The thing about the Grand National is that it always seems to be a treasure trove of such amazing stories about the winners, trainers and riders.
More than any other race meeting it seems that there’s always a great story waiting to be told about whoever wins the Grand National at Aintree.
Frank Keogh on the BBC website is among those speculating on who might be the headline makers after Saturday’s race. It seems there’s almost too many to choose from this year – but from his guesses these are my favourites:
Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson co-owns racehorse “What A Friend”. Could he see his many footballing achievements crowned with success in arguably the greatest horse race of all?
Trainer Donald McCain hopes to follow in the successful footsteps of his dad ‘Ginger’, trainer of Grand National legend “Red Rum”, by seeing “Ballabriggs” fly first past the post – “Red Rum’s” final resting place.
Could amateur rider Sam Whaley-Cohen – winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and friend of Royal wedding couple Prince William and Kate Middleton – complete a story that’s straight from the pages of a Boy’s Own annual by beating a field of professional jockeys in this classic race?
One thing’s for sure we will know what this year’s story is by 5pm on Saturday.
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