The Fastest Grand National Winner

Mr Frisk, fastest Grand National winner
The Grand National is held on 8th April 2017. Get ready to place your bets (5:15 Aintree). This famous steeplechase sees thoroughbred horses race over 4 miles and 3 ½ furlongs, two circuits on a course with 30 fearsome fences to jump. Who hasn't heard of Foinavon, Becher's Brook, The Canal Turn, The Chair... Each daunting structure topped with spruce from the Lake Distract, softening the blow of faltering horses.

It's the ultimate test of horse and jockey. Get ready for something special is happening at Grand National 2017

The Grand National isn't a race won easily. A daunting challenge of both man and ''beast''. Horses that excel with abundant stamina, mighty strength and lungs of steel. Toothless jockeys, battled scared, back, once more, to achieve that elusive win.

Red Rum made it look easy. In truth, his three victories in the 1970s displayed a mighty character who won again and again...

There are many different reasons why a horse wins this famous steeplechase.

Lucky: Foinavon in 1967.

Outstanding: Red Rum 1973, 1977 & 1978

Brute: Party Politics 1992

So many winners have told emotional, amazing & inspiring stories. Sometimes winning this race goes beyond the victory itself. Who could forget Aldaniti's win in 1981? A horse with crippling leg problems. Bob Champion a jockey suffering from testicular cancer and given months to live.

True winners – battling for victory and life. Imperious.

In many respects, the Grand National is as much about the swift as the strong. The classic tale of the tortoise and hare.

Records show the slowest winner of all time was witnessed on the inaugural running in 1839. Lottery beat his rivals at odds of 5-1f. He finished in a time of 14 minutes and 53 seconds. By today's records that seem very slow indeed. However, one victorian commentator was quoted as saying:

''Lottery could trot faster than most of his rivals could gallop.''

If Lottery was the slowest horse to win the Grand National then which horse is the fastest?

Many readers will remember this horse before I say his name.

Mr Frisk.

He set a new record time in1990. A sparkling display.

This eleven-year-old carried 10 stone six pounds to victory. A 16-1 winner trained by Kim Bailey, ridden by Mr Marcus Armitage, in the ownership of Lois Duffey.

He completed the course in a time: 8m 47.8s.

Mr Frisk is the only horse in the history of the Grand National to ever run under nine minutes. The fastest horse before this record was set by Red Rum in 1973 in a time of 9m 1.9s.

In truth, Mr Frisk ran so fast for one reason. It had been an unusually dry period leading up to the big race.

The official going: FIRM.

The track was lightning quick.

In these modern times, the firm ground wouldn't be considered acceptable. New guidelines regarding the safety and welfare of horses competing in the Grand National make this race different from the old days of blood, sweat & tears.

It is very unlikely Mr Frisk's time will ever be broken. He is the fastest Grand National winner in history.

On The Gallops - In Search of the Best Bets

A longer post for today's three-year-old racing action. Let's hope we can find a few winner. 

6:10 Bath - A Maiden Stakes over 1m 3f 44y on good going. Eleven entrants for this three-year-old +. William Haggas' horses are in good form and Rasmiya must go well here. This bay filly is a daughter of sensational sire Galileo and costs 230,000G when purchased by here present owners Al Shaqab Racing at the yearling sales. This March foal was joint-favourite on her debut performance at Chelmsford City where she started slowly and always too inexperienced to get to grips with Pursuitofthestarswho was ridden out. It can often be difficult for a debutante to win at the first time of asking on a turning course and this turf meeting on the better ground should be what the trainer ordered. The betting suggests this is a four-horse race at best and the second favourite West Drive has raced five times for Roger Varian and best placed second when less than one length behind Good Trip at Nottingham. He has had plenty of opportunities to win and although this chestnut son of Sea The Stars, who cost 100,000G when purchased at the yearling sales, is likely to hit the frame I am sure connections will be disappointed if Rasmiya does triumph here. 

Take a look at William Hill horse racing betting odds for the best prices available. 

5:20 Salisbury - EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes over 1m 1f 198y on good to soft going. Thirteen runners declared but it already looks like one horse has been scratched. The betting suggests this is a three-horse race with a few big-gun trainers holding the aces and the rest are simply making up the numbers.William Haggas has one of the major fancies with the consistent if not frustrating Wave Reviews. This son of Fastnet Rock has been a beaten favourite on his last three starts with te biggest odds being 2-1. This 85,000G yearling purchase was beaten a short head on his second start at Newmarket and although achieving an official rating of 81was beaten six lengths by Sir Michael Stoute's Shraaoh at Newcastle (AW) when eased in the closing stages. After being runner-up many punters will be looking elsewhere and Roger Varian's Gibbs Hall could be the fly in the ointment. This grey son of Mastercraftsman has been placed in his two starts to date and second last time at Newcastle behind Huge Future trained by Saeed bin Suroor, in comfortable fashion. I would be tempted to side with Gibbs Hall to take this at the favourite's expense. The odds of 2-1 don't really give the impression of value so I would be looking to put this horse in an each-way double and banking on the place and fingers crossed for the win. Pure Innocence is one of three fillies to make the line-up trained by Raph Beckett and this daughter of Montjeu cost 105,000G as the yearling sales and races in the familiar silks of Clipper Logistics.  I would keep note of this horse when racing on her second start. 

