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Grand National: Corach Rambler's Irish Connections Explained After Grand National Triumph

Grand National: Corach Rambler's Irish Connections Explained After Grand National Triumph
By Luke Delaney Updated
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The biggest race of the calendar year has been won by a horse that was bred in a small village in Wexford. Corach Rambler, ridden by Sligo jockey Derek Fox, fought off immense competition from a stacked field this afternoon to take home glory in Aintree.

With Scotland receiving all of the credit from the media for the win due to Corach Rambler being trained by Lucinda Russell in the country, his roots are well and truly Irish.

Corach Rambler started his racing journey in the south east of Ireland and was bred by Paul Hillis in Wellingtonbridge.

John Martin Walsh from Scar, Duncormick in Wexford, was Corach Rambler's first trainer and his win today is a huge day for the parish and everyone that was involved with the horse since the start of his racing career.

Corach Rambler is owned by a syndicate of seven people, including 21-year-old student Cameron Sword. The Business student has certainly shown that his studies are paying off after his £4,000 investment was enough for him to part own the winner of the Grand National.

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The Wexford bred horse is on a fine streak of form after winning the Ultima Handicap Chase during day one of the Cheltenham Racing Festival.

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Prior to the start of the Grand National, tensions were high around Aintree, with animal rights protesters managing to breach gates and glue themselves to fences on the course.

READ HERE: Watch: Animal Rights Protestors Force Grand National To Be Delayed

While Merseyside police and spectators desperately tried to clear protesters away from the course, their efforts were rewarded and 15 minutes after the Grand National was due to start, it finally got underway.

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The horses were forced to remain in the paddock with temperatures soaring in Aintree and this disruption likely had an impact on the amount of horses who fell in the opening jumps.

Corach Rambler was rode expertly by Derek Fox, who kept him within striking distance of the race leaders over the 30 jumps.

With just one fence remaining, Corach Rambler smelt victory and leapt phenomenally over the final jump, passing Mister Coffey and fending off pressure from Vanillier and Gaillard Du Mesnil to take home Grand National glory.

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