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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?

Experience Grand National 2019

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  • Silks Restaurant
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All three facilities offer an experience worth savouring, making it an ideal setting to enjoy world-class racing with clients. Some of the highlights of the packages include fine dining, a bucks fizz reception, complimentary bar (excluding champagne) and celebrity tipsters. There’s plenty available that we are certain will impress all of your clients.

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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
Forevermore

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.

With the 2019 Grand National shortly upon us, there is no better time than to think about attending. Our VIP tickets and unforgettable hospitality will ensure you and your guests have an experience like no other.

Experience all the magic of Aintree in true style with our luxurious corporate hospitality. Between races, you can enjoy fine dining, sumptuous afternoon tea and plenty of drinks at the complimentary bar.

We provide hospitality packages throughout the meeting for Grand Opening Day, Ladies Day and Grand National Day. In a wide range of exclusive facilities including Silks Restaurant, The Corbiere Suite and The Bob Champion Suite. There’s no better way to experience the Randox Health Grand National.

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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.

Foinavon

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.

Hungry?

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.

Statistics

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

Our brand-new Silks Restaurant facility offers guests splendid panoramic track views from the comfort of an exclusive top-floor balcony.

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

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.

Discover our fabulous Grand National Hospitality packages and VIP Tickets across all three days of the meeting:

Grand Opening Day

Ladies Day

Grand National Day

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