2019 Grand National

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2019 Grand National
Grand National
Owner Gigginstown House Stud.svg
LocationAintree
Date6 April 2019
Winning horseTiger Roll
JockeyDavy Russell
TrainerGordon Elliott
OwnerGigginstown House Stud
ConditionsGood to soft
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The 2019 Grand National (officially known as the Randox Health 2019 Grand National) was the 172nd annual running of the Grand National horse race at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England. The showpiece steeplechase is the pinnacle of a three-day festival which began on 4 April, followed by Ladies' Day on 5 April.[1]

The event was sponsored by Randox Health as part of an agreement signed in 2016 for the company to sponsor the race for five years starting in 2017.[2]

The race was won by 4/1 favourite Tiger Roll, ridden by Davy Russell and trained by Gordon Elliott. Tiger Roll became the first horse since Red Rum in 1974 to win back-to-back Nationals, as well as the first favorite to win the race since Comply or Die in 2008.[3] 19 of the 40 horses that started managed to complete the course. [4]

The race was marred by the death of Up For Review, who suffered a neck fracture after being brought down at the first fence. He was the first equine fatality in the race since Synchronised and According To Pete in 2012, after which the fences were drastically altered and softened.

Race card[edit]

112 entries were received, including 47 from Ireland.[5] The final line-up of 40 horses was announced on 4 April 2019. Mall Dini was withdrawn the following day due to injury and replaced by Just A Par. No further withdrawals meant that a full field of 40 horses were sent to the start line.

Gordon Elliott broke the record for the most horses trained in a single running of the race, entering 11 horses. Elliott had also been the initial trainer for both Outlander and Don Poli, though these horses were sold prior to the race and passed on to new trainers.

No Horse Age Handicap
(stlb)
SP Jockey Trainer
1 Anibale Fly 9 11-10 1010 10/1 Mark Walsh Tony Martin
2 Valtor 10 11-06 1066 66/1 Daryl Jacob Nicky Henderson
3 Tiger Roll 9 11-05 1004 4/1 F Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
4 Outlander 11 11-04 1066 66/1 James Bowen Richard Spencer
5 Don Poli 10 11-03 1066 66/1 Patrick Mullins[a] Philip Kirby
6 Go Conquer 10 11-03 1033 33/1 Sam Twiston-Davies Nigel Twiston-Davies
7 Mala Beach 11 11-02 1033 33/1 Jamie Codd[a] Gordon Elliott
8 Minella Rocco 9 11-01 1033 33/1 Richie McLernon Jonjo O'Neill
9 Lake View Lad 9 11-01 1014 14/1 Henry Brooke Nick Alexander
10 Pleasant Company 11 11-01 1012 12/1 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
11 Ballyoptic 9 11-01 1025 25/1 Tom Bellamy Nigel Twiston-Davies
12 Dounikos 8 11-00 1016 16/1 Jack Kennedy Gordon Elliott
13 Rathvinden 11 11-00 1008 8/1 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
14 One For Arthur 10 11-00 1025 25/1 Derek Fox Lucinda Russell
15 Rock The Kasbah 9 10-13 1016 16/1 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
16 Warriors Tale 10 10-13 1066 66/1 Harry Cobden Paul Nicholls
17 Regal Encore 11 10-12 1066 66/1 Jonathan Burke Anthony Honeyball
18 Magic Of Light 8 10-11 1066 66/1 Paddy Kennedy Jessica Harrington
19 A Toi Phil 9 10-11 1050 50/1 Denis O'Regan Gordon Elliott
20 Jury Duty 8 10-11 1010 10/1 Robbie Power Gordon Elliott
21 Noble Endeavor 10 10-10 1050 50/1 Mark Enright Gordon Elliott
22 Monbeg Notorious 8 10-10 1050 50/1 Sean Bowen Gordon Elliott
23 Ramses De Teillee 7 10-09 1020 20/1 David Noonan David Pipe
24 Tea For Two 10 10-09 1025 25/1 Lizzie Kelly Jane Williams
26 Step Back 9 10-07 1025 25/1 Nico de Boinville Mark Bradstock
27 Ultragold 11 10-07 1050 50/1 Tom O'Brien Colin Tizzard
28 Blow By Blow 8 10-06 1066 66/1 Andrew Ring Gordon Elliott
29 Up For Review 10 10-06 1033 33/1 Danny Mullins Willie Mullins
30 Singlefarmpayment 9 10-06 1050 50/1 Paddy Brennan Tom George
31 Vieux Lion Rouge 10 10-06 1050 50/1 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
32 Valseur Lido 10 10-06 1066 66/1 Rachael Blackmore Henry de Bromhead
33 Vintage Clouds 9 10-04 1011 11/1 Danny Cook Sue Smith
34 General Principle 10 10-04 1033 33/1 J J Slevin Gordon Elliott
35 Livelovelaugh 9 10-04 1025 25/1 David Mullins Willie Mullins
36 Walk In The Mill 9 10-04 1025 25/1 James Best Robert Walford
37 Folsom Blue 12 10-04 1066 66/1 Luke Dempsey Gordon Elliott
38 Captain Redbeard 10 10-03 1066 66/1 Sam Coltherd Stuart Coltherd
39 Bless The Wings 14 10-03 1050 50/1 Robbie Dunne Gordon Elliott
40 Joe Farrell 10 10-02 1014 14/1 Adam Wedge Rebecca Curtis
25 Just A Par 12 10-02 1100 100/1 Aidan Coleman James Moffatt
  1. ^ a b amateur jockey

Finishing order[edit]

