be carried by the runners in this year’s Randox Health Grand National.
Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and England striker Michael Owen joined the event’s host, Ed Chamberlin, on stage and told the 270 guests that Tiger Roll’s bid to win an unprecedented third consecutive Grand National would go down as one of sport’s greatest achievements.
Owen, a huge racing fan who owns a number of racehorses, was joined by other former Liverpool legends including John Aldridge, Ian Callaghan and Alan Kennedy and ex-Everton stars Graham Stuart and Leon Osman.
Liverpool-based Team GB Olympians Beth Tweddle and Sam Quek were also at the event, at which Tiger Roll was confirmed as this year’s favourite to win the race and given a top weight of 11st 10lb to carry.
Quek is an Aintree Racecourse advocate and will be on the panel at Trailblazers on February 25th at Proud Embankment in London. The event brings together women from sport, media and business and raises money for the NSPCC’s Childline service. The panel will be hosted by TV and radio broadcaster Clare Balding OBE, who is also an Epsom Downs Racecourse Committee member.