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! 🙂

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Shutthefrontdoor Wins The Irish Grand National At Fairyhouse!

So much I know! 🙂 The Irish Grand National was won today by the favourite Shutthefrontdoor with Meath jockey Barry Geraghty on board.

It is the first time that Geraghty has won the Irish National in his home county despite major success in many prestigious races including his recent win this year aboard Jezki in the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham and a Topham Chase win aboard Ma Filleule at Aintree respectively for trainers Jessica Harrington and Nicky Henderson. Both of which I had done. Wish I had today’s too! 🙂

Jonjo O’Neill trained Shutthefrontdoor and Geraghty stood in for the suspended Tony McCoy to win aboard by three-quarters of a length.

O’ Neill said,

“He was in a great position all the way and jumped really well. Everything went right for him. He has done nothing wrong all season. He had a great run at Chelthenham and after that we thought this was the race for him. Plan B didn’t work out too badly! He will have good rest and is hopefully okay and we can look forward to next season. He needed a big leap at the last, he got it and battled on really well.”

While Geraghty said:

“I’ve never even got close so to win it is brilliant. I thought turning in that I would win and then I was outpaced from the second-last, but going to the last I was getting going and I knew he was meeting it on a good stride a long way off. It means an awful lot – it’s brilliant.”

His owner J P McManus said,

“It’s a great race to win. Full marks to Jonjo, Barry and all the team at Jackdaws. It’s an exciting day. It’s disappointing for AP that he’s not here today as I’m sure he would have picked this horse. I wish both of them could have rode it but I feel sorry for AP that he’s not here.”

Congrats to all concerned! 🙂

The top 5 finished as follows:

1. Shutthefrontdoor

2. Golden Wonder (My sis had this horse! It was heartbreaking!)

3. Saoirse Dun

4. Jamsie Hall

5. Folsom Blue 

Love Jamsie Hall and Folsom Blue. My two little pets! 🙂