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The Next Big Race: Grand National 2019 Runners

Grand National at Aintree Racecourse is the next big race on the cards following Cheltenham Festival! The world renowned steeplechase will gather horse racing enthusiasts from all over the globe for three days of exhilarating National Hunt Racing action in April.

Ahead of the highly anticipated Grand National race which takes place on Grand National Day, find out more about these top ten prominent runners.

Key Runners at Grand National

Tiger Roll

Weight: 11-1  | Age: 9 | Trainer: Gordon Elliott | Odds: 10/1

Could last year’s Grand National Winner become the next horse to win the prestigious race twice in a row? This success has not been achieved since 1974 when Red Rum won in both 1973 and 1974. Last year he won with a large weight of 10st 13lbs, however this year he will be carrying more. The leading contender is sure to give fans a thrilling race in the contest to victory. Only time will tell how he will fare at year’s meeting.

Elegant Escape

Weight: 11-4 | Age: 7 | Trainer: Colin Tizzard | Odds: 14/1

Elegant Escape gained victory in this season’s Welsh National. The Colin Tizzard runner could potentially be the first Grand National winner for the leading trainer. Trends tell us that seven year olds have a negative racing record however this contender could certainly defy the odds.

Vintage Clouds

Weight: 10-0 | Age: 9 | Trainer: Sue Smith | Odds: 25/1

Vintage Clouds is another strong contender in the Grand National contest. The horse has won the race a total of three times in previous years. He has experience of the track, having won at Aintree Racecourse back in 2017 and 2018 saw him finish third in the Scottish National carrying a much higher handicap.

Anibale Fly

Weight: 11-6 | Age: 9 | Trainer: Tim Martin | Odds: 16/1

Anibale Fly came in third for the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2017. His owner JP McManus won the Grand National back in 2010 and is certainly seeking a further victory. The rising horse came fourth in the 2018 Grand National renewal and was rated 159. Last year, a mere eleven lengths stood between him and the winner thus it’ll be interesting to see what improvements have been made in the past year.


Weight: 10-10 | Age: 11 | Trainer: Willie Mullins | Odds: 12/1

Rathvinden has experience to his name and has won the 4m race at Cheltenham Festival. If successful in this Grand National bid, the horse will become one of the few eleven year olds to win the race since 2012. In addition to that, he could also also be Willie Mullins’ second Grand National winner!

General Principle

Weight: 10-0 | Age: 10 | Trainer: Gordon Elliott | Odds: 25/1

Another prominent horse trained by Gordon Elliott is General Principle. The horse has great experience having won the Irish Grand National in 2018. He has superb form in gruelling staying races however it will be his first time running on the track at Aintree Racecourse. Provided the ground in soft, General Principle is sure to put in a tough challenge for this race.

Mall Dini

Weight: 10-4 | Age: 9 | Trainer: Patrick Kelly | Odds: 20/1

Though the horse has yet to win over fences, he’s got a solid form and has seen steady improvements. After coming in a close second at Cheltenham Festival’s Kim Muir, he must build on that success in the run up to the grand race!

Rock The Kasbah

Weight: 10-9 | Age: 9 | Trainer: Philip Hobbs | Odds: 20/1

Though best suited to good surfaces, Rock The Kasbah has still been able to achieve victory on soft surfaces. He has a proven record of finishing within the top two over fences so we’ll be looking forward to seeing if he can finish in first and make it a first Grand National win for trainer Philip Hobbs.

Walk In The Mill

Weight: 10-0 | Age: 9 | Trainer: Robert Walford | Odds: 33/1

This season, Walk In The Mill showed great signs of improvement having won the Becher Chase! Last year he was a 2018 Grand National Reserve. Having experience over these fences in particular, we’re excited to see how he will fare this year.

Up For Review

Weight: 10-12 | Age: 10 | Trainer: Willie Mullins | Odds: 25/1

Up For Review is another Willie Mullins trained horse that should not be underestimated. The horse has been kept fresh this season and has been improving over the past years. Nonetheless he lacks experience jumping over fences and running long distances.

