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Gulfstream Park (Saturday) 🇺🇸

Today’s Gulfstream Park fancies:

5.45 Gulf- Big Treasure (e/w).

6.15 Gulf- Transistor (e/w).

6.45 Gulf- Fiery Princess (e/w).

7.15 Gulf- WW Archie (win).

7.45 Gulf- Grey Manners (e/w).

8.15 Gulf- Kozy Dreams (e/w).

8.47 Gulf- Snap Hook (e/w).

9.18 Gulf- Hotty Toddy (e/w).

9.49 Gulf- Mobeatyabad (win).

10.20 Gulf- Penalty (e/w).

10.52 Gulf- Tomcat Black (e/w).

11.24 Gulf- Sweet Story (e/w).

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Grand National Weights 2020

Pic: Neil Watson

My portfolio currently looks like this and I shall be building my stakes up around these ten. My only slight worry at the moment are the plans for Native River. He’s potentially thrown in if he takes his place this year.

1 Delta Work (FR) 7 11-10 170 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE

2 Tiger Roll (IRE) 10 11-10 170 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE

3 Bristol de Mai (FR) 9 11-08 168 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies

4 Native River (IRE) 10 11-06 166 Brocade Racing Colin Tizzard

5 Anibale Fly (FR) 10 11-02 162 J P McManus Tony Martin IRE

6 Aso (FR) 10 11-02 162 The Bellamy Partnership Venetia Williams

7 Cadmium (FR) 8 11-02 162 In Our Element Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE

8 Elegant Escape (IRE) 8 11-02 162 J P Romans Colin Tizzard

9 Top Ville Ben (IRE) 8 11-02 162 Harbour Rose Partnership Philip Kirby

10 Beware The Bear (IRE) 10 11-00 160 G B Barlow Nicky Henderson

11 Chris’s Dream (IRE) 8 11-00 160 Robcour Henry de Bromhead IRE

12 Alpha des Obeaux (FR) 10 10-13 159 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE

13 Jett (IRE) 9 10-13 159 G M McGrath Jessica Harrington IRE

14 Peregrine Run (IRE) 10 10-13 159 V Byrne Peter Fahey IRE

15 Total Recall (IRE) 11 10-13 159 Slaneyville Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE

16 Magic of Light (IRE) 9 10-12 158 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Jessica Harrington IRE

17 The Storyteller (IRE) 9 10-12 158 Mrs Pat Sloan Gordon Elliott IRE

18 Voix du Reve (FR) 8 10-12 158 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE

19 Ballyoptic (IRE) 10 10-11 157 Mills & Mason Partnership Nigel Twiston-Davies

20 Talkischeap (IRE) 8 10-11 157 Charles Dingwall Alan King

21 Yala Enki (FR) 10 10-11 157 Hills of Ledbury Ltd Paul Nicholls

22 Burrows Saint (FR) 7 10-10 156 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE

23 Definitly Red (IRE) 11 10-10 156 Phil & Julie Martin Brian Ellison

24 Ok Corral (IRE) 10 10-09 155 J P McManus Nicky Henderson

25 Sub Lieutenant (IRE) 11 10-09 155 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE

26 Tout Est Permis (FR) 7 10-09 155 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade IRE

27 Crievehill (IRE) 8 10-08 154 Highclere T’Bred Racing- Crievehill Nigel Twiston-Davies

28 Jury Duty (IRE) 9 10-08 154 Sideways Syndicate Gordon Elliott IRE

29 Lake View Lad (IRE) 10 10-08 154 Trevor Hemmings Nick Alexander

30 Vintage Clouds (IRE) 10 10-08 154 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith

31 Pleasant Company (IRE) 12 10-07 153 Malcolm Denmark Willie Mullins IRE

32 Acapella Bourgeois (FR) 10 10-06 152 Slaneyville Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE

33 Any Second Now (IRE) 8 10-06 152 J P McManus Ted Walsh IRE

34 Champagne Classic (IRE) 9 10-06 152 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE

35 Mister Whitaker (IRE) 8 10-06 152 Tim Radford Mick Channon

36 Potters Corner (IRE) 10 10-06 152 All Stars Sports Racing & J Davies Christian Williams

37 Shattered Love (IRE) 9 10-06 152 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE

38 Death Duty (IRE) 9 10-05 151 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE

39 Dounikos (FR) 9 10-05 151 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE

40 Kildisart (IRE) 8 10-05 151 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Ben Pauling

41 Ramses de Teillee (FR) 8 10-05 151 John White & Anne Underhill David Pipe

42 Acting Lass (IRE) 9 10-04 150 Nigel & Barbara Collison Harry Fry

43 Double Shuffle (IRE) 10 10-04 150 Crossed Fingers Partnership Tom George

44 Kimberlite Candy (IRE) 8 10-04 150 J P McManus Tom Lacey

45 Saint Xavier (FR) 8 10-04 150 David Maxwell Racing Limited Paul Nicholls

46 Valtor (FR) 11 10-04 150 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson

47 Walk In The Mill (FR) 10 10-04 150 Baroness Harding Robert Walford

48 Warriors Tale 11 10-04 150 Trevor Hemmings Paul Nicholls

49 Chef des Obeaux (FR) 8 10-03 149 Sullivan Bloodstock Limited Willie Mullins IRE

50 Class Conti (FR) 8 10-03 149 P Joubert Willie Mullins IRE

51 Traffic Fluide (FR) 10 10-03 149 Galloping On The South Downs Gary Moore

52 One For Arthur (IRE) 11 10-02 148 Two Golf Widows Lucinda Russell

53 Romain de Senam (FR) 8 10-02 148 Chris Giles & Dan Macdonald Paul Nicholls

54 Snugsborough Benny (IRE) 10 10-02 148 R Loughnane Liam Cusack IRE

