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Royal Ascot’s Potential International Runners

With the calibre of runners at Royal Ascot increasing each year, racegoers can anticipate some of the biggest names in horse racing to attend this prestigious five day event. Indeed, with a total of eight Group One races throughout the five days, the Royal Meeting demands excellence! And so, excellent horses travel from far and wide every year to contest on the renowned Ascot Racecourse track.

The increase of international participation at Royal Ascot has allowed the meeting to gain added levels of admiration globally. With horses from Australia, America and even Japan contesting right here in England.

As the excitement for Royal Ascot continues to build, we’ve put together our pick of the top five international horses we’d love to see run at Royal Ascot in 2019!

Newspaperofrecord in the Coronation Stakes

Newspaperofrecord is an Irish-bred and American-trained thoroughbred racehorse. The three year old filly has an amazing record to date and despite having run in only eight races, she remains unbeaten.

Newspaperofrecord produced a notable performance at the Breeders’ Cup in 2018, going on to win the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Many claim she would’ve had a significant chance of also attaining victory in the the 1,000 Guineas if given the change to run.

Following her immense success at Churchill Downs, a trip to Royal Ascot in summer looks like a strong possibility for the rising star. The Coronation Stakes, Royal Ascot’s Group One flat race that is open to three-year-old fillies, seems like the perfect entry for Newspaperofrecord.

Almond Eye in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes

Almond Eye is a Japanese thoroughbred racehorse. In 2018 she went on to win the Oka Sho, Yushun Himba and Shuka Sho, completing the Japanese Fillies’ Triple Crown. This is considered as one of the greatest accomplishments in Thoroughbred racing for three year old horses. In November 2018, she ended an unbeaten season with a record-breaking win of the the Japan Cup. An outstanding victory for an outstanding runner.

According to reports, she is set to target The Dubai Turf and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Nonetheless, running in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes would be a fantastic opportunity for the horse, another Group One flat race open to horses aged four and older.

Beauty Generation in the Queen Anne Stakes

Beauty Generation is a six year old gelding bred in New Zealand. Throughout his racing career, the horse has acquired a total of thirty three wins. It seems as though owner Patrick Kwok and his team have are determined to make Beauty Generation one of the highest-earning horses in Hong Kong history.

Although the Yasuda Kinen in Japan is reportedly the most prominent overseas target for the six-year-old, the thought of such a superstar lining up for the very first race of the Royal Meeting is an exciting prospect.

The Mackem Bullet in the Commonwealth Cup

The Mackem Bullet is an Irish-bred three year old filly. Recently the horse was transferred from training under Brian Ellison to the hands of Wesley Ward – a firm Royal Ascot lover. As a trainer, his exploits at the meeting are well known, and he’s brought over an increasing number of older and more experienced horses to supplement his agile younger horses.

The Mackem Bullet ended 2018 exceptionally with a wide margin win at Turfway Park at the end of December. This victory followed her superb win at Carlisle in June, making an impressive juvenile season for the filly!

The Commonwealth Cup would be a suitable entry for the horse, open to three-year-olds. The race is the only Group One flat race in Great Britain exclusively for three-year-olds that also allows geldings to compete.

The Autumn Sun in the Diamond Jubilee or Queen Anne

The Autumn Sun is a thoroughbred racehorse trained and bred in Australia. To date, he has won a total of three Group One races and a further Group One victory could be on the cards if he heads to Royal Ascot in the summer.

After making an eye catching and victorious debut at Royal Randwick in April 2018, the leading horse then went on to win his second race at Randwick just a few months later. Many praised the horse claiming ‘the further the race went the more decisive and dominant he became.’

It’s reported that trainer Chris Waller acknowledges that a trip to Ascot would be seriously discussed with the horse’s owners, with the largest issue merely being which specific race he enters.

Royal Ascot’s Previous International Runners

The prospect of seeing these runners at Royal Ascot 2019 is a thrilling one considering how international horses have fared in recent years. In 2017, a record number of fourteen US horses contested on the tuft at Ascot. Australian runners have also proved victorious, with Choisir and Black Caviar paving the way for many more Australian horses.

American thoroughbred Lady Aurelia won the Group 2 Queen Mary stakes in 2016 and followed that up with a remarkable victory in the 2017 Kings Stand Stakes. Nonetheless, her 2016 Queen Mary victory remains one of the most exceptional performances in recent Royal Ascot history.

In 2018’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes, international horse dominated the track at Ascot Racecourse. Australia’s Merchant Navy went on to win the race with France’s City Light coming in second, and America’s Bound For Nowhere coming in third.

With a total of eighty five international runners at last years Royal Ascot, racegoers can certainly look forward to an increased number of the world’s greatest race horses competing at the Royal Meeting. Thus, 2019 is sure to be another record breaking year for international talent.



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Ascot’s Clarence House Chase Raceday: All You Need to Know

This weekend sees Ascot Racecourse open its gates once again for the first raceday of this New Year. Racegoers will be beginning the year with Ascot’s Matchbook Clarence House Chase Raceday on Saturday 19th January 2019.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming race day.

What is the Matchbook Clarence House Chase Raceday?

The Clarence House Chase Raceday is a Matchbook sponsored National Hunt raceday held at Ascot Racecourse each January. As part of the National Hunt season, horses are required to jump over fences and ditches.

The highlight of the meeting is the Clarence House Chase, a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase open to horses aged five years or older. It is run over a distance of about 2 miles and 1 furlong and during this distance, horses are required to jump over thirteen fences.

The supporting races on the day will also feature the Grade 3 Holloways Handicap Hurdle, Juvenile Novices Hurdle and Amateur Riders Chase, which will all likewise be sponsored by Matchbook.

Alongside the fantastic National Hunt racing, Ascot Racecourse will be bursting with activities and warming winter dishes and cocktails all across the spectacular Grandstand.

Ascot Racecourse’s Chief Commercial Officer Juliet Slot says of the raceday:

‘The Grade 1 Clarence House Chase is the last top-level opportunity in Britain for the fastest chasers in Europe, before the Cheltenham Festival. The day is a firm favourite amongst our racegoers.’

Whilst official sponsors Matchbook noted:

‘Matchbook is committed to being a leading force in horse racing betting and has shown it is ready to invest, not just in its platform, but also in British horse racing through its sponsorship. The exchange is a growing force in the UK and Ireland and strives to provide a best-in-class platform for users to have the ultimate online betting experience.’