With £1,000,000 up for grabs as the total prize fund, we’re sure that this year’s Grand National race is going to be a memorable one! The intensity of the racing on track and the atmosphere on the stands will certainly make for a thrilling day at the races.

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Grand National 2019: Entries & Trainers Targeting The Race

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

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

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

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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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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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.

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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.

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Grand National History: Top 25 Interesting Facts

The world’s most popular sporting event, the Grand National, has so many hidden facts and historical treasures.

Grand National 2019 is set to be another exciting sporting event and we can’t stop talking about it. Let’s test your Grand National knowledge.

We have put together 25 of our favourite facts about the great race:

First Race

1839 was the first year to hold a Grand National race. The winning horse was named “Lottery” who won with odds at 5-1.

Red Rum

Red Rum is the most famous horse to date with an unbeatable 3 victories and a further two second place finishes. The treasured horse died in 1995 and was buried at the winning post at Aintree Racecourse.


In 1967 Foinavon won at odds 100-1, making this victory one of the most unforgettable of all time.

Longest Time

The winning time for the first Grand National race was a lengthy 14 minutes and 23 seconds.

Bob Champion

A victory that stole many hearts was that of Bob Champion. After recovering from Cancer and despite all the odds he went on to win a race. A movie was then made to capture the inspiring story.

Knock Out

1855 saw a very unlikely turn of events. Sam Darling fell off his horse and was knocked out. The horse coming up behind knocked the jockey in the head which in fact revived him.

Young and Old

The youngest jockey to win the race was Bruce Hobbs who won in 1938 at the age of 17. This was later followed by the oldest jockey Dick Saunders who won at the age of 47 in 1982.

Lucky Dutton

Amateur William Dutton won the race in 1929. His friend had told him he would only win if the other horses fell down, which they did! Only one other horse managed to finish the race alongside Dutton.

The Fences

There are a total of 16 fences on the national course, which are topped with spruce from the Lake District.

Horse Lingo

The unusual names of the horses are often a combination of their Dam and Sire’s name.

Fastest Time

1990 still holds the record for the fastest winning time. Mr Frisk finished the course in an impressive 8 minutes and 47.8 seconds.

Bets On

An estimated £300 million was spent on gambling and bets for the 2017 Grand National.

Aintree Residents

Those that live on the roads closest to Aintree racecourse can get free tickets to the event.

Day Drinking

An average of 250,000 pints are sold during the three day Grand National festival.

Aintree History

Aintree Racecourse gets its name from a Viking settlement, where all the trees but one fell down.


A huge 3500 lamb rumps are consumed from spectators during the festival.

Making History

The 170th Grand National race took place in 2017.

Girl Power

1983 saw the first female trainer Jenny Pitman win the Grand National.

Female Success

Katie Walsh is the most famous female jockey with a third place finish in 2012.

TV Viewers

Over 600 million people tune in from all over the world to watch the Grand National on TV.

Too Many Horses

A mammoth 66 horses started the race in 1929 which caused a multitude of issues for both horse and jockey. This lead to the starting number being capped at 40.

Grand National Legend

Sir Tony McCoy is regarded as horse racing legendary. With 20 races under his belt he is the most experience Grand National rider.


An average of 60% entrants do not finish the race.

Prize Money

The prize money up for grabs is an impressive £1 million.

But first… Tea

For the typical April weather, a mammoth 75000 cups of tea and coffee are consumed at the event.

How many of those did you know? It is so interesting to see all the history and fun facts that surround the Grand National. It is no surprise as to why this sporting event is as popular as it is.

The Grand National 2019 will no doubt make its own history. Make unforgettable memories at this great sporting event with Eventmasters.

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Saddle Up for the Grand National 2019 with Eventmasters Corporate Hospitality

With the National Hunt Season now well underway and the exciting Cheltenham Festival and Grand National showcase almost upon us, there is certainly much for horse racing enthusiasts to relish in the coming months. As a leading supplier of high-quality Horse Racing Hospitality for over 30 years, Eventmasters is thrilled to feature once again at some of the country’s famous racing events. Thanks to our strong affiliations with some of the country’s most renowned racecourses, we excel in delivering a service and experience unrivalled by our closest competitors and certainly look forward to exceeding expectations once again as the season unfolds.