55 Dallas des Pictons (FR) 7 10-01 147 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE

56 Give Me A Copper (IRE) 10 10-01 147 Done, Ferguson, Mason, Nicholls & Wood Paul Nicholls

57 Lord du Mesnil (FR) 7 10-01 147 Paul Porter Richard Hobson

58 Now McGinty (IRE) 9 10-01 147 The Garratt Family Stuart Edmunds

59 Poker Party (FR) 8 10-01 147 Robcour Henry de Bromhead IRE

60 Steely Addition (IRE) 8 10-01 147 Step By Step Philip Hobbs

61 Takingrisks (IRE) 11 10-01 147 Frank Bird Nicky Richards

62 Borice (FR) 9 10-00 146 Simon Munir/Isaac Souede Gordon Elliott IRE

63 Heron Heights (IRE) 11 10-00 146 Barry Maloney Henry de Bromhead IRE

64 Hogan’s Height (IRE) 9 10-00 146 Foxtrot Racing: Hogan’s Height Jamie Snowden

65 Regal Encore (IRE) 12 10-00 146 J P McManus Anthony Honeyball

66 Activial (FR) 10 9-13 145 Roger Brookhouse Tom George

67 Atlanta Ablaze 9 9-13 145 The Last Man Standing Henry Daly

68 Cabaret Queen 8 9-13 145 SyndicatesRacing Willie Mullins IRE

69 Dalko Moriviere (FR) 7 9-13 145 Ecurie Sagara Jerome Larrigade FR

70 Dragon d’Estruval (FR) 7 9-13 145 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson

71 Le Breuil (FR) 8 9-13 145 Mrs Emma Palmer Ben Pauling

72 Outlander (IRE) 12 9-13 145 GOWING’S ELEVEN Richard Spencer

73 A Toi Phil (FR) 10 9-12 144 Teme Valley 2 Gary Moore

74 Cogry 11 9-12 144 Graham and Alison Jelley Nigel Twiston-Davies

75 Dingo Dollar (IRE) 8 9-12 144 M Warren J Holmes R Kidner & J Wright Alan King

76 Flying Angel (IRE) 9 9-12 144 R J Rexton Nigel Twiston-Davies

77 The Hollow Ginge (IRE) 7 9-12 144 The Ginge Army Nigel Twiston-Davies

78 The Young Master 11 9-12 144 Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters Neil Mulholland

79 Mall Dini (IRE) 10 9-11 143 Philip J Reynolds Patrick Kelly IRE

80 Monbeg Notorious (IRE) 9 9-11 143 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE

81 As de Mee (FR) 10 9-10 142 The Stewart Family & Judi Dench Paul Nicholls

82 Fitzhenry (IRE) 8 9-10 142 J P McManus Paul Nolan IRE

83 Joe Farrell (IRE) 11 9-10 142 M Sherwood, N Morris & J Turner Rebecca Curtis

84 Ravenhill (IRE) 10 9-10 142 Try Ravenhill Syndicate Gordon Elliott IRE

85 Roaring Bull (IRE) 7 9-10 142 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE

86 Townshend (GER) 9 9-10 142 J D Neild Nigel Twiston-Davies

87 Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 11 9-10 142 Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent David Pipe

88 Ami Desbois (FR) 10 9-09 141 The Reserved Judgment Partnership Graeme McPherson

89 Missed Approach (IRE) 10 9-09 141 Alan & Andrew Turner Warren Greatrex

90 Moonshine Bay (IRE) 7 9-08 140 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Jessica Harrington IRE

91 Noble Endeavor (IRE) 11 9-08 140 Chris Jones Gordon Elliott IRE

92 Out Sam 11 9-08 140 D Charlesworth Gordon Elliott IRE

93 Fingerontheswitch (IRE) 10 9-07 139 Cahill, Atwell & Crofts Neil Mulholland

94 Singlefarmpayment 10 9-07 139 N T Griffith & H M Haddock Tom George

95 Kilfilum Cross (IRE) 9 9-06 138 Andy Bell & Fergus Lyons Henry Oliver

96 Soupy Soups (IRE) 9 9-06 138 Equi ex Incertis Partners Neil Mulholland

97 General Principle (IRE) 11 9-05 137 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE

98 Spider Web (IRE) 9 9-05 137 J P McManus Tom Mullins IRE

99 Princeton Royale (IRE) 11 9-03 135 D Nott, P Beadles, R Clarke Neil King

100 Scoir Mear (IRE) 10 8-12 130 J P McManus Tom Mullins IRE

101 Rathlin Rose (IRE) 12 8-10 128 Fergus Wilson David Pipe

102 Disco d’Authie (FR) 11 8-07 125 Mme Magalen Bryant David Cottin FR

103 Prince of Scars (IRE) 10 8-07

105 entries for 2020 Grand National

Pic: Neil Watson

The Randox Health Grand National

Grade 3 handicap chase, £1 million total prize fund. Aintree, 5.15pm Saturday, April 4, 2020. 4m 2f 74yds over the Grand National fences. For seven-year-olds and upwards who, prior to March 17, have started in a chase during the current season and been placed first, second, third or fourth in a chase with an official distance description of’ two miles seven and a half furlongs’ or more at any time during the horse’s career. Horses must also be allotted a rating of 125 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 9. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at closing may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including February 9 would merit a minimum rating of 125. To qualify, horses must have run at least three times in chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Racing Authority up to and including February 10. At the Handicapper’s discretion, such horses may be allocated a rating. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final. Entries closes January 29 (105 entries), weights revealed February 11, first scratchings deadline February 25, second scratchings deadline March 17, five-day confirmations March 30, final declarations 10am April 2. Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.