The Matchbook Clarence House Chase Raceday Schedule

Ascot Racecourse will open its gates at 10:45am, with former National Hunt Jockey Colin Brown conducting a raceday ramble course walk before the racing begins.

Racegoers will have the fantastic privilege of learning about the ground, the preparation of the hurdles and racing highlights. Guests may even climb into the open ditch and imagine the horses as they soar overhead!

The first race then begins at 12:40pm with the last race at 4:05pm. See the racecard below for more details.

  1. 12:40pm – Rosling King Juvenile Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier)
  2. 1:15pm – Matchbook Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase
  3. 1:50pm – Mares’ Hurdle
  4. 2:25pm – Matchbook Holloway’s Handicap Hurdle
  5. 3:00pm – Bet365 Handicap Chase
  6. 3:35pm – Matchbook Clarence House Chase (Grade One)
  7. 4:05pm – Matchbook British EBF ‘National Hunt’ Novices Hurdle (Qualifier)

Clarence House Chase Current Contenders

There are currently a total of four horses running this year’s Clarence House Chase. These are:

Un De Sceaux (Odds: 5/1)

The eleven year old, trained by Willie Mullins is the current Clarence House Chase champion having won the last three years in a row. His current chase record stands at a total of nineteen runs, with twelve wins.

Altior (Odds: 1/4)

Nicky Henderson’s unbeaten Altior is another strong contender for this Clarence House Chase. The nine year old has run a total of eleven steeplechases, winning all eleven.

Diego Du Charmil (Odds: 25/1)

Despite running in a total of eight chases, and winning only two, this seven year old may have a slight edge against other contenders, having been trained by leading trainer Paul Nicholls!

Fox Norton (Odds: 12/1)

This gelding trained by Colin Tizzard has a chase record that stands at seventeen runs, with eight wins to his name.

With such leading names in National Hunt racing, this year’s Clarence House Chase is sure to be an intense and thrilling one. Only time will tell which horse will emerge victorious.

Previous Clarence House Chase Winners

The highlight race of the meeting is a greatly coveted win for many. Europe’s finest chase horses go head-to-head to contest the Grade 1 encounter. Previous winners include Desert Orchid, Master Minded and defending champion Un De Sceaux, who has been victorious in the last three previous years.

Indeed the most successful horse in Clarence House Chase history is Un de Sceaux with three wins in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The leading jockey is the great Ruby Walsh with a total of four wins whilst running Master Minded in 2009, Twist Magic in 2010, and Un de Sceaux in 2016 and 2017. The leading trainer is Paul Nicholls with a total of five wins including Call Equiname in 1999, Master Minded in 2009 and 2011, Twist Magic in 2010 and Dodging Bullets in 2015.

Matchbook Clarence House Chase History

Initially, the first race was planned to take place in 1987 however this was abandoned due to frost, and the following year due to fog. Originally it was a handicap race, and the distance was 2 miles. In 1989, Desert Orchid was the first Clarence House Chase winner in history.

The race often includes leading contenders for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham Festival. Six horses have won both races in the same season: Viking Flagship in 1994, Call Equiname in 1999, Master Minded in 2009, Sprinter Sacre in 2013, Sire de Grugy in 2014 and Dodging Bullets in 2015. Thus the Clarence House Chase can provide clues for strong Cheltenham contenders.

What’s next at Ascot Racecourse?

February at Ascot Racecourse sees the Betfair Ascot Chase Raceday on Saturday 16th February 2019. Another exciting National Hunt raceday featuring the Grade 1 Betfair Ascot Chase, one of the season’s most prestigious races!

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Cheltenham Races: International Meeting Review

The Cheltenham International Meeting once again returned to the famous Cheltenham Racecourse last weekend for two days of unrivalled horse racing action. This event is a key highlight within the National Hunt Season and perfectly contributes to the highly anticipated build up of the great Cheltenham Festival. As the last meeting of the year and Christmas just around the corner there’s plenty to savour from this prestigious race day. At the weekend we witnessed world class racing from first class jockeys, runners and respected trainers. Those in attendance included horses from both the Bryony Frost and Nicky Henderson camp.

The festivities could be felt all over Cheltenham Racecourse as the build up to the big day continues. On both days of the event plenty of racing was enjoyed. The final race of the Crystal Cup took place on the Friday which saw the conclusion of the European race series. Other highlights from the action packed racing weekend include the Caviar Gold Cup also dubbed as December’s Gold Cup and the International Hurdle. Saturday’s feature race: The Unibet International Hurdle is one of seven key races on the road to The Festival. Highly anticipated by many racing enthusiasts the race offers us key insights into who to look out for ahead of the prestigious Cheltenham Festival in 2019.

Unibet International Hurdle

The Unibet International Hurdle is a Grade 2 race ran on the Saturday of the International meeting at Cheltenham. The penultimate hurdle race is a highlight of the entire meeting as horses compete over the 2m 179 yards long race track to be victorious. Originally referred to as the Cheltenham Trial Hurdle, the event has been established since 1963. Following many adjustments over the years the race was originally sponsored in 2010 by Stan James which later lead to the parent company Unibet taking ownership.

The wins from the International Hurdle are always exciting, providing insight for what else is to come from the season and who to watch. There have been many successful wins over the years, including those of leading trainer Nicky Henderson. The British racehorse trainer has trained 5 of the winning horses from this race over the years. Including the win we saw at the weekend. Henderson added to his record with another win from horse Brain Power making this a consecutive win for the prestigious trainer.

At the weekend we saw a strong 8 horse line-up for the International Hurdle, those horses included:
• Brain Power
• Silver Streak
• Western Ryder
• We Have A Dream
• Vision Des Flos
• Old Guard
• Summerville Boy
• The New One


Brain Power Wins The 2018 Unibet International Hurdle

There’s no doubt that Irish bred racehorse Brain Power had luck on his side in last weekend’s major race. At odds of 7-1 the horse managed to beat the 7 finishing horses by a rewarding length and three quarters. The horse’s owner had recently made the decision to move the horse back from fences which subsequently paid off in Saturday’s racing schedule.

Much of the attention going into the race surrounded three time champion The New One. Emotions were high amongst the connections of the horse and the supportive racegoers. Despite a positive start to the race the ten year old horse was pulled up before the final hurdle in his last race before retirement. Connections to the horse spoke how disappointed they were and how they felt the horse “didn’t have it in him any more”.

