Memories of the Biggest Race of all with Tipsters Empire
2012 Grand National – NEPTUNE COLLONGES 33/1 winner
One of my best memories came in the 2012 running of the race, I chose to back the Paul Nicholls trained NEPTUNE COLLONGES ridden by DARYL JACOB, who was a multiple Grade one winner over fences and was sent off at huge odds 33/1. Those odds proved all wrong and he jumped from fence to fence and galloped all the way to the line from the elbow to win one of the closest finishes of all time in the greatest race.
NEPTUNE COLLONGES got up within the shadows of the post to lift the prize for connections and myself. A truly remarkable performance and that was the last time we saw this beautiful white horse on a racecourse. One that will live long in the memory of the Grand National. What made this more special was the fact most of my family was on SUNNYHILLBOY, who was second.
2005 Grand National – HEDGEHUNTER 7/1 winner
THEY say the Grand National is the ‘race that stops the nation’ – an occasion with the ability to bring people together in front of television screens across the country and engage in racing for just one day of the year. Across betting shops up and down the land, you find first time punters staring at slips like foreign objects. Staff, often dressed to the nines like wannabe jump jockeys, are sent out to herd the sheep and take part in the circus that is Grand National Day. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
We all have our favourite memories. Often it is our first recollection of the big race at Aintree. My own special memory is of a horse whom I had seen score in the flesh as a child, before he went on to win the big one some years later. Earth Summit was a horse who had it all. When he won the Scottish National at my local track, I was just an excited child getting my first taste of the action. And evidently, his victory would stay with me as I went forward in this game. He was a great jumper (he would only fall once during his entire career) and it stood him in great stead when, four years later, he landed the biggest of them all over the National fences in 1998.
He won the Welsh National as part of his prep in 1997, and then it was all about completing the trifecta – which he duly did in style by 11 lengths. I remember it vividly having backed him that day – my first big winner in the race – and it was made all the more sweeter given mo own ‘personal’ connection to the horse. That is what makes the Grand National. You can back your favourites, you can back your outsiders, you can take your poke in the office sweepstake. The bottom line is that wherever you look on Grand National Day, there will be a story among punters to be found.
For Earth Summit, he reached his very own summit that day and became the first horse to win the Scottish, Welsh and Aintree Grand Nationals. A true great.
JPW Racing Tipster
It’s a race that grips the nation. So many memories over the years can be talked of but from a personal note I can’t look beyond the late, and fantastic, Many Clouds. We tipped this horse up at 33/1 and some of our members even picked out 50/1 on the exchange. It wasn’t just the winner, it was the manner in which he dug it out in true Many Clouds style, warrior like. It’s a moment that money can’t buy, a moment that’ll stayed etched in memory for years and years to come. He was near enough top weight (11-9) but showed his class and although the race is a so-called lottery you, if you have that luck on your side you can make a strong educated guess at the National, as our write-up to customers showed.
“MANY CLOUDS may be carrying plenty of weight but he is 5lb well in after running in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and now on a new handicap mark. MANY CLOUDS is a horse who has plenty of class which I think is needed to win a National these days. He won the Hennessy Gold Cup, won the Grade 1 Argento Chase in February and ran with credit to finish 6th in this years Cheltenham Gold Cup. MANY CLOUDS is a horse who will stay all day, jumps for fun and is owned by Trevor Hemmings who loves to win this race. The owner has won this with BallaBriggs and Hedgehunter in the last 10 years. I am actually surprised the bookies have MANY CLOUDS at a huge 33/1 as for me he is the forgotten horse. He has done nothing wrong all season. A race like this could bring out the very best in him. WON 25/1.“