Horse Age Owner Trainer
A Toi Phil (FR) 10 Teme Valley 2 Gary Moore
Acapella Bourgeois (FR) 10 Slaneyville Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
Acting Lass (IRE) 9 Nigel & Barbara Collison Harry Fry
Activial (FR) 10 Roger Brookhouse Tom George
Alpha des Obeaux (FR) 10 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Ami Desbois (FR) 10 The Reserved Judgment Partnership Graeme McPherson
Anibale Fly (FR) 10 J P McManus Tony Martin IRE
Any Second Now (IRE) 8 J P McManus Ted Walsh IRE
As de Mee (FR) 10 The Stewart Family & Judi Dench Paul Nicholls
Aso (FR) 10 The Bellamy Partnership Venetia Williams
Atlanta Ablaze 9 The Last Man Standing Henry Daly
Ballyoptic (IRE) 10 Mills & Mason Partnership Nigel Twiston-Davies
Beware The Bear (IRE) 10 G B Barlow Nicky Henderson
Borice (FR) 9 Simon Munir/Isaac Souede Gordon Elliott IRE
Bristol de Mai (FR) 9 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies
Burrows Saint (FR) 7 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
Cabaret Queen 8 SyndicatesRacing Willie Mullins IRE
Cadmium (FR) 8 In Our Element Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
Champagne Classic (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Chef des Obeaux (FR) 8 Sullivan Bloodstock Limited Willie Mullins IRE
Chris’s Dream (IRE) 8 Robcour Henry de Bromhead IRE
Class Conti (FR) 8 P Joubert Willie Mullins IRE
Cogry 11 Graham and Alison Jelley Nigel Twiston-Davies
Crievehill (IRE) 8 Highclere T’Bred Racing- Crievehill Nigel Twiston-Davies
Dalko Moriviere (FR) 7 Ecurie Sagara Jerome Larrigade FR
Dallas des Pictons (FR) 7 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Death Duty (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Definitly Red (IRE) 11 Phil & Julie Martin Brian Ellison
Delta Work (FR) 7 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Dingo Dollar (IRE) 8 M Warren J Holmes R Kidner & J Wright Alan King
Disco d’Authie (FR) 11 Mme Magalen Bryant David Cottin FR
Double Shuffle (IRE) 10 Crossed Fingers Partnership Tom George
Dounikos (FR) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Dragon d’Estruval (FR) 7 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
Elegant Escape (IRE) 8 J P Romans Colin Tizzard
Fingerontheswitch (IRE) 10 Cahill, Atwell & Crofts Neil Mulholland
Fitzhenry (IRE) 8 J P McManus Paul Nolan IRE
Flying Angel (IRE) 9 R J Rexton Nigel Twiston-Davies
General Principle (IRE) 11 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Give Me A Copper (IRE) 10 Done, Ferguson, Mason, Nicholls & Wood Paul Nicholls
Heron Heights (IRE) 11 Barry Maloney Henry de Bromhead IRE
Hogan’s Height (IRE) 9 Foxtrot Racing: Hogan’s Height Jamie Snowden
Jett (IRE) 9 G M McGrath Jessica Harrington IRE
Joe Farrell (IRE) 11 M Sherwood, N Morris & J Turner Rebecca Curtis
Jury Duty (IRE) 9 Sideways Syndicate Gordon Elliott IRE
Kildisart (IRE) 8 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Ben Pauling
Kilfilum Cross (IRE) 9 Andy Bell & Fergus Lyons Henry Oliver
Kimberlite Candy (IRE) 8 J P McManus Tom Lacey
Lake View Lad (IRE) 10 Trevor Hemmings Nick Alexander
Le Breuil (FR) 8 Mrs Emma Palmer Ben Pauling
Lord du Mesnil (FR) 7 Paul Porter Richard Hobson
Magic of Light (IRE) 9 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Jessica Harrington IRE