Brain Power however is set for further success following the impressive win at Cheltenham. The victory set the horse up nicely for The Festival in 2019. Odds were slashed from 50/1 to 25/1 for The Champion Hurdle. The odds could now make Brain Power an each way contender at the prestigious Cheltenham Festival next year. Despite contenders pulling out strong performances during the race, Brain Power managed to quicken and tackle the final bend with conviction.

The seven year old faced a difficult racing career over fences, hence the decision to move. Previous meetings had not proven as successful for the horse. In March we saw Brain Power finish second in the Arkle Trophy however fell in a final Aintree outing. This season we also saw the horse beaten in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham. Which all further highlights the reasoning behind Michael Buckley’s move.


Bryony Frost Wins The Caviar Gold Cup

Elsewhere at Cheltenham The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup race also took place on Saturday. The Grade 3 handicap steeplechase is a true test for any horse with over 2m 4f of racetrack to cover. Champion jockey Bryony Frost further added to her growing reputation with a Caviar Gold Cup win at the weekend. Teamed up with Frodon the pair put on an enviable performance which could only take them to the top spot.

Despite strong competition from the French horse Cepage, Frodon managed to keep him at bay with a length and a quarter defeat. Although the runner was carrying a top weight of 11st and 12lb’s at the race the pair managed to finish victorious. Arguably one of the best weight carrying performances of the entire season Frost really did put on a performance many should envy.

Frost always speaks enthusiastically following races and this weekend was no different. She spoke highly of Frodon stating he is a “brave horse and complete warrior”. It will be exciting to see what else Bryony Frost has in store for us throughout the remainder of the racing season.

Cheltenham Races: What’s Up Next?

Fear not, there’s still plenty to be enjoyed at Cheltenham Racecourse as the season continues right up until spring 2019. The next event to look forward to is Cheltenham New Year’s Day Meeting which is the perfect start for 2019. The festive spirit can still be felt as racing enthusiasts celebrate New Years Day in style with unrivalled hospitality and first-class horse racing. Following that meeting we are one step closer to the popular event of the season. Cheltenham Festival Trials Day is a highlight of the racing calendar that is certain to get everyone geared up for The Festival.

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Grand National 2019: Who Is Targetting the Big Race?

Following an exciting weekend of racing in the Becher Chase at Aintree, everyone is talking about the illustrious upcoming Grand National. The World’s Most Famous horse racing meeting will take place between Thursday 4th April – Saturday 6th April in 2019. Approximately 600 million people are expected to watch the Grand National race on Saturday from all over the world. Each year the meeting is highly anticipated and is the pinnacle of the hunt racing season. Racing enthusiasts can’t wait to see some of the world’s greatest jockeys, trainers and runners all competing for the grand prize.

Becher Chase 2018

The Becher Chase once again returned to Aintree Racecourse on Saturday 8th April 2018  and was an impressive showcase of who the ones to watch this season are. Walk In The Mill stomped to victory four and a half lengths ahead of the starting 18 horse lineup. Ridden by jockey James Best and at odds of 10-1 the pair displayed a strong performance throughout the race, demonstrating a true test of stamina for Walk In The Mill.

The early front-runners however were Call It Magic and Missed Approach who both started strong. However, the course at Aintree presents a long stretch from the final fence to the finish line this enabled those from behind to close in on the competition. It was all to play for in the final moments, with many thinking it would be another win for Vieux Lion Rouge. But Walk In Mill came out on top when it mattered securing the highest paid win for trainer Robert Walford. Both Call It Magic and Missed Approach struggled to make the top three with a fourth and sixth place finish.

The finishing lineup for the race was:

  1. Walk In The Mill: Odds: 10-1, Trained by Robert Walford.
  2. Vieux Lion Rouge: Odds: 11-1, Trained by David Pipe
  3. Ultragold: Odds: 12-1, Trained By Colin Tizzard
  4. Call It Magic: Odds: 4-1, Trained by Ross O’Sullivan
  5. Federici: Odds: 33-1, Trained by Donald McCain
  6. Missed Approach: Odds: 12-1, Trained by Warren Greatrex
  7. Just A Par: Odds: 50-1, Trained by James Moffat
  8. Present Man: Odds: 11-1, Trained by Paul Nicholls
  9. Noble Endeavor: Odds: 14-1, Trained by A C Stewart
  10.  Crosshue Boy: Odds: 12-1, Trained by Sean Thomas Doyle
  11. Blaklion: Odds: 9-2, Trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
  12. Dare To Endeavour: Odds: 66-1, Trained by Patrick Griffin

Following the races on Saturday the connections to Walk In The Mill spoke of the team’s plans for the big race in April. A return to Aintree is most definitely on the cards. Robert Walford spoke of how delighted they were with the impressive ride both James Best and Walk In The Mill displayed and he said now there’s only one way to go.

With the National Hunt season well underway there is plenty to look forward to ahead of the Grand National and we are now starting to see those really targetting Aintree for next year which is exciting.

Grand National 2019 Targets

All the excitement from Saturday’s race day has many speculating targets for Grand National. The official weights lunch will take place in February 2019 and here we will discover what horses have made the top weights for 2019. In 2018 we saw Definitly Red top the weights with 11st and 101b and a rating of 165. But who is hoping to come out top in 2019?

Gary Moore is just one of many of the illustrious trainers with their dreams set on a Grand National win. He is hoping previous Ascot champion Traffic Fluide will make the 2019 line-up. The horses return this season has already been impressive and he is set to be in fighting form for a run at Aintree next year. Moore believes Traffic Fluide “is made for the Grand National” and is hoping to train his first horse there next year. The odds of Traffic Fluide being a Grand National horse are currently 50-1, will he make it to Aintree?

The great return of Grand National hero. In 2017 One For Arthur stole the hearts of the nation and became the second Scottish trained horse to ever win the Grand National. Finishing four and a half lengths ahead of the other horses. However, 20 months on and despite a serious leg injury One for Arthur returned to his victorious home, Aintree. The comeback was highly anticipated, however, the horse fell, unseating jockey Tom Scudamore at fence three. This was not the outcome many had hoped for or anticipated. However, trainer Lucinda Russell claimed the horse was now fine and was just “over-enthusiastic”. Despite this, the connections of the horse are still hopeful for a return to Aintree and expecting a second place finish. In the Ante Post betting the horse is currently at 25/1 in second place behind previous winner Tiger Roll at 20/1.

