My Racing Results’ Weekend Report – Grand National Special

How did My Racing Results get on in the Grand National this weekend? Very well as it happens having tipped two places at big prices. Whilst we also had other returns on both Saturday and Sunday, the task of finding just one placed horse in the 39 runner deep Aintree spectacular is hard enough, something that sees our feat a very special one. Consequentially we have dedicated this Weekend Report to our successful Grand National selections.

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Saint Are

11th April 2015 – Aintree 16:15 – Second, 25/1

We noted Saint Are’s previous good runs around the National fences and his being assigned a low enough weight to potentially see him improve on his ninth place finish in 2013. The mount of Paddy Brennan took up a prominent position from the get go, the key to staying out of any early stage melees. Brennan slowed on the Tom George charge to occupy a share of sixth at the Chair, this new speed enabling the horse to jump as well as necessary to allow him to be involved in the second circuit.

A sketchy second jump over Bechers was his worst display in what was a competent performance over these strange and unforgiving fences. The nine-year-old managed to avoid the fall of The Druids Nephew over the fifth from home and kept on with Many Clouds and Shutthefrontdoor to be in with a chance at the penultimate.

We all know what happened next, Many Clouds was able to move away from the David Fox owned charge who looked to be floundering at the Elbow. He picked up again to reduce the deficit to just under two lengths.

Saint Are’s trainer George is quoted on both Sporting Life and the online edition of the Mirror as saying: ‘He’s taken to the race unbelievably well. He actually wasn’t too tired immediately after the race and he only lost around 14 kilos, which is what a horse would lose in a hurdle race.

‘He’s out in the field and seems as happy as Larry this morning so we’re delighted with him.

‘I suppose in the back of my mind I’m wondering if they hadn’t moved the start forward 150 yards, would it have made a difference?’


11th April 2015 – Aintree 16:15 – Fourth, 20/1

Alvarado managed to secure fourth place in the National for the second time this season, the horse giving owners the Ruckers and jockey Paul Moloney their seventh straight Grand National place! As opposed to Brennan on Saint Are, the ten-year-old was given a much more covert ride from Moloney who was happy to settle the Fergal O’Brien horse in mid-division before producing him to snatch fourth from the tiring Shutthefrontdoor and Royale Knight. Under the low weight of 10st 3lbs, he was just 10 lengths off Many Clouds.

O’Brien was grabbed by Racing UK in the aftermath of the race. He told them, ‘We’re delighted with him – he’s given his heart and soul once again. There are no hard luck stories in the National, we’re really pleased but he just baulked a little at the Canal Turn and Paul said he had to get him back in his rhythm but he’s run home really strongly.’

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