The Recent Sports’ Round-Up Darlings!

The English National was won by the fabulous Many Clouds on Saturday. My mum had him done. 🙂 It was wonderful excitement in our house as he crossed the line at Aintree. Priced at 25/1 Many Clouds, trained by Oliver Sherwood and owned by Trevor Hemmings, ensured that jockey Leighton Aspell made history becoming the first jockey in 61 years to ride back-to-back National winners on different horses having rode Pineau De Re to victory last year. Last year’s winner also gave a good showing completing the course once again. Second was Saint Are following by Welsh National winner Monbeg Dude who after been hampered early on made a great recovery to get third. Alvarado followed home in 4th while Shutthefrontdoor came 4th for Tony McCoy in his last ever English National before he retires on April 25th.

The Alan Carr celebrity sweepstake was won by Dave Berry while poor old Alan got Court By Surprise which I also picked out of our local bookies’ sweepstake! 🙂 The Alan Carr Chatty Man Grand National Special took place on Friday with Gok Wan and Nick Luck who were part of the Channel 4 team for the big race among the guests.

Congratulations From Alan Carr To Dave Berry

21-year-old golfer Jordan Spieth became the youngest Masters winner since golfing legend Tiger Woods on Sunday winning by four shots over golfing rivals Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson who shared second while Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy finished in fourth position. Spieth ended on 18-under par breaking numerous records in the process and hugged his girlfriend Annie Verret, his mother, Chris, his father, Shawn, his younger brother, Steven and his grandfather, Bob following his prestigious win. His younger sister Ellie, who was born with a neurological disorder that places her on the autism spectrum, was watching her big brother win at home.

Speaking of his win, Spieth said:

“It was very nerve-wracking today. I didn’t sleep all last night. Just got out here and got in a little rhythm. With two major champions right behind, I couldn’t let up. It was the most incredible week of my life. This is as great as it gets in our sport. It was remarkable. I saw my family and friends right behind the green there, and knew it was going to be a done deal. I’m still kind of in shock a little bit.”

Spieth, who came joint second last year behind Bubba Watson, was awarded the green jacket by the former champion.

Well done to all! 🙂

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

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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 …