Grand National 2019 Fact Files
Anibale Fly (FR) 9-11-06
Breeding: b g Assessor (IRE) - Nouba Fly (FR) (Chamberlin (FR))
Breeder: Earl Baty, Mr V Baty, Mr F Lemercier
Born: May 28, 2010
Owner: J P McManus
Trainer: Tony Martin IRE
*Made the frame in the two most recent renewals of the G1 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup over three and a quarter miles, finishing third behind Native River in 2018 and a tremendous second to Al Boum Photo on March 15 this year.
*Made two starts this season prior to the Cheltenham Festival, including when chasing home Monalee in the G2 Red Mills Chase (2m 4f) at Gowran Park on February 16.
*High-class novice chaser two seasons ago, finishing second in G1 contests at Fairyhouse (2m 4f) and the Punchestown Festival (3m 1f).
*Won twice over hurdles and twice in bumpers.
Jump race record: Starts: 23; Wins: 7; 2nd: 5; 3rd: 2; Win & Place Prize Money: £503,108
J P McManus
Born: March 10, 1951 in Co Limerick, Ireland. Background: John Patrick 'J P' McManus attended the Christian Brothers School on Sexton Street, Limerick. He left his father's plant hire business at the age of 20 to become a racecourse bookmaker, but then took the less well-trodden route of gamekeeper-turned-poacher when becoming a professional punter. McManus recalls one of his first bets as being on Merryman II in the 1960 Grand National when he was just nine, but the bet that changed his life was £4 on Linden Tree in a Newmarket maiden in 1970, the horse winning at 100/8. He had another £4 on when Linden Tree won the Observer Gold Cup at 25/1, and £5 each-way at 33/1 for the Derby, when the horse beat all bar Mill Reef. He was dubbed "the Sundance Kid" by journalist Hugh McIlvanney after landing a number of major gambles during the 1970s. McManus has a host of business interests including dealing on the financial markets from his Geneva, Switzerland, base (since circa 1994), part-ownership of the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, where he also has a house and an extensive global property portfolio. With Coolmore supremo John Magnier, he bought a 28.7% stake in Manchester United through the Cubic Expression company before subsequently selling out to US tycoon Malcolm Glazer in 2005. He was in the news shortly after that because of his stake in the pub and restaurant operator Mitchells and Butler. In 2018, The Irish Independent valued McManus as having assets of €2.1 billion. Racing interests: McManus purchased his first racehorse, Cill Dara, at the age of 26 and is the biggest Jump owner in terms of numbers in Britain and Ireland, with over 400 horses in training. He owns Jackdaws Castle, the Gloucestershire yard that Jonjo O'Neill trains from, and has invested heavily in improving facilities since purchasing the property in 2001. Mister Donovan provided him with his first Cheltenham Festival success in the 1982 Sun Alliance Novices' Hurdle and McManus has enjoyed 59 winners in total at the meeting - including five this year. He has amassed a record eight victories in the G1 Unibet Champion Hurdle - far more than any other owner. He has also won a G1 Cheltenham Gold Cup with Synchronised (2012) and three G1 Stayers' Hurdles with Baracouda (2002 & 2003) and More Of That (2014). A full 28 years after his first runner in the race, McManus finally achieved a long-held ambition when Don't Push It, trained by Jonjo O'Neill and ridden by A P McCoy, won the 2010 Grand National at Aintree He has had plenty of horses placed in the Randox Health Grand National too, as well lots of success during the Randox Health Grand National Festival. He has been British champion Jump owner 10 times - in the 2005/6, 2006/7, 2008/9, 2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2016/17 & 2017/18 seasons. He retained record-breaking 20-time champion Jump jockey A P McCoy as his main jockey from April, 2004 until the rider's retirement in April, 2015. Barry Geraghty took over that position, with McCoy having an advisory role. Frank Berry is the longstanding McManus racing manager. McManus bought Martinstown Stud, Co. Limerick, in 1982 and built a big mansion there in 2004. Other interests: McManus does a lot of work for charity, including his Pro-Am golf tournament, which takes place every five years (it will be staged next in 2020) and has raised over 140 million euros. He supports many charitable projects in Co Limerick. McManus is also a keen backgammon player and a big hurling fan. Personal life: He is married to Noreen and they have three children, John, Kieran and Sue Ann.