Despite the odds connections of the horse and jockey Davy Russell believe it is an impossible task for Tiger Roll to win again at Aintree in 2019. A consecutive win hasn’t been achieved since the legendary Red Rum in 1973 and 1974. An extraordinary horse is needed to achieve such a victory. The horse’s prestigious trainer Gordon Elliot spoke that Aintree will not be the main focus of their racing season. They have their hopes set on a victory at Cheltenham instead in the Cross Country Race. It is predicted that Tiger Roll will carry the highest weight in 2019 for the Grand National making it a harder run for him. Do you think Tiger Roll can defy all odds and achieve a consecutive win?

The excitement for the Grand National continues to build and build as we get closer to the meeting. There’s plenty to look forward to from this prestigious steeplechase. Will 2019 be the return of the champions, or will we see new victories?

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Cheltenham Winners: Most Iconic Moments

Cheltenham Festival is regarded as the world’s most popular national hunt racing event. The four day meeting in March is said to attract around 230,000 racegoers year on year. From novice to avid race goer thousands flock to Prestbury Park in hope of seeing some Cheltenham magic in action.

The highlight of the meeting is undoubtedly Cheltenham Gold Cup Day, the biggest day of the entire season. The Gold Cup race is the one everyone looks forward to. Over the years we have seen many extraordinary wins and devastating losses at Cheltenham.

Since its early beginning in 1860 Cheltenham Festival has gone on to be a staple event in the horse racing world, creating once in a lifetime memories for all to enjoy. Ahead of the upcoming Cheltenham Festival, we have compiled the Most Iconic Moments at Cheltenham Racecourse that celebrate the wins of some great champions.

Arkle Wins 1964 Dual

In 1964 many were lucky to witness one of the greatest races ever between Great Britain’s best runners; Arkle and Mill House. The defending champion Mill House had met his match with Arkle in 1964’s racing season.

With a five length finish, Arkle dominated the race beating the favourite and previous winner at odds of 7/4. This was the year where the great Irish winner really made a name for himself, with many referencing to a “star being born”.

Following that iconic win, Arkle went on to have a truly impressive racing career. Arkle started as the favourite to win for every other race that followed. He will long be remembered as an iconic horse with three Gold Cup wins, a King George and Irish Grand National victory.

Five Winning Horses for Michael Dickinson

1983 saw arguably one of the most iconic moments in Cheltenham Festival history. Trainer Michael Dickinson was the first and only trainer to have five of his horses finish in the top five. At only 33 years old the trainer achieved the unimaginable. The Dickinson camp truly came out on top from this race.

The whole racecourse was stunned by such an achievement. The winning horse from the “famous five” was Bregawn. Since the victory, the Dickinson team spoke of how the race was hard on the winning horse and would now be considered as excessive use of the whip. They stated that at the time there was only one Gold Cup and they wanted the win.

Dickinson’s triumph is unlikely to ever be reciprocated.

A Double Win For Dawn Run

Best known for her successes at Cheltenham, Dawn Run is regarded as the most successful race mare in National Hunt Racing history. The first win came in 1984 where she won the Champion Hurdle and the second in the 1986 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Her achievements are long remembered within the horse racing circuit, due to the history she made. She still stands as the only racehorse to win both the Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup. She was the second mare in history to win the Champion Hurdle and at the time one of only four who had previously won the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Her impressive racing ability and skill will long be remembered. She was a popular horse that saw a cheer like no other as she returned to the winner’s enclosure following her second win.

Dessie Wins The 1989 Gold Cup

One of the nation’s most popular runners formerly named as Desert Orchid ran to victory in the 1989 Cheltenham Gold Cup Race. The grey horse managed to secure a successful victory despite the testing racing conditions. With torrential rain hammering down on the Cheltenham Racecourse his trainers considered pulling him out of the race.

Dessie had a successful racing career, particularly at Kempton. With the horse more familiar with 2m chase races the Gold Cup Race seemed somewhat of a stretch for the horse. However, this didn’t stop him from winning.

With the nation behind him and the crowd cheering him on the great horse was only more determined to win. In an exciting finish with Yahoo, the people’s favourite Dessie gave the whole crowd what they wanted, a Cheltenham win.

The Victorious Underdog

Norton Coin is best known for his triumphant and unbelievable 1990 Cheltenham Gold Cup win. The racehorse shot to victory at odds of 100/1 ridden by jockey McCourt. The horse ran a steady race throughout remaining closely behind the main contenders for the majority of the time. Coming up to the final stretch Ten Of spades fell which put Norton Coin in a close third. The previous champion Dessie began to tire and at the final fence it was race between Norton Coin and Toby Tobias.

Norton Coin led to victory winning by three quarters of a length. Finishing with a time of 6 minutes and 30.9 seconds he broke records. What a great triumph for the outsider which further highlights the magic that can happen at Cheltenham.

They are just five of the most iconic moments from Cheltenham Festival. All of which celebrate world class racing and impressive talent. This is just a small look into all the great that can happen at Cheltenham. The event is steeped in history, achievement, and success all of which contribute to the popularisation of the race. Cheltenham Festival will long be remembered for showcasing some of the world’s greatest horses, trainers and jockeys and putting them on a platform for the whole world to see.

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Many Clouds: The Grand National Legend

Dubbed as the “people’s horse” Grand National champion Many Clouds certainly had an impact on the nation. His success, story and legacy will long be treasured in the world of horse racing.

But why was he given such a title? Let’s uncover the story of the great horse a little further and explore all that went into his successes.

Early life and Racing Background

Many Clouds was a traditionally brown gelding that was bred in County Cork, Ireland by Aidan Aherne. The great horse was trained throughout his racing career by Oliver Sherwood, one of the finest trainers in the UK. Sherwood began his training career in 1984 after being encouraged by the legendary Fred Winter.

In the 2011-12 season, Many Clouds began his racing career with National Hunt Flat Races. He certainly made an impression with a winning debut at Wetherby Racecourse, but that was just the start of what was to come. The seasons to come saw Many Clouds progress and progress. He quickly became the horse to watch.

Successful wins over the seasons came from all of the UK’s greatest racecourses. He ended the 2013/14 season a chaser and was readily prepared for the big races to come. Throughout wins at Newbury Racecourse and in Carlisle Sherwood spoke even more admirably about the great horse’s achievements, stating he is “A live Gold Cup horse”.

