On Saturday there won’t be any crowds at Aintree for the Grand National, but the world’s greatest horse race will be keenly watched across the UK and on the Isle of Man.
Manx resident Trevor Hemmings, owner of a joint record three previous winners, is seeking to make history with an unprecedented fourth win with his horse Cloth Cap, trained by Jonjo O’Neill, the current odds on favourite (4/1).
Mr Hemmings, who also owns Preston North End FC, has previously won the National with Hedgehunter (2005), Ballabriggs (2011) and Many Clouds (2015).
It is not thought that Mr Hemmings is travelling to Merseyside to see Cloth Cap’s bid at history, but will be watching from his home in the north of the island.
Cloth Cap is not the only horse he has running in the big race, with Lake View Lad and Cloud Glen also carrying his famous white, green and yellow colours. Meanwhile Cheltenham winner Vintage Clouds looks likely to contest the Scottish Grand National next weekend on April 17 but the final runners for that race will not be declared until next week.
With non-essential shops still closed, most bets will have to be taken online this weekend for the national, but it would still be nice to see an adoptive Manxie delivering a blow to the bookmakers.
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