Jury Duty Courts Second Straight Grand National Score

In 2016, two overseas-based horses left the trip to New Jersey and participated in America’s richest steeplechase race. Grand National Streaming.

Wicked Strong

In 2017, the number increased to three, although they were thoroughly dusted by their American opponents. Grand National Live Stream, Last year, the number increased to five, and the international shippers, both Ireland-based, accounted for the top two spots.

This season, the Grand National is worth $450,000, using a $270,000 first prize, and the invading diagnosed has grown to seven–a vast majority of the 13-member field for the 2 5/8-mile jog over National Fences Oct. 19.

Returning for another bite of the Grand National Streaming largesse is Sideways Syndicate’s Jury Duty, who won last season’s race by 3 1/4 lengths for top Irish trainer Gordon Elliott.  Grand National Streaming, No stranger to American racing and with strong ties to U.S. owners, Elliott also entered The Storyteller.

Grand National Streaming

Both will have their job cut out for them.  Jury Duty skipped the winter season and had success in an allowance steeplechase in his comeback race in March, but he dropped his rider at the Grand National at Aintree and hasn’t made any impression as.

The Storyteller conveys the highest rating of the overseas contingent but has not won in 18 months and has been thoroughly beaten in his previous outing, Gowran Park’s PWC Champion Chase Oct. 5.

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Wicklow Bloodstock’s much-accomplished Wicklow Brave is riding a three-race win streak for another top Irish trainer, Willie Mullins, and quite likely will be the horse to beat in the 118th running of the Grand National.

He is a group 1 winner on the flat–the 2016 Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger. 

Grand National Streaming

Mullins, no stranger to American leap racing, then sent Wicklow Brave over the taller chase fences, along with his three wins include the Guinness Open Gate Brewery Steeplechase in Galway Aug. 1.  Grand National Streaming, The 10-year-old’s earnings exceed $1.3 million.

The American contingent is led by Bruton Street-US’s Scorpiancer, the 2017 Eclipse Award winner that had been on the sidelines for nearly two years prior to returning this spring and winning the Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle (NSA-1) for a second time. Live Stream Grand National.

Founded by Jack Fisher, who’s far ahead in his quest for his eighth consecutive champion trainer title by wins, Grand National Streaming, Scorpiancer prepared for the Grand National with a lackluster fifth-place finish in Belmont Park’s Lonesome Glory Handicap (NSA-1) Sept. 19.

Also from the Grand National area is Wendy Hendriks’ Surprising Soul, who scored a breakout success from the Lonesome Glory.  Live Stream Grand National, Trained by Ricky Hendriks, the owner’s son, Surprising Soul was beaten Just a length by Scorpiancer from the Iroquois May 11.

Currently 5, the Einstein gelding roared throughout his very first starts over fences in the spring of 2018 and finished second in Saratoga Race Course’s A. P. Smithwick Memorial Hurdle Stakes (NSA-1).

He finished third in Saratoga’s New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (NSA-1), again as the betting favorite, also moved to the sidelines. Grand National Streaming,  He has not raced in almost 14 months and ended second in a Shawan Downs training flat race Sept. 28.

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