Aintree horses racing

Grand National Runners: Vintage Clouds Tipped to Shine

Trainer Sue Smith is optimistic about the chances of Vintage Clouds (IRE) in the 2019 Grand National. The eight-year-old half-brother of Many Clouds is hotly tipped for Aintree, and his trainer is well aware.

“He will have an entry in the Grand National,” she confidently told media recently, “he is that type of horse and just missed out last year.” If betting favourite Altior is to edge over Vintage Clouds in the race, she’s convinced her grey “is entitled to take him to the last fence.” Altior is trained by Nicky Henderson, the five-time Champion Trainer and whose stable also houses Eventmasters Racing’s Monbeg Legend.

The confident words from Smith were given without a shred of doubt of Vintage Clouds’ ability, but perhaps rightly so.  The bloodline is there for Vintage Clouds to perform well at the Grand National.

Vintage Clouds is the half-brother of 2015 Grand National winner Many Clouds, the fan favourite who tragically died in early 2017 and is still firmly in the hearts of the nation.  Cloudings sired both horses.  Vintage Clouds’ dam was Rare Vintage – with naming decisions being fairly obvious from there. Many Clouds racked up phenomenal 12 wins in 27 runs over his five-year long career.

Vintage Cloud’s Aintree Experiences

Vintage Clouds has run at Aintree Racecourse twice before. His first visit to the track came in 2016 came to an end early as he pulled up before 3 in the Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle.  His second run at the track went exactly to plan, pacing first in October 2017 in the Read Noel Fehily At Interactive Chase – proving he can do well on the soft ground at Aintree in April.

Smith herself is no stranger to victories, and even some upsets. In 2008 she brought 66/1 outsider Mister McGoldrick to Cheltenham who cruised to victory in the Racing Post Plate Grade 3 Handicap Chase. At Aintree she’s seen her fair share of silverware, training Auroras Encore to win the Grand National in 2013.

The right conditions at Aintree Racecourse for Vintage Clouds, will mean a very good chance of him placing at the Grand National. Viscious competition is likely to come in the form of last year’s winner Tiger Rolls.  Veteran Thistlecrack and 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase winner Native River.

Big names and fan favourites all around for Vintage Clouds, who is yet to make as much of a statement in the public’s eyes as many of his rivals.  But, if he’s as promising as the utmost confidence of Sue Smith tells us he is, we could be looking at a fantastic competitor.

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