Friday, April 13, 2007

John Smith's People's Race

The BBC's coverage of the Grand National meeting commences at 1.00 tomorrow afternoon.

The People's Race, in which ten amateur riders chosen from the public race over a distance of nine furlongs, is scheduled for around 1.10-1.15. This will be a race worth watching, although at this stage it's not clear if the race will be shown live.

Current 2/1 favourite with bookmaker Ladbrokes is Michael Sweeney, a 47 year old plumber from Manchester. He will be riding Instructor, a horse that has won six times at around this distance.

Well done to all the rookie riders who have trained hard over the past two and a half months; they will all surely have the thrill of a lifetime tomorrow, win or lose.

1 comment:

GeeDee said...

Kevin Old, a 44 year old pawnbroker from Bournemouth, won this race on 3/1 shot Hoo La Baloo. Of those participating, Kevin certainly looked the most stylish rider, pushing the horse out well in the closing stages.

5/4 favourite Instructor played up at the start and unceremoniously dumped Manchester plumber Michael Sweeney on the turf.

Congratulations to all who took part.