You've got to Click And Roll

Nothing much of interest here for Monday's three-year-old racing. I'm always in contemplative mood so I thought I'd highlight a horse which may go well at a price when making its three-year-old debut this year. 

David Brown is a talented trainer and not the type of man to misjudge when assessing his string. 

Last year I had my eye on a filly named Click And Roll. This bay daughter of Smart Strike is out of an unraced mare. The fact she is owned by Qatar Racing Ltd added to my thought this then two-year-old would be a horse to note. Convinced Click And Roll was high in the pecking order - if not the best filly in the stable - I kept an eye on her progress. 

The Convivial Maiden Stakes at York was to be her debut effort which buoyed my spirits being a significant race (it features the most prize for any juvenile maiden in the country). 

Although a rank outsider, she was backed to 20/1. It was a pretty feeble effort, never competitive. I swayed towards her needing the run or perhaps disappointed on debut, which isn't unusual with two-year-old fillies. 

I expected much better second start. Stepping up to a mile I was ready for a big run. Again, there was support in the market starting at 8/1. 

Another anticlimax. 

Although not disgraced it was a pretty ordinary display. 

Brown had seen fit to entered her for the Rockfel Stakes Group 2, Cheveley Park Stakes Group 1 & Dubai Fillies' Mile Group 1. When comparing his two-year-old string I am pretty confident these entries indicates a horse of ability. 

So what are we to make of these first two disappointments? It is possible she under performed  on both starts. It may simply be that she was weak and needed time over the winter. 

Why take note of this horse? 

Over the years, I have seen a number of three-year-olds which fit this profile. They have been transformed with time and care to shine at three. A number have made a sparkling return to racing on their first start of the season often winning at huge prices. 

Whether Click And Roll is even ready to run in the next few weeks only time will tell. 

However, if this relative of Hootenanny makes her debut at maiden class - at speculative odds - you would be wise to bet each-way. 

I'd back that David Brown knows plenty enough to hold some hope this filly will be winning this term.

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Oh No! Moments every rider experiences

Horse riders are pretty tough. We take the mucking out, fall injuries, and expenses in our stride all for the love of riding.

Paddy Power racing has collated the best tumbles in photos. Some of these riders can relate to, when your horse is totally in charge.


You are cantering around the paddock enjoying the fresh air and suddenly your horse sees the end of a carrot and stops. All we can say is thank God for body protection.


Horse tack is getting more and more advanced. However, nothing seems to help you when your foot is caught in the stirrups and you’re head over heels.


This is a common occurrence amongst show jumpers and sometimes gymkhana participants. Once you lose your balance, there is no saving you.

The flooded paddock

The outside tap is not working yet again, the rental fees are extortionate and to top it off the paddock is flooded. Who would own a horse hey?!

Play Time

Mud, sand, snow, horses love it all. And never more than when you are decked out in your brand new jodhpurs.


Having been bitten from an over excited mare previously the thought of an equine dentist at work makes me quiver. If horses make light work of carrots, imagine what they can do to your fingers!

6:20 Windsor On the Gallops (20th June) CLIC SARGENT MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (3yo+)

A Three-year-old plus maiden stakes over 1m 67y on soft going. Andrew Balding has a horse of interest here. Shongololo is a son of Manduro who cost 30,000E at the yearling sales. This gelding was quite fancied on debut at Chepstow but beaten a long long way. The betting is important here and if this horse is price 9/1 SP I would expect marked improvement with fair each-wat claims. It may be wise to watch the betting as if particularly weak I would take a watching brief.  

7:05 Ayr On The Gallops (17th June) HEVERLEE MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (3yo+)

I've been rather quiet on here. Just so busy with things there is rarely enough time but I really need to do better. Just a quick note regarding a few three-year-olds of interest.

Apres Midi is trained by Karl Burke. A daughter of the great Galileo out of a talented mare she was not sold for a 190,000G. In fact, the mare has been bred with Frankel and the two-year-old was recently sold for 800,000E. This bay filly ran well on debut and this step up in distance will help. She has decent claims and particularly interesting if prices allow an each-way bet. Certainly one to stick in an each-way double, treble or multibet if you have others you fancy. 

8:00 Sandown On the Gallops (19th May) BETVICTOR BREEDERS BACKING RACING EBF MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (3-4yo)

An EBF Maiden Stakes over 1m 2f 7y on good to firm going. A massive field of seventeen three and four-year-olds. I'm not going to beat about the bush and have narrowed this race down to one horse. I'm sure you must enjoy my approach! As usual, I can't tell my reasoning because that would be against the rules. So which horse has registered on the Ritcher scale? Regicide catches the eye for James Fanshawe. I must admit I rate this trainer and this three-year-old gelding, a son of Achipengo should have sold win and place claims. Racing in the familiar silks of Chris Van Hoorn Racing, this bay cost 65,000G at the yearling sales. He was relatively fancied on debut when priced 8/1 and finished runner-up giving the impression there is much more to come. In some respects, this race is a step up in class as his racecourse bow was at auction class. I would rather bet each-way on this horse than straight win. However, the betting at this time is 3/1. We either hope he drifts in the betting or just go for the win. On this rare occasion, I would suggest that if you cannot gain an each-way price I'd be tempted to go for a win bet [fingers crossed]. If this gelding happened to drift markedly and beyond 13/2 & less SP I would take a watching brief. I think this is unlikely to happen but I do like to keep you informed as it doesn't pay to take anything for granted. 