Mall Dini (IRE) 10 Philip J Reynolds Patrick Kelly IRE
Missed Approach (IRE) 10 Alan & Andrew Turner Warren Greatrex
Mister Whitaker (IRE) 8 Tim Radford Mick Channon
Monbeg Notorious (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Moonshine Bay (IRE) 7 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Jessica Harrington IRE
Native River (IRE) 10 Brocade Racing Colin Tizzard
Noble Endeavor (IRE) 11 Chris Jones Gordon Elliott IRE
Now McGinty (IRE) 9 The Garratt Family Stuart Edmunds
Ok Corral (IRE) 10 J P McManus Nicky Henderson
One For Arthur (IRE) 11 Two Golf Widows Lucinda Russell
Out Sam 11 D Charlesworth Gordon Elliott IRE
Outlander (IRE) 12 GOWING’S ELEVEN Richard Spencer
Peregrine Run (IRE) 10 V Byrne Peter Fahey IRE
Pleasant Company (IRE) 12 Malcolm Denmark Willie Mullins IRE
Poker Party (FR) 8 Robcour Henry de Bromhead IRE
Potters Corner (IRE) 10 All Stars Sports Racing & J Davies Christian Williams
Prince of Scars (IRE) 10 Simon Munir/Isaac Souede Gordon Elliott IRE
Princeton Royale (IRE) 11 D Nott, P Beadles, R Clarke Neil King
Ramses de Teillee (FR) 8 John White & Anne Underhill David Pipe
Rathlin Rose (IRE) 12 Fergus Wilson David Pipe
Ravenhill (IRE) 10 Try Ravenhill Syndicate Gordon Elliott IRE
Regal Encore (IRE) 12 J P McManus Anthony Honeyball
Roaring Bull (IRE) 7 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Romain de Senam (FR) 8 Chris Giles & Dan Macdonald Paul Nicholls
Saint Xavier (FR) 8 David Maxwell Racing Limited Paul Nicholls
Scoir Mear (IRE) 10 J P McManus Tom Mullins IRE
Shattered Love (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Singlefarmpayment 10 N T Griffith & H M Haddock Tom George
Sizing John 10 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Jessica Harrington IRE
Snugsborough Benny (IRE) 10 R Loughnane Liam Cusack IRE
Soupy Soups (IRE) 9 Equi ex Incertis Partners Neil Mulholland
Spider Web (IRE) 9 J P McManus Tom Mullins IRE
Steely Addition (IRE) 8 Step By Step Philip Hobbs
Sub Lieutenant (IRE) 11 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE
Takingrisks (IRE) 11 Frank Bird Nicky Richards
Talkischeap (IRE) 8 Charles Dingwall Alan King
The Hollow Ginge (IRE) 7 The Ginge Army Nigel Twiston-Davies
The Storyteller (IRE) 9 Mrs Pat Sloan Gordon Elliott IRE
The Young Master 11 Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters Neil Mulholland
Tiger Roll (IRE) 10 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Top Ville Ben (IRE) 8 Harbour Rose Partnership Philip Kirby
Total Recall (IRE) 11 Slaneyville Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
Tout Est Permis (FR) 7 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade IRE
Townshend (GER) 9 J D Neild Nigel Twiston-Davies
Traffic Fluide (FR) 10 Galloping On The South Downs Partnership Gary Moore
Valtor (FR) 11 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 11 Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent David Pipe
Vintage Clouds (IRE) 10 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith
Voix du Reve (FR) 8 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
Walk In The Mill (FR) 10 Baroness Harding Robert Walford
Warriors Tale 11 Trevor Hemmings Paul Nicholls
Yala Enki (FR) 10 Hills of Ledbury Ltd Paul Nicholls
Yorkhill (IRE) 10 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE

 105 entries

45 Irish-trained

2 French-trained

Becher Chase Day 2019 (Aintree)

2012 Hello Bud

Saturday’s Aintree fancies:

11.30 Aint- Chance A Tune (e/w).

12.00 Aint- Atlanta Ablaze (win).

12.30 Aint- Fixed Rate & Charmix (e/w).

1.00 Aint- Clyne (e/w).

1.30 Aint- see link above.

2.05 Aint- Operatic Export & Ravenscar (e/w).

2.40 Aint- Native River (win).

3.15 Aint- Flying Angel & Federici (e/w).

Becher memories.

Aintree (Saturday)

Pic: Geoff Davies

Today’s Aintree fancies:

12.20 Aint- Trio For Rio (e/w).

12.55 Aint- Champagne Noir (e/w).

1.30 Aint- Wishfull Dreaming (e/w).

2.05 Aint- Duke Street (e/w).

2.40 Aint- Vive Le Roi (e/w).

3.15 Aint- Roksana (win).

3.50 Aint- Spark Of Madness (e/w).

Don’t try doing this today!

Ayr (Monday)

Today’s Ayr fancies:

1.00 Ayr- Elle Est Grande (win).

1.35 Ayr- Order Of Thistle (e/w).

2.10 Ayr- Asum (e/w).

2.45 Ayr- No No Mac (e/w).

3.20 Ayr- Pads (e/w).

3.55 Ayr- Tarset Hinny (e/w).

Forest Bihan winning yesterday.

https://www.racingtv.com/news/forest-bihan-dashes-to-old-roan-success

Aintree Grand National 2019

 

Today’s Aintree fancies:

1.45 – Burrows Parks & Coolanly (e/w).