However, his first Cheltenham Gold Cup appearance wasn’t as successful as the team had hoped. A sixth place finished left many questioning what the rest of the season would hold for the Irish bred runner.

Grand National 2015

If the decision on the 2015 Grand National race was solely down to Oliver Sherwood Many Clouds never would have run. However, owner Trevor Hemmings and jockey Leighton Aspell believed the great horse was ready. A month later following a loss at Cheltenham, Many Clouds was back and ready for the world’s most prestigious steeplechase.

He was placed at a weight of 11 stone 9 which was just under the top weight held by Lord Windermere and at odds of 25/1. He ran closely behind the leading front for the majority of the race. However, an opportunity came when Druid’s Nephew fell and Many Clouds certainly took it. He stormed forward to a five fence lead, with the other’s struggling to catch up. He finished three lengths ahead of second place Saint Are.

An extraordinary win for so many reasons. At a winning time of 8 minutes and 56.8 seconds, he secured the second quickest time in the history of the Grand National. He also won with the highest weight carried since 1974 when Red Rum won his second Grand National. Finally, it is a season to certainly be proud of. No horse had ever won both the Hennessy Gold Cup and Grand National in the same season. Following the race Aspell exclaimed that “it was the best ride of my life over these fences”.

The popularity of the horse skyrocketed following the win and he quickly became the “people’s champion”. In 2015 he was named horse of the year as a result of such a successful season.

Cheltenham 2017

In 2017 Many Clouds returned to Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day for the Cotswold Chase. He started at odds 8/1 and his biggest competition was favourite Thistlecrack who started at odds of 4/9. Many Clouds ran well throughout the race and finished in a photo-finish win closely followed by Thistlecrack. However, the glory of the win was short lived.

The horse collapsed after the winning post and was shortly pronounced dead. The whole racecourse was stunned into silence. Sadness was felt throughout the course that day and it will never be forgotten. Oliver Sherwood spoke of how he was a “horse of a lifetime and died doing what he loves most. Also stating that from his 32 years of horse training horses as talented as Many Clouds do not come around often.

A nation of people were no doubt devastated by the loss of their champion horse. His legacy will long be celebrated throughout the horse racing world.

Cheltenham Remember Many Clouds

In January 2018 many flocked to Prestbury Park for a day dedicated to the life of Many Clouds a year after he sadly passed away. Oliver Sherwood was the main focus of the day and took part in a question and answers sessions. Two screenings of the short film Many Clouds The People’s Champion was also played.

Sherwood spoke of how it was an honour that people were still talking about and remembering the life of Many Clouds. He continued to encourage the notion that Many Clouds life should be celebrated and it is not wise to look back. Although it has been hard he stated it was mission to find another like Many Clouds one day.

The story of Many Clouds impacted many throughout the world. It is a story riddled with extraordinary victories but one that brings so much sadness too. However, there’s no doubt that Many Clouds will be remembered for so many great things. He was an exceptionally talented horse that made a huge difference in such a short period of time. He will long be the people’s champion.

The greatest part of this story is Many Clouds impressive Grand National win. Many would have not seen such talent in their lifetime. The magic of Aintree will long be felt. So much joy can be felt throughout the grounds at Aintree and it is most certainly a must go event.

Grand National 2019

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Cheltenham Races: Everything you need to know about the 2018/19 season

Discover more about all the Cheltenham Races at Prestbury Park

You can enjoy impressive jump racing action throughout the National Hunt Season at Cheltenham Racecourse in Prestbury Park. Whether a racing enthusiast, complete novice or simply going with friends any occasion at Cheltenham is sure to be a good one. The horse racing season is always a highlight of the sporting calendar with many highly anticipated Cheltenham races. With so much going on throughout the season it can be difficult to decide on which races to attend. We are here to help. Let’s delve into a season of racing and discover which Cheltenham race is for you.

Cheltenham Showcase Meeting

The opening meeting of the Cheltenham Races typically begins on the last Friday of October. The Showcase Meeting lasts for two days and certainly delivers on what many horse racing enthusiasts have been anticipating. The first fixture of the season will see leading jockeys, horses and trainers once again return to the home of racing. This is the first chance that those less familiar with the Prestbury Park course will be able to inspect the course and try their hand at battling the twists and turns. The highly anticipated opener is often enjoyed mostly by racing enthusiasts as oppose to novices and celebrity guests.

Both the Friday and Saturday guarantee to provide guests with a day full of exciting racing. With both days hosting a total of seven races each, there really is plenty to look forward to at the Showcase Meeting. This is the first opportunity for punters, avid racegoers, trainers and jockeys alike to suss out the competition and begin to anticipate who to watch that season. Popular races from the weekend include The Maiden Hurdle, The Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase, The Handicap Hurdle (Series Qualifier) and the Novices’ Chase.

Are you a racing enthusiast that wants to see all the seasons front-runners first in action? If so then the Cheltenham Showcase Meeting is definitely for you. Prepare for the 2019 event and get booked in for a VIP hospitality experience. Treat your work colleagues, clients or friends to an unforgettable racing experience in your very own private box. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a race day at Cheltenham in style?

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Cheltenham November Meeting 

The Cheltenham November Meeting is undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated racing events to be hosted at Cheltenham Racecourse. The three day spectacular is the perfect way to enjoy some of the finest racing at the iconic race track. From the November meeting, you can expect to see Novice racing, Grade Two races and Handicap Hurdles.  The action is exhilarating and exciting so it is no surprise as to why the event attracts huge popularity year on year. Popular races from the weekend include the BetVictor Gold Cup, The Greatwood Hurdle and The Shloer Chase. 2018 winners included: Baron Alco and Brian Ellison’s Nietzsche.

The Cheltenham November Meeting once again provides the opportunity to spot early front-runners from the line-up ahead of the pinnacle Cheltenham Festival meeting in March. Historically the November Meeting was originally named the Cheltenham Open. However, this name sparked confusion within the sporting world. Many believed that it was unwise to have two major sporting events referred to with the title The Open (the other event being golf) in. Following this, the Jockey Club and R&A met to discuss the names of the event and ultimately decided that it would be best to change the name of the race at Cheltenham.