Randox Health Grand National Record - 65: 1982 Deep Gale (FELL 1st); 1988 Bucko (PU 27th); 1992 Laura's Beau (3rd); 1994 Laura's Beau (FELL 6th); 1996 Wylde Hide (UR 24th); 1997 Wylde Hide (UR 22nd); 1998 Gimme Five (5th); 2002 Spot Thedifference (UR 27th); 2003 Youlneverwalkalone (PU 13th); 2004 Clan Royal (2nd), Spot Thedifference (5th), Risk Accessor (UR 6th), Le Coudray (FELL 22nd); 2005 Innox (7th), Spot Thedifference (18th), Shamawan (21st), Clan Royal (CO 22nd), Le Coudray (PU 21st), Risk Accessor (UR 2nd); 2006 Clan Royal (3rd), Risk Accessor (5th), Innox (FELL 1st), First Gold (UR 23rd); 2007 L'Ami (10th), Clan Royal (11th); 2008 King Johns Castle (2nd), L'Ami (FELL 2nd), Bob Hall (PU 19th), Butler's Cabin (FELL 22nd); 2009 Butler's Cabin (7th), Reveillez (BD 3rd), Can't Buy Time (FELL 18th), L'Ami (PU 30th); 2010 DON'T PUSH IT (WON), Can't Buy Time (FELL 8th), Arbor Supreme (UR 15th), King Johns Castle (refused to race); 2011 Don't Push It (3rd), Bluesea Cracker (14th), Quolibet (UR 11th), Can't Buy Time (FELL 18th), Arbor Supreme (FELL 28th); 2012 Sunnyhillboy (2nd), Synchronised (FELL 6th), Arbor Supreme (UR 10th), Quiscover Fontaine (FELL 17th); 2013 Quiscover Fontaine (16th), Colbert Station (UR 15th), Lost Glory (PU 17th), Sunnyhillboy (UR last); 2014 Double Seven (3rd), Colbert Station (PU 25th); 2015 Shutthefrontdoor (5th), Cause Of Causes (8th), Wyck Hill (PU 29th); 2016 Gilgamboa (4th), Shutthefrontdoor (9th), Pendra (13th), Gallant Oscar (UR 18th); 2017 Cause Of Causes (2nd), Regal Encore (8th), More Of That (PU 30th); 2018 Anibale Fly (4th), Carlingford Lough (PU 30th), Pendra (PU 30th).
Tony Martin IRE (Kildalkey, Co Meath)
Born: March 20, 1962 Background: Famed for his raids across the Irish Sea, Tony Martin has made his mark on the Flat as well as over Jumps. He has switched stables in Co Meath in the last year, moving to Trimblestown Stud from Arodstown Stud. Martin started in racing under the old school regime of Clem Magnier. There followed stints with Michael Cunningham, Ted Curtin, Ted Walsh and Lambourn-based Oliver Sherwood, with whom he spent a year. He also had a spell in America before taking up training point-to-pointers. During his time with Magnier, the nickname 'Harvey' stuck with Martin. That was in the golden era of the showjumper Harvey Smith, and, because there were plenty of big tough horses around, Martin had to be as strong as Harvey Smith to ride them. Martin, an accomplished amateur rider, trained and rode the 1999 Aintree novices' hunters' chase winner Extra Stout. Big race victories as a trainer include Davids Lad's success in the 2001 Irish Grand National. Xenophon, winner of the 2003 Pierse Hurdle, provided him with his first Cheltenham Festival success in that season's Coral Cup. He has since added five more Cheltenham Festival winners to his CV, including a memorable double in 2013 with Benefficient (JLT Novices' Chase) and Ted Veale (Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle). His biggest successes on the Flat have come with She's Our Mare (1999) in the Cambridgeshire and Leg Spinner (2007) in the Cesarewitch, the "Autumn Double" at Newmarket and two of the most competitive Flat handicaps in the UK, while he has also recorded a pair of wins in the Ascot Handicap at Royal Ascot with Barba Papa (2000) and Leg Spinner (2005). Laganore provided the trainer with his first G1 Flat triumph in the 2017 Premio Lydia Tesio at Capanelle Racecourse, Italy. Randox Health Grand National Record - 8: 2000 Hollybank Buck (10th); 2001 Hollybank Buck (FELL 3rd); 2002 Davids Lad (FELL 27th); 2004 Davids Lad (11th); 2007 Dun Doire (PU 27th); 2008 Dun Doire (PU 29th); 2016 Gallant Oscar (FELL 18th); 2018 Anibale Fly (4th).