2 April 2014 - 17:24
Princess Anne to attend the Grand National

By Charlie Proctor

The Princess Royal will be traveling to Aintree this Saturday to watch the Crabbie’s Grand National, the world’s most famous horse race.

Last year's winner Aurora Encore

Last year’s winner Aurora Encore

Princess Anne will be accompanied by her daughter, Zara Tindall, at the races as they watch the Tindall’s horse, Monbeg Dude, run for glory. Monbeg Dude is currently one of the favourites to win the race, and is at the odds of 10/1.

Monbeg Dude has previously won three big handicaps, including the Welsh National in 2012. If he wins the race on Saturday, there will be celebrations for the Royal Family as they have never had a winning Grand National horse before.

The three day meeting at Aintree starts on Thursday and continues through to Saturday. Other races that Princess Anne and Zara will be able to see on the day include the Betfred TV Handicap Chase, the Merset Novices’ Hurdle, and the Silver Cross Stayers Hurdle.

The Grand National has previously been won by some of the world’s most famous horses, including Red Rum, Amberleigh House and, most recently, Aurora Encore who won the race last year. Ridden by Ryan Mania, and trained by Sue Smith, the outsider won the race at 66/1. Who is to say that the same couldn’t happen this weekend?

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Around 600 million people from 140 countries are expected to tune in to watch the infamous race, and unlike last year, the race sponsorship has been handed over to Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, with the prize money being raised to a record-breaking £1-million!

The Royal Family have always had good luck at the races, most recently with The Queen’s horse Estimate’s success. However, never has a member of the Royal Family owned horse that has won the Grand National. Could Monbeg Dude manage it this year?

The Princess Royal will also be attending a 50th anniversary celebration of the Injured Jockeys Fund on Thursday 3rd April at Aintree, as she is patron of the charity.

The Grand National, featuring Mike & Zara Tindall’s horse, Monbeg Dude, will be aired on Channel 4 in the UK and will start at 15:15 GMT.

Photo credits: Charlie Proctor (c)



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  • Karen119

    With all due respect to Zara Phillips Tindall she is NOT a royal as The Princess Royal and her first husband refused titles for him and their children.

    • Royal Central

      Yes, it’s an important distinction. She’s a member of the Royal Family, but not royal. Also, Zara and her brother were never entitled to titles by birth like other grandchildren were because they worn born into the female line – whether they were offered titles is a different story.


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