The English Grand National at Aintree took place for it’s annual outing. The 179th winner was the Mouse Morris trained Rule The World which completed the Irish and English Grand National double for the Irish trainer. It was also a double National win for Gigginstown House Stud who own both Rule The World and Irish National champ Rogue Angel.
David Mullins, in his first ride in the race bet The Last Samuri (8-1 joint favourite) and Vics Canvas (100-1) in a comeback on the run-in abroad Rule The World with Gilgamboa (28-1) finishing fourth with Goonyella (12-1) fifth.
Mouse Morris said after,
“This is just magic. I’ve got great friends who stood by me and helped. I’d have settled for third at the Elbow but he ran on like a train. He has broken his pelvis in two falls and before that he was one of the best horses I ever had.”
Mullins said it was “special and magic” and added,
“It was just amazing. I’ve never had a feeling like this and it all went to plan. To get the call to ride this horse was amazing. The fact that it is his first win over fences is more amazing than me winning on my first time around.”
Michael O’Leary said,
“I don’t know what to feel, I’m numb. I thought I had no chance in it. I wanted to win a Gold Cup and it was beyond dreams that I could win a Grand National. To win a Gold Cup, Irish National and Grand National in one year – I think I should stop, it’s not going to get any better than this.”
My mum who is on a bit of a National roll at the moment had Vic’s Canvas each-way so well done Mam! 🙂
It’s that time of year again when the horses go to post for the thriller at Aintree and I’ve been looking over the horses set to race on Saturday at 5.15pm. So Culture Vulture Express’ admin (Yes that’s me! Not a big operation here! :-)) has below compiled seven tips in the big race. I tried my best! 🙂
I love Venetia Williams as a trainer. Over the years I’ve had quite a few winners that were trained by Venetia Williams. Sadly not Mon Mome though which won this race all the way back in 2009 at 200/1. A very good horse which has sadly had a lot of injuries but I do have a lot of faith in this horse and I’m hopeful he has a good run in the race.
Soll has always been a very reliable, steady horse and has been placed a lot in his career. Some might think this horse is past his best but I think there’s life in this older horse yet. He has a lot of experience over this track and has every chance.
The Last Samurai
Winner of the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster, this horse is 2 from 3 since joining the Kim Bailey stable and has a very good chance here. His trainer previously won the race in 1990 with Mr. Frisk. This horse is usually a very good stayer.
Previously with trainer Donald McCain, he has previously finished 10th in the race. The McCain stable are of course great at training horses for this race but he has since moved to another impressive trainer Phillip Hobbs and won his first race for the stable at Kempton.
Winner of the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse this year, this horse is a grafter and can never be ruled out. Like Soll many think he is past his beat but I wouldn’t be so sure about that.
Got this horse in the sweepstake and I was very pleased about that. He is usually a good stayer which is an obvious plus for this race. Could Mouse Morris get the double?
I started with one of Venetia Williams’ horses in this race so it seems fitting to end with one too. This horse has a lot of potential and I expect a good run on the day from Aachen.