Many Clouds Bucking And Kicking Following Grand National Success
|April 15, 2015 02:23:52 PM|
by David Harrison
The eight-year-old Many Clouds was the toast of Liverpool on Saturday evening, with his trainer already having one eye on the Grand National prize in 2016.
The Aintree hero was said to be in fantastic form on the morning after his momentous triumph on Merseyside.
There was brief concern immediately after the race as Many Clouds, exhausted from his gallant performance, appeared to wobble slightly as he made his way to the winners’ enclosure.
Concerned officials made the decision to take the horse to the veterinary area to cool down.
Ten minutes later, a recovered Many Clouds returned to the winners’ enclosure to a rapturous reception.
Trainer Oliver Sherwood revealed he had watched the race on his own as he was so nervous, but admitted to ‘losing it’ when his charge crossed the line.
The win was a second Grand National win in as many years for jockey Leighton Aspell, making him the first jockey to win in two consecutive years since Brian Fletcher won the world’s most famous race in 1973 and 1974 on the legendary Red Rum.
by Paolo Camera
Many Clouds finished a length and three quarters ahead of the other Grand National runners Saint Are and the Mike Tindall part-owned Monbeg Dude six lengths further back in third.
It was a first Grand National win for trainer Oliver Sherwood, who thought his horse was a year too young for the race but bowed to owner Trevor Hemmings’ desire to run.
Thirty-nine-year-old Aspell said Many Clouds gave his all. He said he had asked his horse some big questions and that the horse had dug deep to answer every one. Aspell continued to say that he had tried to save the horse some energy on the way round as he had a tough race in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March. Aspell paid tribute to Sherwood, saying it was an impressive training performance.
It was owner Hemmings’ third Grand National win following the triumphs of Hedgehunter and Ballabriggs.
If returning to defend his crown in 2016, the horse will only carry 1lb more than he did to win this year’s race.
Many Clouds was said to be ‘bucking and kicking’ on Sunday morning, with Sherwood revealing his stable star was in rude health and saying he could not believe how well he was.
Sherwood said Many Clouds had eaten up and was taken out to a paddock and was in a lot better shape than many of his stable staff.