Seven Tips For The English Grand National 2015!

I did pick the Irish Grand National winner. Just saying! 🙂 But been serious the English Grand Nationals of all the Nationals tend to elude me a bit. I have picked two winners of it but it’s a rare one that I do. Just warning you all in advance. 🙂 My late father was actually amazing at picking the winner of English Grand Nationals. He picked a lot of winners of it. 🙂

Bearing all in mind here is my seven tips for glory this year:

Rebel Rebellion

The Rainbow Hunter

Balthazar King



Night In Milan

Oscar Time

Pineau De Re Storms To Victory In 2014’s English Grand National!


Pineau De Re won The Grand National today at the Aintree race course!

With jockey Leighton Aspell aboard the 11-year-old horse steered clear of rivals to win by 5 lengths to second-placed Balthazar King. He is trained by Dr Richard Newland who looks after 12 horses as a ‘hobby’. Newland studied medicine at Cambridge University and he is a medical practitioner in a village called Claines which is in central England. He took out a licence to train horses in 2006. Pineau De Re was his very first runner in the Grand National and lucky for him it was also the very first year that prize money made it to $1.65 million. Happy days indeed! 

Newland said,

“This is a hobby for me really. I’m lucky enough to be able to do this (train horses) and enjoy it but if you do it as a full-time job, there’s a higher level of stress and less fun.”

Coming in at 25-1 the horse seen off many more fancied opponents in a perfection display by both Pineau De Re and Aspell who previously finished second in his first Grand National in 2003 and retired in 2007. However he missed racing and the camaraderie  with the other jockeys so came back within two years. 

Organisers announced that every horse and jockey made it around safely thank God despite there been many falls in the course of the race.

The top five finishers were:

1. Pineau De Re

2. Balthazar King

3. Double Seven

4. Alvarado

5. Rocky Creek

Well done Pineau De Re and all concerned! 🙂

Roll on the Scottish National …


My Top Tips For The Aintree National 2014!

So one of the annual horse racing events of the year is almost upon us – yes that’s right, the English Grand National! I have been obsessed over the past few days trying to pick the winner and have compiled my list of my top five tips. Read my list below:

Balthazar King

The amazing Balthazar King has excellent form with a string of wins behind his name including a recent cross-country win at Cheltenham. Cross-country races seem more his bag but I think he is a very talented horse who should not be ruled out here.

Price: 20/1

Jockey: Richard Johnson

Trainer: Philip Hobbs

Owner/s: The Brushmakers


Raz De Maree

Previous Cork and Munster National winner Raz De Maree seems to be returning to form with a recent 3rd at Down Royal following some weak results and any horse from the Dessie Hughes yard should never be ignored lightly.

Price: 50/1

Jockey: Davy Condon

Trainer: Dessie Hughes

Owner/s: James J Swan


Hawkes Point

The Welsh National runner-up is one that could fly to victory!

Price: 33/1

Jockey: Ryan Mahon

Trainer: Paul Nicholls

Owner/s: C G Roach


The Package

Recently coming 3rd at Cheltenham behind two excellent horses in Holywell and Ma Filleule who both stormed home in their races at Aintree this year. I had the latter backed so well done to both but especially Ma Filleule! If this form is anything to go by this horse is one to watch!

Price: 20/1

Jockey: Tom Scudamore

Trainer: David Pipe

Owner/s: The Johnson Family


Rose Of The Moon

This is a real outsider but it did have a recent good win. The other night I kept running my pen up and down the list of runners with my eyes closed and it kept landing on this North Lincolnshire horse. Yes, that is the main reason it was one of the horses I backed but hey it’s a lottery!

Price: 50/1

Jockey: Jake Greenall

Trainer: David O’ Meara

Owner/s: Middleham Park Racing XXXIII & Partners


P.S. Good luck & don’t hate me if they lose! 🙂

Who are you backing in this year’s National? Comment below with your thoughts! 🙂