If you are someone that wants to get in on all the horse racing action from early and experience the magic of a day at the Cheltenham Races then the November Meeting is for you. Treat your guests and clients to an unrivalled experience in 2019 with VIP hospitality like no other. Experience all the thrills and action from the Cheltenham November Meeting in true style.

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Cheltenham International Meeting 

One of the major highlights of the National Hunt Season has to be the Cheltenham International Meeting. The racing weekend plays a crucial part in the popular term “The Road To Cheltenham”. A key race from the weekend; The International Hurdle is one of seven races that are highly popularised and integral to the build up of the prestigious Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival. The event is always hosted mid December a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. The festive cheer can be felt throughout the course, with decorations and mulled wine aplenty.

Highlighted races from the weekend include Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (December Gold Cup) and The International Hurdle. The second day of the meeting attracts competitors from as far as Europe who are all hoping to be crowned victorious at the Cheltenham Races. The action packed weekend is certain to provide you with a dose of all the horse racing action you need. Combined with festive cheer there really is no better way to enjoy a racing experience.

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Cheltenham New Years Day

The festive spirit continues at Cheltenham Racecourse with the New Years Day Meeting. Hosted on New Years Day, many flock to Prestbury Park for a horse racing experience like no other. The electric yet festive atmosphere is definitely worth being a part of. This event really does cater for everyone, whether you are a regular racegoer, newbie or a family looking for New Years Day activities the whole family can enjoy a day at Cheltenham Races.

The day consists of seven races which typically start around midday. Races to look out for on the day include the Grade Two Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle and the Grade Three Betbright Handicap Chase. The day is a great opener for what is to come from Cheltenham in the new year. It is also a great way to get in the mood for the prestigious Cheltenham Festival. The three month countdown begins and the excitement can be felt throughout Cheltenham.

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Festival Trials Day

It’s the final countdown! The buzz around Cheltenham Festival is well underway and the Festival Trials Day event is certain to get everyone in the mood for racing. You can expect to see some of the best UK horses, jockeys and trainers all in attendance hoping to grab a winning title. The high class racing gives you one last opportunity to see who your front runner will be for the main event in March. Bets most definitely are on.

Renowned racing from Festival Trials Day includes The Cleeve Hurdle, BetBright Chase, The World Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup.  Which one are you most looking forward to? Champion jockeys from 2018 included Bryony Frost and Lizzie Kelly. Definitly Red was one of the triumphant horses from the weekend with a first place finish in the BetBright Trial Cotswold race. Be there to see who will be triumphant in 2019. Be one of the first to see Cheltenham Festival 2019 contenders in action.

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Cheltenham Festival 2019

Here’s the one we have all been waiting for the prestigious Cheltenham Festival. Dubbed as the worlds most popular horse racing event it really is a highlight of the hunt racing season. Hundreds of thousands of racegoers flock to Prestbury Park across the four day meeting all in hopes of capturing some of Cheltenham magic. In 2019 the Cheltenham Festival will run from Tuesday 12th -Friday 15th March. The biggest meeting of the season will certainly not disappoint. With four days full of immense racing action there’s so much to take in. Whether you are an avid racegoer, beginner to the racecourses or simply just here for fun we are certain you will all enjoy a day worth remembering.

Cheltenham Festival kicks off with Champion Day. The day features four impressive Grade One races for you and your guests to savour. The feature of the day is undoubtedly the Unibet Champion Hurdle. In 2018, we saw Buveur D’Air win the Champion Hurdle ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty. The day is a great opening for all the exhilarating action to come at Cheltenham Racecourse that week.

Cheltenham Ladies Day is the one that follows, hosted on Wednesday 13th March in 2019. Get glammed up and enjoy inspired by fashion as well as top class racing. The highlight event is, of course, The Queen Mother Champion Chase. In 2018 Altior finished victorious after an exhilarating race. This day attracts a lot of popularity as well as celebrity guests, as everyone is keen to get dressed up and enjoy a day at the races.

Cheltenham St Patricks Day brings along all the luck of the Irish for an electric day at Prestbury Park. The atmosphere at Cheltenham St Patricks Day is certainly electric. Attracting thousands and thousands of visitors each year it really is the perfect atmosphere for a celebration. The featured race of the day is the Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle which was won in 2018 by Penhill.

The final, most pinnacle day of the entire horse racing season is Cheltenham Gold Cup Day. The day we have all been waiting for. A true test of ability, stamina and speed will see only the greatest horses come out victorious. The 2018 Gold Cup winner was the great Native River who finished first after a nail-biting duel with Might Bite.

Overall, the Cheltenham Festival is definitely an event that everyone should experience first hand. Experience all the thrills from Cheltenham Festival 2019 in true style with our luxurious corporate hospitality packages. You can book hospitality for you and your guests in private boxes, the long run restaurant or the renowned Silks facility. Highlights from the VIP packages included fine dining, champagne receptions and complimentary bars, what more could you want?

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Cheltenham April Meeting 

The penultimate event at Cheltenham Racecourse starts the conclusion of the exhilarting national hunt season in the best way. From the April Meeting you can expect two midweek race days full of superb racing and thrills. The perfect way to relish in a last minute Cheltenham Races experience. Highlights from day one include the Grade 2 Handicap Chase worth £50,000 as well as other high class races. On day two, you can expect much of the same. The day is pretty much exclusive to mares in training and four of the seven races are dedicated to mares.

See all your favourite trainers and horses wrap up the jump racing season in style and begin to say your final goodbyes to the Cheltenham Races.

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Cheltenham Hunter Chase Meeting

Say your final goodbye to Cheltenham Racecourse at the Hunter Chase Meeting. The final curtain call will be held on Friday 3rd May 2019 and will once again provide you with an evening full of racing highlights. The evening of jump racing action creates an electric buzz that can be felt all around Prestbury Park. A final goodbye to the spectcaluar Cheltenham Races and a thrilling season.

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There you have it! A full breakdown of everything you can expect from all Cheltenham Races throughout the season. Have we helped you in deciding which day is best for you and your guests? There’s plenty of racing action to be enjoyed at Cheltenham Racecourse. Whether the big showstopper event or smaller race days throughout the year, we are certain you will find your perfect fit.

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Royal Ascot’s Most Iconic Horses

Royal Ascot is an unrivalled event. The five days alone attracts well over 300,000 racegoers who enjoy everything this splendid meeting has to offer. From a multitude of Group One races to the statement fashion choices displayed and luxurious hospitality options – Royal Ascot has much to adore.

