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Highclere’s National First

28th January, 2020

Entries closed today for April’s £1,000,000 Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase with Crievehill becoming Highclere Racing’s first ever entrant into the world’s most famous horse race.

 

Highclere has a burgeoning string of jumpers and Crievehill has long been viewed as a potential National type by Nigel Twiston-Davies, the only current trainer to have won the race with more than one horse following the successes of Earth Summit in 1998 and Bindaree in 2002.

 

Crievehill is a strapping 8yo chaser who has won four times over fences to date and total prize money in excess of £100,000.  This season he gained wide-margin wins at Wetherby and Haydock on his first two starts but then did not appreciate the very testing conditions at Ascot last time.  Officially rated 154, Crievehill should have no difficulty getting into the handicap proper.  

 

Highclere Racing Manager Frances Howard said of Crievehill’s entry “We are all thrilled that Crievehill has been entered for the National and it’s been lifelong dream of several of his owners to have a runner in the race.  He’s got the right profile for the race and relished the challenge of the Grand National fences when he ran well in the Grand Sefton last season.  There is no better trainer than Nigel for the National and if he feels that Crievehill is right for the race then we are not going to argue!”

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