The winning racehorse Monbeg Dude, owned by Zara and Mike Tindall, is among the 115 leading entries for the 2014 Crabbie’s Grand National.
The 9 year old bay gelding recently won at Chelternam on his last outing in 2013, as well as being the Welsh National. He is currently one of the favourites at some bookmakers for the big race on April 5th.
Mrs Tindall allegedly called her then boyfriend, Mike, an ‘idiot’ for buying a quarter share in a ‘hopeless’ horse at auction for £12,000 over five years ago. New mum Zara may now be regretting her words as the horse’s winnings keep on coming in.
Monbeg Dude’s jumping was not perfect early on in his career, but now, after plenty of schooling with Zara, the problems appear to have been resolved.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph last year, Michael Scudamore, the horse’s trainer said that “Zara has been doing a lot of work with him and doing a really good job. We have taken Monbeg Dude to her at least four times. She has been very, very useful with the little techniques she uses to help him respect his obstacles. She has helped him to concentrate when he jumps.”
Mrs Tindall is very experienced when it comes to equine sports. In the 2012 London Olympics, she won a silver medal as part of the equestrian eventing team. Zara also won Sports Personality Of The Year in 2006, following in her mother’s footsteps who won the award in 1971. Now, after just giving birth earlier this month, she is taking some much deserved rest.
The Royal Family have an unprecedented record in horse racing, but this one race has still not had a Royal winner. The Queen Mother came very close to winning the National in 1956 after her horse, Devon Lock, was racing towards the finishing line with yards to go. It seemed she couldn’t lose. Only she did lose, after the horse belly-flopped on its stomach just yards from the finishing post.
The Grand National is attended by just under 100,000 people each year at Aintree. It is also watched by more than 600 million people in 140 countries, making it one of the most watched sporting events worldwide.
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