As the excitement for Royal Ascot 2019 continues to build, we’ve put together five of the most iconic horses to run in Royal Ascot history. Perfect for fuelling your desire for next year’s event!

A History of Great Runners at Royal Ascot

Brown Jack (1924–1948)

A horse of many talents – Brown Jack was a thoroughbred racehorse that raced both on hurdles and on flat. He specialised in longer races and throughout his career won in many prominent races including: Cheltenham’s Champion Hurdle and the Queen Alexandra Stakes.

During the years of 1929 and 1934, Brown Jack achieved victory which is highly unlikely to be repeated again. The runner won the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot for six years in a row – an achievement like no other!

The fact that Brown Jack started his career as hurdler is a unique trait. As a four year old, he attained glory at Cheltenham Festival before he switched to flat racing in the same year. Demonstrating his talent in different forms.

Brown Jack also won the Ascot Stakes title in 1928, his trainer Ivor Antony saw him win a further ten titles over the next six years.

In honour of the prolific winner, Ascot holds a spectacular bronze statue of the horse.

Estimate (foaled 2009)

The Irish-bred horse Estimate is a thoroughbred racehorse who has won many major titles. A notable victory was the Queen’s Vase that she won at Royal Ascot when she was a three-year-old. The runner continued to attain success, winning the Sagaro Stakes and the Gold Cup.

The superstar filly is owned by Queen Elizabeth II and trained by Sir Michael Stoute.

Indeed, the Royal family have always been closely allied with Royal Ascot and a victory for a horse, such as Estimate, bearing The Queen’s colours is celebrated and cherished more than any other winner.

In 2012, Sir Michael Stoute trained Estimate who carried the Queen’s silks into the Royal Ascot winners’ enclosure, after taking the Queen’s Vase title with Ryan Moore.

The next year, the four-year-old filly entered into grade one racing for the first time when she ran in the Ascot Gold Cup. Ryan Moore timed his late charge to complete perfection and Estimate was able to make history and claim Gold Cup glory for the Royal Family for the first time.

Yeats (foaled 2001)

Another phenomenal racer – Yeats is an Irish thoroughbred racehorse who has seven Group One victories to his name. He is also the only horse to win Ascot’s Gold Cup four times successively.

Yeats’ four successive Gold Cup triumphs during 2006 and 2009 ensures he goes down in history as one of the greatest horses ever to grace the Royal Ascot turf. Much to the glory of trainer Aiden O’Brien.

His wins in the Coronation and Goodwood Cups helped in setting a great platform for his future successes.

The runner’s dominant displays in the Gold Cup earned him the honour of European Champion Stayer four years in a row.

Shortly after his retirement, Royal Ascot paid tribute to the four-time champion. In 2011, a statue within the Parade Ring was established, forever commemorating Yeats’ extraordinary accomplishments.

Black Caviar (foaled 2006)

The international superstar that is Black Caviar. The Australian thoroughbred racehorse was undefeated in twenty five races, including fifteen Group One victories.

In 2012, Australia’s most celebrated horse ran the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, establishing a commanding lead to triumph in the final furlong.

Black Caviar retired as one of the most famous horses around the world. With the privilege of ending her career with a flawless record of twenty five consecutive victories. Nonetheless, her stunning performances at Royal Ascot shines brightest.

Frankel (foaled 2008)

The best horse ever seen. Frankel is British Thoroughbred racehorse who managed to remain unbeaten in his fourteen-race career and was the highest-rated racehorse in the world from May 2011.

His trainer, the late and great Sir Henry Cecil described him as “the best horse I have ever seen” – a grand title to bear to say the least.

Frankel’s 2011 performance in the 2011 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes certainly contributed in establishing his formidable reputation as one of the greatest.

His commanding display in the 2000 Guineas was one that cemented his legacy. The other competitors knew they were in the presence of significant greatness as Tom Queally drove his mount clear of all his Royal Ascot pursuers with incredible ease.

After the Queen Anne Stakes on Champions Day, Frankel was awarded a rating of 147 – the highest rating to ever be bestowed on a racer. Undoubtedly cementing his name as one of the greatest of all time.

Who Will Make History at Royal Ascot 2019?

As we pay tribute to these glorious horses, room must be made for the next generation of iconic runners.

With Royal Ascot 2019 speedily coming upon us, it will be interesting to see which horses will make history at one of Britain’s most prized horse racing events. You do not want to miss out!

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Cheltenham Festival: Top 20 Fun Facts

Cheltenham Racecourse – What’s on?

The Cheltenham Festival is the biggest meeting of the National Hunt Season. Hundreds of thousands of racing enthusiasts flock to Prestbury Park courses each year for a horse racing event like no other. The four days of the festival showcase some of the finest jump racing action in the horse racing world. There’s plenty to love and enjoy about Cheltenham Racing. The atmosphere, action and unrivalled thrills are something both enthusiasts and novices saviour.

Cheltenham Racecourse isn’t just famed for one event of the year. There’s plenty going on throughout the National Hunt Season. Upcoming events include the Cheltenham November Meeting. Hosted on Friday 16th – Saturday 18th November, racegoers flock to Cheltenham for some fine racing action. The Cheltenham November Meeting is one of the most highly anticipated events of the season. Some of the high class racing includes The BetVictor Gold Cup, The Greatwood Hurdle and The Shloer Chase.

The racing action continues in December with the Cheltenham International Meeting on Friday 14th December to Saturday 15th December. This is another highlight of the racing season, with top races including the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (December Gold Cup) and The International Hurdle.

There’s plenty of racing action to enjoy throughout the season at Cheltenham. However, the highlight of the season undoubtedly is the prestigious Cheltenham Festival. For many years the Cheltenham Festival has provided us with plenty of triumphant wins and devastating losses.

Want to learn a little more about the great Cheltenham Festival? Discover below our top 20 fun facts and learn all the fun quirks that make Cheltenham Festival so great.

Top 20 Fun Cheltenham Festival Facts:

The Olden Days
1. The first Cheltenham Gold Cup race was in 1924 with a prize fund of £685.

It’s a big crowd
2. 230,000 horse racing enthusiasts will flock to Prestbury Park for Cheltenham Festival meeting each year.

Long way to go
3. The length of the racetrack is 5.3 metres long which is the second largest after the Grand National at Aintree.

