Tuesday 26th May, 2020
Today is the start of ‘My Racing Life’. Seven horses that have influenced my love of the sport and a trainer and jockey who have done the same.
My first winning bet was Well To Do in the 1972 Grand National. Ironically he was ridden by Graham Thorner who turned out to be one of my mentors in the sport. However it was Grand National winner L’Escargot who would become a favourite and inspiration.
My first confident bet was in the 1975 Grand National when L’Escargot ended Red Rum’s winning run with a devastating display.
He won his first bumper ridden by trainer Ben Hanbury, won two Cheltenham Gold Cups, a Gloucester Hurdle and chases in America. He was also placed in two Aintree Grand Nationals and will always be underated.
Possibly because he wore blinkers, he did not get the recognition he deserved but he and Tommy Carberry were a wonderful combination and being the only horse other than Golden Miller to win a Cheltenham Gold Cup and a Grand National, he must surely be remembered as one of the greats.
He was owned by Raymond Guest who also owned Sir Ivor – what an achievement to own both a Derby winner, Gold Cup and Grand National winner within a matter of years.