So as tomorrow is the UK’s grand national the crew have drawn names out of the hat (a cowboy hat for effect). Due to a lack of money on Elinca the winnings will be a special pudding, space in the freezer for your water bottle and a tot of rum. Toilet cleaning penalties for if your horse is shot or throws its rider.
Here are the horse that have been drawn and their odds! If noone wins, the whole crew will need a suitable forfeit…suggestions welcome!
Teaforthree: (Alice) 8-1: Finished an excellent third in last year’s Grand National
Monbeg dude: (Jon) 12-1: Winner of the Welsh National last season and has improved his jumping since then
Tidal Bay: (Andy) 14-1: Despite being a teenager, Tidal Bay is still performing at a very high level and is one of the the major players here
Burton Port: (Sarah) 18-1:Has been well supported and hails from a stable who know how to win this race
Prince de Beauchene: (Emma) 20-1: Has been well fancied for the last two Grand Nationals but injury has intervened
Pineau de re: (Cliggy) 22-1: Showed his wellbeing when finishing third at the recent Cheltenham Festival
Big Shu: (Rachel) 25-1: This top cross country horse could be suited to a race like the Grand National
Chance du Roy: (Sari) 33-1: Won over these fences in December when taking the Becher Chase.
Lion Na Bearnai: (Raffe) 33-1: Previous Irish National winner and contenders from that race have a good record here
Mr Moonshine: (Nick) 33-1: Same connections as last year’s winner
Shakalakaboomboom: (Andy) 33-1: Up there for a long way when finishing 9th in this race the year before last.
Rainbow hunter: (James) 33-1: Progressive handicapper from a former Grand National winning stable. Interesting outsider.
Colbert Station: (Alice) 40-1: Fell in last years race, will hope for better luck in 2014.
Hawkes Point: (Raffe) 40-1: Runner up to Mountainous in this year’s Welsh National
Mountainous: (Nick) 40-1: Won the Welsh National earlier this year
Quito de la roque: (Sarah) 40-1: Has won at the highest level and should appreciate this greater test of stamina
Across the bay: (Sari) 50-1: Went well for a long way in last years race.
Battle group: (Bob) 50-1: Can be tempremental but very talented if he decides to play ball
Raz de Maree: (Clare) 50-1: Trainer has gone close in this race before
Rose of the moon: (Emma) 50-1: Very interesting outsider. Looks to have been crying out for a return to a test of stamina
Vesper bell: (Clare) 50-1: Definitely capable of winning a big race but needs to brush up his jumping
Vintage star: (Bob) 50-1: Consistent young chaser; could still be improving
Buckers Bridge: (Rachel) 66-1: Hasn’t quite fulfilled his early promise but could improve now that he’s stepped up in distance
Our father: (Jon) 66-1: Lightly raced gelding who can go well fresh
Wayward Prince: (Lynda) 66-1: Inconsistent but retains plenty of ability and often runs well when unexpected
One in Milan: (Lynda) 80-1: Has plenty of stamina but might need soft ground to show his best
Twirling magnet: (Cliggy) 80-1: Will love the ground
Golan way: (James) 100-1: Won very easily on latest start