Adding to our impressive range of hospitality offers this year, we are proud to unveil an exciting venture with Aintree Racecourse that sees a brand-new corporate facility on offer for the prestigious Grand National Festival in April 2019. Our lavish restaurant facility – which shares the Silks brand name as seen at the illustrious Cheltenham Festival – will certainly offer guests an experience worth savouring.

Grand National Hospitality 2018 - Silks - Aintree Racecourse

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And if that wasn’t enough to whet the appetite, then the luxurious Corbiere Suite is surely capable of satisfying even the most refined palate. Located on the third floor of the magnificent Lord Sefton Stand, this stunning corporate facility offers guests some of the very best views of the racecourse from the privacy of a deluxe balcony. And with a cordial greeting of morning coffee and pastries, followed by a delectable four-course luncheon and afternoon tea, guests will certainly be left with a race day experience to treasure.

With Eventmasters, you are guaranteed to enjoy the finest Grand National Hospitality experience that the UK has to offer.

It can only be imagined the impression that will be left with your clients, family or friends. While the world’s finest horses and jockeys fight to win the most revered sporting accolades, you’re ensured of slam dunking the experience of a lifetime into the memory baskets of your bedazzled clients.

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Eventmasters Saddle Up For A Thrilling National Hunt Season

With the National Hunt Season underway and the season showcase opening fixture at Cheltenham almost upon us, there is certainly much for horse racing enthusiasts to look forward to in the coming months. Eventmasters, as a leading supplier of high-quality Horse Racing Hospitality for over 30 years, is thrilled to feature once again at some of the country’s famous racing events. Our strong affiliations with the sport and some of the country’s most distinguished race courses have allowed us to deliver a service and experience unrivalled by our competitors, and we are looking forward to exceeding expectations once again as the 2017/18 season unfolds.

Adding to our impressive range of events this year, Eventmasters are proud to unveil an exciting new venture with Aintree Racecourse that sees a brand-new hospitality facility on offer for the prestigious Grand National Festival in April 2018. Our luxuriant restaurant facility – which shares the Silks brand name as seen at the renowned Cheltenham Festival – will certainly offer guests an experience worth savouring.

Overlooking the iconic starting line with sights stretching across Melling Road of the Liverpool track, visitors will be treated to panoramic track views as they witness the thrilling action unfold. This, coupled with exquisite fine dining, delicious drinks and the finest personal hospitality service, will give visitors the chance to enjoy a day at the races like never before. What better way to impress your valued clientele?

Our famed ‘Silks’ brand also features prominently at the illustrious Cheltenham Festival, with the Silks@Frontrunners facility scheduled to make its triumphant return in March 2018. Located directly opposite to the track’s final hurdle, the sumptuous hospitality suite is guaranteed to offer the finest viewing position for guests to enjoy from its very own private balcony facility. With an alluring Champagne reception, four course luncheon and complimentary bar also included, this fabulous corporate entertainment package is sure to leave your bedazzled clients with a superb memory to cherish.

Our fabulous success is confined not only to the hospitality sector however. There also appears to be exciting times ahead for the Eventmasters’ Racing team, with the high flying Monbeg Legend, purchased in May, beginning to fulfil his potential with several key victories to date.

Monbeg Legend opened his account with a tremendous 27 lengths victory at Southwell and has since repeated that fine performance with two splendid victories at Worcester, winning by 1 ¼ and ¾ lengths respectively. The team’s leading horse will hopefully feature in a number of high profile hurdle races this year before embarking on his novice chasing career next season.

If the form book is anything to go by, Monberg Legend’s 2015 point to point victory in Ireland looks very promising, finishing ahead of none other than last year’s PertempsNetwork Final runner up Barney Dwan – could Monbeg Legend feature at the 2018 Cheltenham National Hunt Festival also?

