Tiger Roll Wins The English Grand National!

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The English Grand National was won by Tiger Roll rode by Davy Russell. Tiger Roll was trained by Gordan Elliott and owned by Michael O’ Leary. He won the race by a head from Pleasant Company with Bless The Wings in third.

It was a very dramatic finish to the race with Tiger Roll beating Pleasant Company by a head with the result going to a photo finish after David Mullins abroad Pleasant Company made a huge rally at the end to attempt to claim glory. Little fighter Bless The Wings made a tremendous effort to take third.

I had no luck today and am hoping for more luck next week in the Scottish National with my birthday coming up next week. 🙂 But my Mum got each way on Bless The Wings so there was thankfully some luck in our house today with the National. Sadly my sister had Pleasant Company to win so there was heartbreak there. My sister got One For Arthur last  year so she almost got two in a row.

Tiger Roll won at 10/1 and is the first English Grand National winner for Davy Russell. Well done to Tiger Roll and all concerned. 🙂

The top 6 in the National was as follows:

  1. Tiger Roll
  2. Pleasant Company
  3. Bless The Wings
  4. Anibale Fly
  5. Milansbar
  6. Road To Riches
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Tiger Roll wins with Pleasant Company second and Bless The Wings behind in third

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My Seven English Grand National Tips

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Tomorrow is a big day in the racing calendar. 40 horses will take to the track at Aintree for the 171st English Grand National. But as always there will only be one who will be victorious. It is honestly one of the highlights of my year and in preparation I have compiled my seven tips for National glory. Read on for my tips for this year’s Aintree Randox Grand National …

 

Shantou Flyer

I absolutely love this horse. He has so much talent in his little toes. Recently he had a great run at Cheltenham where he was just bet on the line. In fact his record at Cheltenham is excellent where he has never been out of the top two. His run here in this race last year wasn’t fantastic but there’s a lot more to come from this horse. He’s a great jumper and a very hard-working horse and today just might be his day.

Price: 33/1

 

 

 

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Ucello Conti

This horse is another great horse. Last year he was running and jumping beautifully until he was brought down near the 22nd fence. He is a really good stayer and will feature strongly if he makes it all the way around this time. Comes from a very talented family of horses too with his brother being the recently deceased Silviniaco Conti (R.I.P.)

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Price: 20/1

 

Houblon Des Obeaux

 

This is a dark horse (no pun intended) in this race. Venetia Williams won this race before with a 100/1 shot Mon Mome and I think this horse could possibly be a surprise package. This horse has been placed in some tough races in the past: in the Welsh and Midlands Nationals and it wouldn’t shock me if this horse was there or thereabouts come tomorrow.

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Price: 50/1

Chase The Spud

What first drew my attention to this horse was his name. His name’s cool. But then I looked him up and he’s a real little fighter of a horse and a really good jumper. He won the Midlands National in fine style and has a real chance to build on that tomorrow.

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Alpha Des Obeaux

The news that Rachael Blackmore is due to ride this horse tomorrow is a real plus for his chances. Blackmore rode a brilliant race in the Irish Grand National recently to come 6th on Arkwrisht and her skills combined with this horse’s talent could be a recipe for success.

Price: 33/1

 

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The Last Samuri

This horse ran great in this race two years ago finishing second and is a very strong horse who you can never rule out. I think he will go well here. He is proven to get around the track so he is a good stayer which is real plus for this race.

Price: 14/1

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Maggio

This wonderfully hard-working horse could feature tomorrow. He’s another dark horse in the race and is interestingly owned by  D G Pryde/James Beaumont who owned 2013 winner (and my last winner of this race) Auroras Encore alongside David van der Hoeven. This horse like Auroras Encore is 66/1. Is there a great omen in that? Also the horse is trained by a Dublin trainer Patrick Griffin. Will Griffin bring the luck of the Irish to Maggio? A great jockey too in Nick Scholfield.

Price: 66/1

 

And that concludes my National guide. I wish you all the best of luck in the race tomorrow and hopefully all the horses and jockeys return safely.

All that remains to be said is may the 2018 Randox Grand National commence …

My 6 Tips For English Grand National 2017 Glory!

The 2017 English Grand National is due to take place later today. One of the huge highlights in the racing calendar, 40 horses will go to post to try and repeat the victory of last year’s winner Rule The World.

 

So who do I think has the best chance of storming their way to victory in the Aintree classic? Read on to find out. Oh and good luck! 🙂

 

 

 

The Last Samuri

 

 

The Last Samuri is just an excellent classy horse. Runner-up to Rule The World last year the 9-year-old Kim Bailey-trained horse unfortunately is the top weight this time around which is my only concern. However another classy horse by the name of Red Rum did win in 1974 as the top weight. Kim Bailey is a former National winning trainer with Mr Frisk in 1990. The Last Samuri’s jockey on the day will be David Bass. Even with been the top weight I think The Last Samuri is a hard horse to pass over.

 

Odds: 22/1

 

Ucello Conti

 

 

Ucello Conti, half brother of Silviniaco Conti who retired yesterday after a wonderful career, is another horse with a huge chance. Having finished sixth last year he clearly has the stamina and staying power to get around the course which is always a good start. The Gordon Elliott-trained horse also finished fourth in the Becher Chase over the National fences. Daryl Jacob will be the jockey on the day.

 

Odds: 25/1

 

Regal Encore

 

 

Regal Encore is a horse whose form is slightly up and down but on a good day this horse can certainly pull it off such as in the Ascot Silver Cup which he won. Trained by Anthony Honeyball, the jockey on the day will be Robbie Power who recently steered Sizing John to victory in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham and won this race abroad Silver Birch a decade ago.

 

Odds:  80/1

 

Wonderful Charm

 

 

Second to Pasha Du Polder at Cheltenham recently this horse is a very strong finisher. Recent form with two firsts and a second is very good. Katie Walsh, following her arm injury abroad Distime on Wednesday, is still due to take the ride abroad Wonderful Charm today.

 

Odds: 33/1

 

 

Double Shuffle

 

 

A very steady jumper which is always a plus in the National and won at Kempton recently. The Nic Williamson and Max Fawbert owned horse is trained by Tom George with Adrian Heskin due to take the ride on the day.

 

Odds: 40/1

 

 

La Vaticane

 

 

Can La Vaticane become the first mare to win since Nickel Coin in 1951? The David Pipe-trained horse hasn’t bad form for the complete outsider of the field and has completed over the National fences in other races she has been in even if she didn’t finish as planned in them. But she has plenty of experience and that bodes well for horses. On board on the day will be jockey Richie McLernon.

 

 

Odds: 100/1

Rule The World Rules The World!

 

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! 🙂

Well done Rule The World and all concerned. 🙂

My Top 7 Tips For The English Grand National 2016!

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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! 🙂

Katenko

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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

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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

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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.

Kruzhlinin

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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.

Boston Bob

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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.

First Lieutenant

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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?

Aachen

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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.

 

Good luck everyone! 🙂

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! 🙂

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

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Alvarado

Night In Milan

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