There was no fairytale ending for Eventmasters horse racing hospitality ambassador AP McCoy as Grand National favourite Shutthefrontdoor finished fifth in the champion jockeys final ride in the world’s most famous steeplechase at Aintree. Eventmasters guests enjoyed our fantastic Grand National Hospitality Packages.
Shutthefrontdoor was the long-time ante post favourite for the Aintree showpiece but glory went to Many Clouds, who finished sixth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March. Many Clouds jumped superbly throughout and hit the front with five fences to go, and despite carrying 11st 9lbs he stayed on well to record a famous win.
Trainer Oliver Sherwood has said the Hennessey winner will be looked to defend his crown next season even though he is set to carry top weight. Even though he was unable to win his final Grand National, McCoy produced a brilliant ride on Don Cossack in Fridays Melling Chase. Don Cossack finished third at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival but destroyed a high class field by 26 lengths.
Saphir Du Rheu bounced back from his defeat in the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival with a romping 15 length win in Friday’s Mildmay Novice Chase, and trainer Paul Nicholl’s believes he has a Cheltenham Gold Cup contender on his hands.
The Nicky Henderson trained Whisper reversed the Cheltenham Festival form with Cole Harden and won his second Liverpool Stayers Hurdle on Saturday. With Gold Cup winning jockey Nico De Boinville in the saddle Whisper was driven out to a three-and-a-half length victory over World Hurdle winner Cole Harden. And it wouldn’t be a jumps meeting without a Willie Mullins as Nichols Canyon ran out a comfortable winner of the Mersey Novice Hurdle. Under a classic Ruby Walsh the 3/1 favourite hit the front two from home and claimed another Grade One prize for Ireland’s leading trainer.