Placed horses
Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap
1: Tiger Roll
Emerald green, yellow chevron and sleeves, red cap
2: Magic Of Light
Dark blue and white diamonds, white sleeves, red cap
3: Rathvinden
Dark blue, white stripe and sleeves
4: Walk In The Mill


Position Name Age Handicap
(stlb)
SP Jockey Trainer
1 Tiger Roll 9 11-05 4/1 Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
2 Magic of Light 8 10-11 66/1 Paddy Kennedy Jessica Harrington
3 Rathvinden 11 11-00 8/1 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
4 Walk In The Mill 9 10-04 25/1 James Best Robert Walford
5 Anibale Fly 9 11-10 10/1 Mark Walsh Tony Martin
6 One For Arthur 10 11-00 20/1 Derek Fox Lucinda Russell
7 Regal Encore 11 10-12 66/1 Jonathan Burke Anthony Honeyball
8 Singlefarmpayment 9 10-06 50/1 Paddy Brennan Tom George
9 Outlander 11 11-04 66/1 James Bowen Richard Spencer
10 Valseur Lido 10 10-06 66/1 Rachael Blackmore Henry de Bromhead
11 Livelovelaugh 9 10-04 25/1 David Mullins Willie Mullins
12 A Toi Phil 9 10-11 50/1 Denis O'Regan Gordon Elliott
13 Bless The Wings 14 10-03 50/1 Robert Dunne Gordon Elliott
14 Ultragold 11 10-07 50/1 Tom O'Brien Colin Tizzard
15 Vieux Lion Rouge 10 10-06 66/1 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
16 Captain Redbeard 10 10-03 66/1 Sam Coltherd Stuart Coltherd
17 Folsom Blue 12 10-04 66/1 Luke Dempsey Gordon Elliott
18 Valtor 10 11-06 66/1 Daryl Jacob Nicky Henderson
19 Don Poli 10 11-03 66/1 Patrick Mullins[a] Philip Kirby
  1. ^ amateur jockey

Non-finishers[edit]

Fence Horse Jockey SP Fate
1st Up For Review David Mullins Brought down
Vintage Clouds Danny Cook Fell
11th (Open Ditch) Monbeg Notorious Sean Bowen Pulled Up
19th (Open Ditch) General Principle J J Slevin Fell
Rock The Kasbah Richard Johnson Brought Down
Blow By Blow Andrew Ring Pulled Up
Jury Duty Robbie Power Unseated Rider
21st Minella Rocco Richie McLernon Pulled Up
25th (Valentine's Brook) Step Back Nico de Boinville Pulled Up
26th Ballyoptic Thomas Bellamy Fell
27th (Open Ditch) Pleasant Company Paul Townend Unseated Rider
Lake View Lad Henry Brooke Pulled Up
28th Just A Par Aidan Coleman Pulled Up
Warriors Tale Harry Cobden Pulled Up
Noble Endeavor Mark Enright Pulled Up
Ramses Des Teille David Noonan Pulled Up
29th Mala Beach Mr. Jamie Codd Pulled Up
Tea For Two Lizzie Kelly Pulled Up
Joe Farrell Adam Wedge Pulled Up
Go Conquer Sam Twiston-Davies Pulled Up
Dounikos Jack Kennedy Pulled Up

Broadcasting and media[edit]

Magic Of Light blunders and leaves Tiger Roll two lengths clear, and Davy Russell is leaned to breathe on him as Tiger Roll breezes towards the Elbow. Off at the run-in, Tiger Roll is first to the elbow, Magic Of Light and Rathvinden trying to rally. Tiger Roll's been out in front for a while, he's got a five length lead. 150 yards between himself and a place in history! Tiger Roll from Magic Of Light, Tiger Roll keeping up the gallop! Up towards the line, back to back nationals, the first since Red Rum! An Aintree great!

ITV lead commentator Richard Hoiles describes the climax of the race.

As the Grand National is accorded the status of an event of national interest in the United Kingdom and is listed on the Ofcom Code on Sports and Other Listed and Designated Events, it must be shown on free-to-air terrestrial television in the UK. The race was broadcast live on TV by ITV, in the third year of its four-year deal as the exclusive terrestrial broadcaster of horse racing in the UK.[6]

The coverage was co-anchored by Ed Chamberlin and Francesca Cumani. Analysis was provided by former Grand National winning jockeys Sir Anthony McCoy and Mick Fitzgerald, along with leading female jockey Bryony Frost, who had been ruled out of competing through injury, and veteran racing broadcaster Brough Scott. Reports were provided by Oli Bell, Alice Plunkett, Rishi Persad and Luke Harvey with updates from the betting ring by Brian Gleeson and Matt Chapman and Chris Hughes covering viewers comments on social media. The commentary team was Mark Johnson, Ian Bartlett and Richard Hoiles. Following the race, Bell, Fitzgerald and Chapman guided viewers on a fence-by-fence re-run of the race - due to the fatal injury sustained to Up For Review, the first fence was omitted from the re-run broadcast.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gibbons, Lottie (15 April 2018). "When is the Grand National 2019 and how you can get tickets". liverpoolecho. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ Cook, Chris (8 March 2016). "Grand National sponsored by Randox Health in five-year deal from 2017". the Guardian. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Grand National 2019: Tiger Roll wins the big race again at Aintree – as it happened". Guardian. 6 April 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Grand National: Tiger Roll becomes first back-to-back winner since Red Rum". BBC. 6 April 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  5. ^ Grand National 2019 entries and betting odds - 2018 winner Tiger Roll heads 112 initial horses entered, Liverpool Echo, 30 January, 2019
  6. ^ "ITV to replace Channel 4 as horse racing broadcaster from 2017". BBC Sport. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2017.

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