VIP Hospitality
4. 40,000 hospitality guests are served over the four day period.

One time only
5. The Cheltenham Festival has only ever been cancelled once which was due to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in 2001.

Luck of the Irish
6. 10,000 Irish Fans are said to attend each day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Quid’s In
7. The total prize money across the four days is reportedly just over £4.5 million.

Lucky Number 2
8. Dawn Run is the name of the only horse ever to win both the Champion Hurdle (1984) and the Cheltenham Gold Cup (1986).

Goodbye Savings
9. Over £600,000,000 is spent on Cheltenham Festival betting each year.

Chips anyone?
10. A massive 20,000 portions of chips will be consumed during the four days.

Cheltenham Legend
11. Golden Miller is the only racehorse to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup on five consecutive occasions.

Feeling 22
12. A total of 22 fences are jumped during the Cheltenham Gold Cup race.

Value for money
13. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most valuable non-handicap chase in Britain.

It’s your round
14. A massive 220,000 pints of the Irish drink Guinness is said to be consumed each year.

Supporting the locals
15. On average the festival brings in around £100 million each year into the local Gloucestershire economy.

Looking for a job?
16. More than 6000 temporary workers are employed for the four day festival.

Making rush hour traffic seem fun
17. Around 105,000 people travel through Cheltenham Spa Station over the four days.

A treat for racing enthusiasts
18. A total of 27 National Hunt races are ran during the Festival.

Food is served
19. The canapés are always in full swing as a massive 3 tonnes of smoked salmon is consumed every year.

Cheltenham Festival Royalty
20. Ruby Walsh is the most successful Cheltenham Festival jockey who once received 7 wins in a year.

Cheltenham Racecourse Hospitality

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Discover more about the exclusive Cheltenham Racecourse Hospitality we have on offer by choosing below which day you would like to attend:

The November Meeting
The International Meeting
New Years Day Meeting
Festival Trials Day Meeting

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Grand National Victories: The Story of Red Rum

What made Red Rum one of the greatest racehorses of all time?

Red Rum is by far one of the most iconic racehorses that have ever lived. Regarded as one of the most popular horses of the twentieth century, his legacy has yet to fade.

Red Rum is remembered for iconic wins, enviable talent and for being a great Grand National contender. His victories have never been beaten.

Red Rum’s Early Life

Irish born Red Rum was foaled in 1965 at Rossenarra Stud in County Kilkenny. The name Red Rum came from his sire and dam’s names which were: Quorum out of Mared.

Red Rum was born an average size and early breeding set him up to be a sprinter on flat ground. Once Red Rum became a yearling he was sold to Manchester manufacturer Maurice Kingsley. His racing career started soon after.

It began with low-value races which saw Red Rum finish in a dead heat at his first Aintree appearance. From this, he went onto race more and more and his successes quickly began to pile up. Races at Warwick and Doncaster saw him win over seven furlongs at just the tender age of two years old.

Initially, in the early stages of his life, the horse was passed from trainer to trainer. Foot injuries and “lack of promise” led to him being sold to Ginger McCain for 6000 guineas. This is where Red Rum found his footing. The pair famously trained at Southport beaches and got on well from the offset.

Grand National Victories

In 1973 Red Rum started the Grand National race at Aintree with a 9-1 lead. Ridden by the previous winner Brian Fletcher, the race was destined to be a success. Red Rum went onto to achieve his first Aintree Grand National win with three-quarters of a length lead against favourite Crisp. He also managed to beat the 1935 record set by Reynoldstown.

The first lap of the race, however, would have predicted a different outcome. Crisp had a significant lead right from the outset with his closest competitor being Grey Sombrero. However, his lead went onto increase further when Grey Sombrero fell at The Chair giving Crisp a 20 length lead.

Red Rum was not far behind though and quickly broke away from the pack. At the 30th fence Crisp was a huge 15 lengths ahead, however, he quickly began to tire. Red Rum was able to make up considerable ground allowing him to beat Crisp in a record-breaking time of nine minutes.

The dramatic final length between Red Rum and Crisp has been regarded as one of the sports greatest moments of all time.

Red Rum and Brian Fletcher managed to secure a second Grand National win in 1974. All of which despite carrying the top weight of 12 stone. Red Rum just missed out on the title for his following two Grand National appearances. Yet in 1977 we saw an unimaginable comeback.

The 1977 Grand National race was highly anticipated throughout the world. With many flocking to Aintree to see if the great horse could make it third time lucky. This time rode by jockey Tommy Stack the pair captured the nation with an impressive finish. The nation’s favourite “Rummy” secured his final Grand National victory with a huge 25 length lead.

Horse Racing Trainer: Ginger McCain

The bond between Ginger McCain and Red Rum was something truly special. Ginger McCain was an eccentric trainer who’s love of Aintree was infectious. In an interview following the passing of Red Rum McCain spoke of how Red Rum started out as a villain to many. His defeat against Crisp was described to closely resemble the story of the hare and the tortoise. People had backed Crisp and were behind him and Red Rum came to steal the victory.

However, as time went on it was clear that Red Rum had captured the imaginations of the nation. McCain spoke fondly of Red Rum stating there will never be another horse like him. He spoke how the horse thrived off the atmosphere at Aintree and how the pair made it their home.

They were both good for each other and the legacies they achieved will long be remembered.

Retirement and Legacy

Red Rum retired from horse racing in 1978 which led to an influx of public appearances. From Christmas light turn on’s to TV appearances Red Rum was in high demand. A highlight was his 30th birthday celebrations at Aintree. This attracted a huge crowd which went onto highlight how loved the great horse was.

In 1995 he sadly passed away which devastated the country. His passing was covered on the front pages of all the national newspapers. His legacy, however, continues to live on. His victories are unlikely ever to be beaten and the lasting memories will never fade. Buried at the winning post at Aintree seemed most fitting and his tribute plaque reads:

Respect this place
This hallowed ground
A legend here
His rest has found.
His feet would fly
Our spirits soar
He earned our love

The love and admiration for Red Rum will never fade. He really is a true icon of the sporting world.

Randox Health Grand National

It’s fascinating to see how the victories of past icons still impact sport today. The Grand National still continues to provide nail-biting action and triumphant wins year on year. Capturing a nation’s attention and viewers from all over the world. At Eventmasters we believe everyone should experience the buzz at Aintree during the Grand National meeting.

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