The Grand National is now just over two months away and we are very much highly anticipating the return of the world’s greatest steeplechase in April. The horse racing season so far has certainly provided us all with plenty to talk about. There’s been plenty on to get the horse racing fans amongst you to get in the mood for Aintree. Before the Grand National, we have The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse to look forward to also.
The Grand National certainly is the highlight of the racing season, a bucket list event for many. With a yearly viewership of approximately 600 million worldwide, it really is the mecca of horse racing. In around two weeks the official Grand National Weights will be announced in Liverpool and we can’t wait to see which runners make the line-up.
Before then let’s take a look at which famous trainers are hoping for a Grand National win and those horses entered for the big race in April.
Grand National 2019 Trainers
Gordon Elliot is one of Ireland’s leading horse racing trainers thanks to his impressive Grand National wins in 2007 and 2018. His 2007 win crowned him as the youngest ever trainer to win the Aintree Grand National, a superb achievement! Elliot won with Silver Birch who was ridden by jockey Robbie Power. The champion horse who had previously been recovering from injury managed to beat off McKelvey by a ¾ length finish.
Gordon’s second win came in 2018 with the great Tiger Roll. Ridden by Davy Russell the pair managed to beat Willie Mullins trained Pleasant Company in a nose hair finish. The team are hoping Tiger Roll can match his 2018 performance again this year and the current ante-post odds are around 16/1.
The trainer has a great number of strong contenders this year and is no doubt hoping to match last year’s success.
Lucinda Russell is a Scottish trainer that won the Grand National in 2017. One For Arthur became the second Scottish trained horse to win the Grand National with a four and a half-length victory. Ridden by jockey Derek Fox the horse did well to storm ahead of Cause of Causes and Saint Are. This great victory at the time was said to be One For Arthur’s last.
However, 18 months on the horse returned to racing towards the end of 2018 with one target in mind; The Grand National. The horse’s connections are once again hoping for a successful win. Despite many horse racing fans highly anticipating the horses return he has had somewhat of a difficult start to the season so far. Although it wasn’t the comeback everyone had expected Lucinda Russell is confident that Aintree will bring out the best in One For Arthur.
The connections of One For Arthur are planning on another warm-up race before the big one at Aintree. They are deciding between races at Kelso or Haydock in February.
Willie Mullins is an Irish trainer and former jockey. In 2018 Willie Mullins just missed out on a Grand National win with horse Pleasant Company. Ridden by jockey David Davies Pleasant Company justy missed out to Tiger Roll in a tense finish. The Mullins team is hoping to do one better in the 2019 Grand National.
They will be hoping for a Pleasant Company placing and win at Aintree this year. The entire season thus far has been focussed on the journey to Liverpool. Alongside Pleasant Company Mullins has a total of nine other contenders including the likes of Isleofhopendreams and 2018 Cheltenham Festival winner Rathvinden.
We look forward to seeing which horses make the final line-up and if Tizzard can get the win this year around.
Nigel Twiston Davies
Currently, the most successful British racehorse trainer Nigel Twiston Davies is set for an exciting Grand National line-up. With a total of 9 entries, the trainer’s team is looking stronger than ever this year. With two previous Grand National wins which came in 1998 and 2002, he is no doubt hoping for a third time win.
Some of his 2019 Grand National entries include the likes of GoConquer who recently won the Sky Bet Chase, Bristol De Mai and Blaklion.
Can Davies win the Grand National for a third time this year? We can’t wait to find out!
Other stand out entries include Tizzard’s Elegant Escape, Robert Walford trained Walk in The Mill and Warriors Tale who is trained by Paul Nicholls. This year saw a total of 112 entries for the Randox Health Grand National, 47 of which were from Ireland. We are now highly anticipating the weights lunch to see who will make it to Aintree.
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