When the tape comes down at Aintree and the mass, sprawling field of runners charge for the first fence, racing fans across the country are almost overcome with the intoxicating excitement that accompanies the most famous horse race in the world.
Described as ‘the ultimate test of horse and rider’, the 2019 Grand National has the potential to launch a relatively unknown horse and jockey into national headlines. We’ve taken a look at some of the
The 10/1 shot Tiger Roll roped home to victory a year ago, and we’ll now take a look at some of the more fancied Grand National runners for 2019.
The defending champ, a victory in the Grade Two Boyne Hurdle earlier in February will boost hopes of another victorious run. The 9-year-old Gordon Elliott product has every chance of climbing the mountain once again but will have a mighty battle on his hands.
The sternest competition is expected to come from the Irish thoroughbred. A decent season last year has blossomed into a fearsome showing this time around for the seven-year-old, who has placed second or first in each of his four races so far this campaign. A Colin Tizzard charge, Elegant Escape squeezed to victory in the Welsh Grand National back in December and was pipped to the post by Frodon at the Cheltenham trials.
Sue Smith’s Vintage Clouds is a familiar face in the racing world these days and is fancied to go well in the National despite a poor performance in the Welsh Grand National. Despite looking good behind the leaders, a bad mistake at 16 meant Danny Cook pulled the horse up four from the finish.
Gordon Elliott’s veteran has made waves in Ireland for a number of years, with perhaps his most memorable win coming in the 2018 Irish Grand National.
Placing fourth in last year’s National, Anibale Fly finished the race very strongly. The JP McManus owned horse has struggled for results since that day on Merseyside, but with Barry Geraghty in the saddle, anything seems possible.
Rock the Kasbah
Rock the Kasbah hasn’t raced a great deal over the last two years, and three outings before Christmas led to mixed results. An impressive win in the Grade Three BetVictor.com Handicap Chase was sandwiched by a drab pair of sixth places, and as such his odds reflect that of an inconsistent horse. Should the nine-year-old hit his stride, however, it could be a very happy day for those willing to punt on him.