AINTREE GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL: DAY TWO
16 April 2018
PORTRUSH TED (IRE), a 25/1 shot,
caused upset when he returned to winning action on the second day of the
Aintree Grand National festival to claim the Grade 2 Weatherbys Bumper. The McNeill
family-owned gelding raced midfield for much of the two mile one furlong trip but
three furlongs from home he hit the front running, digging deep to maintain his
advantage and score by one and three quarter lengths.
The son of Shantou was bred by
Mary Griffin and sold at Goffs Landrover Sale to Highflyer Bloodstock and
trainer Warren Greatrex for €53,000. Shantou, also the sire of Grade 1 winners Death
Duty (IRE), Morning Assembly (IRE) and Briar Hill (IRE), is based at Burgage
Stud in County Carlow. PORTRUSH TED (IRE) is out of a Kings Theatre (IRE)
half-sister to Grade 1 Champion Hurdle performer In The Forge. Grade 1 Dan
Moore Memorial Handicap Chase winner Idarah is from the extended family.
Meanwhile, LALOR, a Tattersalls
Ireland Derby Sale graduate landed the Grade 1 Novices’ Hurdle in the hands of
Richard Johnson for trainer Kayley Woolacott and owner D G Staddon. The
six-year-old bay was sold by Busherstown to Tom Malone for the bargain price of
€16,000 in 2015. This was LALOR’s second successive Graded win at the Aintree
Grand National festival as he took the Grade 2 Weatherbys Bumper in 2017.
SANTINI became the eight
individual Grade 1 winner for Coolmore National Hunt sire Milan when he scored
the Grade 1 Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle. Milan, who is the sire of eight-time
Grade 1 winner Jeski (IRE), Aintree Grand National winner One For Arthur (IRE)
and up-and-coming Monbeg Notorious (IRE) experienced a fee increase to a
career-high €8,500 for the 2018 breeding season. Milan is based at Grange Stud
in Fermoy, Co. Cork.