2.25 – One For Rosie & Kateson (e/w).

3.00 – Ornua (e/w).

3.40 – Wholestone & Clyne (e/w).

4.20 – Touch Kick & Federici (e/w).

5.15 – Lake View Lad, Vintage Clouds & Joe Farrell (e/w).

6.20 – Subcontinent & Pink Legend (e/w).

30 years ago this happened…

 

Aintree Grand National 2019 (Friday)

Today’s Aintree fancies:

1.45 Aint- Project Bluebook & Brio Conti (e/w).

2.20 Aint- Itchy Feet (win).

2.50 Aint- Lostintranslation (win).

3.25 Aint- Hell’s Kitchen (e/w).

4.05 Aint- Flying Angel, Doitforthevillage, Cadmium & Sub Lieutenant (e/w).

4.40 Aint- Lisnagar Oscar (e/w).

5.15 Aint- Blackhillsofdakota (e/w).

Topham memories.

 

 

Aintree Grand National 2019 (Thurs)

Today’s Aintree fancies:

1.45 Aint- Bags Groove (e/w).

2.20 Aint- Christopher Wood (e/w).

2.50 Aint- Bristol De Mai (win) & Blako Des Flos (e/w).

3.25 Aint- Buveur DAir (win).

4.05 Aint- Kruzhlinin (e/w).

4.40 Aint- Belan D’As & Moon Over Germany (e/w).

5.15 Aint- Shantewe & Eyes Right (e/w).

Call Collect collects 30 years ago.

 

Letter to the RP regarding the sale of Don Poli & Outlander

1-2 for Gordon Elliott with Outander finishing ahead of stablemate Don Poli in the Lexus Chase (Grade 1) at Leopardstown Photo: Patrick McCann 28.12.2016

This morning I was scouring the Betfair forums searching for people’s latest thoughts on the Grand National when I came across the following letter to the Racing Post. As the forum poster “Fourgoldcups” alludes to, the letter may or may not get published, but I thought it was well worth sharing his or hers thoughts on the matter here:

Dear Sir,

The decision of Gigginstown to offer Don Poli and Outlander for sale 2 days before the Grand National with the benefit of a guaranteed place in the race ought to cause the BHA to consider restricting the number of horses any owner is allowed to run in the race.

As it stands, including both these horses, Gigginstown have 11 guaranteed to run in the race. Those horses not guaranteed to run include a Scottish National 1st and 3rd, 2 Becher chase winners (one of whom who has come 2nd twice more in that race) and the horses who finished 3rd and 5th in the Grand National last year.

There is no doubt that Gigginstown have a perfect right to run as many horses as they wish. The question is whether it is correct for them to be allowed to do so.
When Graded races over the jumps and flat are monopolised by a few wealthy owners, there can be little complaint since they are not depriving other owners/trainers of the opportunity to land a big prize. However, it might be argued that it is of greater importance for racing authorities to encourage a greater number of less wealthy owners to enter the sport than it is to maintain a policy of laissez-faire in respect of entries for the major handicaps. There is little incentive on new owners to enter the sport if they know that their chances of having a runner in such a big race is reduced by the plethora of horses owned by the “aristocrats” of horse racing, many of whom have obtained their (unrealistic) ratings by competing against each other in the same small field Graded races over the last 2 or 3 years. Upon what realistic basis (other than rating) can it possibly be argued that Blow By Blow ( a novice, winner of a 5 finisher novice chase at Galway in October) is guaranteed a run whilst Walk in the Mill ( Becher Chase winner) is not?

My concern at the present position is enhanced by the reasonable suspicion that the purchase price of Don Poli and Outlander will be enhanced by their guaranteed place in the race. One is entitled to ask whether they were ever intended runners for their present owners? Grand National entries ought not to be used as a free advert to swell the coffers of owners who are wealthy enough as it is.

Yours faithfully

Fourgoldcups

Details of the Goffs Aintree Sale can be found by clicking this link.