Stabled at Seven Barrows Lambourn with leading National Hunt trainer Nicky Henderson, the horse is certainly in the right hands. The impressive Bay Gelding has sparked optimism amongst the Eventmasters’ team and the Champion trainer could not have been more enthusiastic about the charge at his recent owner’s lunch.

Denise Sheasby, Managing Director of Eventmastersand part-owner of the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup Winner, Imperial Commander, said: ‘It is extremely exciting to be involved with Monbeg Legend, is it too much to dream that he could reach the dizzy heights of Imperial Commander? Having tasted success at the pinnacle of the sport, the desire to return remains strong and the early performances of Monbeg Legend are certainly a step in the right direction. Hopefully he can propel us back to the top table.’

‘We are also absolutely delighted to be affiliated with the country’s most coveted horse racing events. To announce an exciting new venture with Aintree, home to the world’s most famous horse race, is a wonderful step forward as we look to deliver our consistently impeccable and unrivalled corporate hospitality service.’

With Eventmasters, you are guaranteed to enjoy some of the finest Horse Racing Hospitality experiences that the UK has to offer. It can only be imagined the impression that will be left with your clients, family or friends. While the world’s finest horses and jockeys fight to win the most revered sporting accolades, you’re ensured of slam dunking the experience of a lifetime into the memory baskets of your bedazzled clients.

Make Grand National 2019 unforgettable with our VIP tickets and luxurious hospitality packages. With hospitality available on all three days of the event there will be something guaranteed to excite you and your guests.

Grand National 2016 – Aintree the aim for Many Clouds

The Grand National and the Hennessy Gold Cup are the main aims for Aintree hero Many Clouds. The star chaser produced an outstanding performance in the world’s most famous steeplechase last season and will return to defend his crown in front of the guests enjoying Aintree Grand National hospitality packages.

The eight-year-old became the first horse to win the Hennessy and National in the same season and returned to Oliver Sherwood’s Lambourn yard looking “absolutely amazing”. Now Sherwood is planning a repeat assault on two of the biggest handicaps in National Hunt Racing.

Sherwood said “The Hennessy is very much on the agenda and the National is going to be the ultimate goal, but what we do before the Hennessy and between that and the National I haven’t got a clue at the moment. With a horse rated like him there are not a lot of races you can go for, but the Hennessy is very much on the agenda again.” Many Clouds was without doubt one of the stars of last season, winning four of his five races, with his only defeat coming in the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Pendleton begins road to Cheltenham

Double Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton made an encouraging start to her career riding career in a charity race at Newbury on Thursday. Pendleton’s ultimate goal is to ride at the Cheltenham Festival, where Eventmasters provide official Cheltenham Festival hospitality packages from the fantastic Silks@Frontrunners

facility for the biggest meeting in National Hunt racing. It will be a major achievement for the 34-year-old who was part of the British Cycling Team which enjoyed major success at the velodrome during the 2012 London Olympics. During her first race she rode the Lawney Hill-trained Mighty Mambo over 1m5f.

While never looking threatening she stayed on well from off the pace and finished eighth in the chasing pack. The experience was enjoyed fully by Pendleton, who said post-race:

“It was over too quickly. I wish I could do it again it was so much fun. It’s the most incredible feeling and nothing comes close to that moment you first gallop and canter a horse.” (Racing Post)

Trainer Malcom Jefferson will bid farewell to Cheltenham Festival heroes Cape Tribulation and Attaglance as the pair head for a happy retirement. Cape Tribulation won the Pertemps Final at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival before following up at Aintree in the Silver Cross Hurdle.

Attaglance also completed a Cheltenham and Aintree festival double in 2012, with victories in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Hurdle and the John Smiths Daily Mirror Hurdle. Jefferson said:

“Both horses have been brilliant for us. Cape Tribulation has had a great career on the Flat and over hurdles and fences. He also won the Argento Chase at Cheltenham and ran well in a Gold Cup. He’s had a good innings.”

“Attaglance also did us proud. He picked up a little injury, which will keep him out for a year, so it makes sense to retire him now. We’ll miss having both of them around.” (Racing Post)

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