Grand National trophy visits Wexford racecourse

At this morning’s visit of the Randox Grand National 2023 trophy to Wexford racecourse were; (left to right); Ian Carty, Stephen O’Keeffe and David O’Keeffe (ground staff), Donie O’Brien, Wexford Racecourse, Paul Hillis (breeder) sharing the trophy with Michael Murphy (Track Manager), Ursula Sinnott, Secretary Wexford Racecourse, John Henry, Poolcourt Ltd (sponsor) and Denis Hickey, Wexford Racecourse.

By Dan Walsh at Wexford racecourse

The prestigious Randox Grand National 2023 winner’s trophy won by Corach Rambler (8/1) in the world’s toughest steeplechase at Aintree racecourse last Saturday paid a special visit to Bettyville Park, Wexford, this morning, in a celebration of the local horse breeding industry.

Corach Rambler is a nine-year-old son of Jeremy bred by Paul Hillis from the Bannow-Ballymitty area of south Wexford, who is also a dedicated supporter and sponsor at Wexford racecourse and this morning’s display of the trophy was about the entire racing community sharing in the celebrations following an historic occasion for Wexford.

It was a pleasant occasion for refreshments and a photo-shoot attended by directors of Wexford racecourse and the ground staff joined in.

John Henry represented Poolcourt Ltd, long time sponsors at Wexford races and they are back in that generous role at the next fixture on May 20th.

Corach Rambler, who has won the long-distance chase at the last two Cheltenham Festivals (2022 and 2023), ran in the colours of The Forge Syndicate, was handled by John Martin Walsh, Scar Stables, Duncormick, and ridden by Sean Staples when winning his point-to-point at Monksgrange on September 27th 2020.

He was sold to Michael Scudamore for £17,000, is now at the Scottish stables of Lucinda Russell, and has earned over £700,000 on the racetrack. Corach Rambler is not only a local legend now, but an equestrian great with his name etched in the history of steeplechasing.

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