2:20 Lingfield (17th May) RYAN VEHICLES MAIDEN STAKES (Div I) (CLASS 5) (3yo+)

Interesting. You wait for a horse to run at two and then you finally see it appear for debut at three. Well, it's not that surprising as I always wait because I'm a patient devil. 

Let's have a look at Tuesday's horses of interest. [Just the one after searching high and low].

Egyptian. This is the horse my introduction relates. I know this colt one of the better juveniles in Jeremy Noseda's stable last year and I would imagine he is a talent. A $170,000 yearling purchase, must have fair each-way claims. I'm always slightly worried about a debutante on a turning course but interesting three-year-old who no doubt will be winning this year. 

Had a look at the other three-year-old races and nothing of great interest. To be fair, Egyptian isn't my normal type of bet for this page. I can't say what is my normal approach as it's a secret. 

2:50 Redcar Racing Tips (16th May) FOLLOW @RACING_UK ON TWITTER MAIDEN FILLIES´ STAKES (Div I) (CLASS 5) (3yo+)

I've been a little quiet of late because there have been no three-year-old races of interest. However, we may have a decent prospect going here. Charles Hills knows his horses and Sonnet should have very good claims in this 7f on good to firm going. This bay filly is a daughter of Kyllachy and purchased for 100,000E at the yearling sales. She was fancied to go well on debut at Wolverhampton and, although running well, could never quite reach the leaders, but ran a very respectable debut. That first start should have this March foal spot on for a big run. If drifting in the betting [tissue price 5/2] would make a very good bet if each-way is available. The strength of this horse is the place but respectable win claims. At around 3/1 the winning side of the bet is probably the price to chance so I would either have  a place bet on the exchanges or if drifting to 4/1+ go for an each-way bet and hope she gets her head in front. 

8:30 Ripon (6th May) On the Gallops SIS ON-DEMAND RACING GAMES MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (3yo)

A Maiden race over 6f on good going. Eight three-year-olds, most unfancied in the betting. If the market is anything to go by this is a three-horse race. General Alexander seems to be making hard work of winning and looks the type to regress at some point with one hard race too many.  Line Sport is an unraced colt from Richard Fahey's stable in the silks of Jabber Abdullah.Karl Burke is a fantastic trainer and Thankyou Stars is the selection here but about even money doesn't set the greatest value although I think she will win. This daughter of Exceed And Excel ran well on debut and if drifting a touch in the market would be a good bet.    

Thankyou Stars NR

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Tuesday's Racing Tips

A select few tips today and we will try to find a few decent sorts. 

2:00 Nottingham - 

Karl Burke is a great trainer and his horses are often primed for a big run second start. High Draw was nibbled at in the betting on debut and that is a positive sign. This three-year-old has respectable win and place claims. 

7:25 Lingfield - 

Not as a strong opinion on this horse although a very well-bred three-year-old. I'm sure connections have been rather frustrated by Verne Castle. In some ways, he hasn't been beaten far but better was expected. The betting on those first two starts detailed a winner in waiting. This doesn't look the strongest race and at about 8/1 may have each-way claims. This gelding was meant to run before but withdrawn due to soft going. I have detailed a couple of these type for Balding before and they haven't achieved what I hoped which tempers my enthusiasm. However, I do think he is ready to run and trying his best. 

Monday's Racing Tips

Not a great deal of time but I will detail a few horses of interest. 

2:20 Ayr - 

Sabrina Brazzo has place claims at double-figure odds. Dods can pop up with a half decent debut winner and this daughter of showcasing could have win and place claims.

3:00 Chelmsford - 

Decent prize money for this maiden and a few interesting three-year-olds. I like Tigerwolf in many ways but from a statistical point of view War Story has a very good win and place claims for Luca Cumani. If available at an each-way price looks a fair type.

7:20 Wolverhampton -

I'd keep an eye on the betting here. Hidden Gem is worth a chance if priced 13/2 and less sp. If outside this betting guide I would take a watching brief. 

2:00 Musselburgh On The Gallops (24th April) TOTEPLACEPOT MAIDEN STAKES (CLASS 5) (3yo+)

A Maiden Stakes over 1m 2y on good to firm going. Just the six runners. I had my eye on Sayedaati Saadati last year. This bay colt had a reputation as being one of Kevin Ryan's better two-year-olds but he disappointed on his only start last year and no doubt put away to come back with a three-year-old campaign and show what he is made of. A couple of these look fair opponents but I would be hopeful this son of Montjeu will go well today. He still holds a Derby entry and was considered for a trio of high-class Group races last year.