Grand National 2019 Fact Files
Lake View Lad
Lake View Lad (IRE) 9-10-11
Breeding: gr g Oscar (IRE) - Missy O'Brien (IRE) (Supreme Leader (GB))
Breeder: Peter Magnier
Born: March 19, 2010
Owner: Trevor Hemmings
Trainer: Nick Alexander
Lake View Lad
*Aiming to provide owner Trevor Hemmings with an unprecedented fourth victory in the Randox Health Grand National.
*Purchased by Hemmings during the summer and has since won two of his three starts.
*Defeated Captain Chaos by two and three-quarter lengths in the Listed Rehearsal Handicap Chase (2m 7.5f) at Newcastle on December 1 and had the same rival four lengths behind when winning the G3 Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (3m) in good style at Wetherby on December 26.
*Last seen out finishing an excellent staying-on third, beaten just over three lengths, under top-weight in the G3 Ultima Handicap Chase (3m 1f) at the Cheltenham Festival on March 12. His rating has been raised 3lb to 158, making him 3lb well-in.
Race record: Starts: 20; Wins: 8; 2nd: 3; 3rd: 5; Win & Place Prize Money: £131,484
Trevor Hemmings CVO
Born: June 11, 1935 Background: Brought up in Woolwich Arsenal, South-East London, where his father worked at the Royal Ordnance factory. Was sent to Lancashire as a five-year-old during World War II and began life as a bricklayer's apprentice after leaving school at 15. Became involved in the Pontins holiday business and eventually came to own the company. He sold Pontins to Scottish & Newcastle in exchange for a significant S & N shareholding in 1989. He bought back Pontins in 2000 but retained a stake in S & N, which netted him £218 million when the company was sold in January, 2008. Sold Blackpool Tower and the Winter Gardens to the North West resort's town council for £40 million in March, 2010. In 2012, agreed to sell his major shareholding in Arena Leisure Plc, which owned Folkestone, Lingfield, Southwell, Wolverhampton and Windsor racecourses and managed Doncaster and Worcester, to the Reuben brothers. Owns a controlling shareholding in Preston North End FC (since 2010), the Trust Inns pub company with over 350 pubs and the Northern Trust Group which is a substantial property investment, development, land management and regeneration business with 8m square feet in over 200 industrial, trade counter and office parks extending from the South Midlands to the central belt of Scotland. He is chairman of the TJH Foundation, a charity which provides grants to organisations such as Macmillan Cancer Relief, St John Ambulance, Crimestoppers Trust, Royal National Lifeboat Association, the Injured Jockeys' Fund and Racing Welfare. In 2011, he was appointed a Commander of the Victorian Order (CVO) for his work as vice-president of the Princess Royal Trust Carers. In 2018, the Sunday Times estimated Hemmings' wealth at £1 billion, up from £850 million the previous year. As well as racehorses, he also has eventers who are ridden by Zara Phillips - she partnered the Hemmings-owned High Kingdom to win team silver in three-day eventing at London 2012. He is famous for wearing a flat cap. Racing Interests: Fulfilled greatest ambition when Hedgehunter carried his colours to victory in the 2005 Grand National. After years of trying, Hemmings had finally emulated his mentor Fred Pontin, owner of the 1971 National hero Specify, with his 13th Grand National runner. Ballabriggs added a second Grand National success in 2011 and Many Clouds a third in 2015. He tried to win Grand National for first time with Stan Mellor-trained Rubika, 14th in 1992. His first winner came on the Flat in 1985. Hemmings brings on young jumping stock at Gleadhill House Stud, near Chorley, Lancashire, managed by former trainer Mick Meagher, and at his Monymusk Stud in Co Cork. He also has Wood Farm Stud in Shropshire, which is managed by his son Philip. Hemmings, who was made an honorary Jockey Club member in December, 2006, is based on the Isle of Man (since 2002) and is said to have paid £12 million for the Ballavoddan Manor estate on the island where his retired horses live at his Ballaseyr Stud. He has enjoyed 11 winners at the Cheltenham Festival, headed by dual Ryanair Chase hero Albertas Run and has around 70 horses in training in Britain. Randox Health Grand National Achievements: One of only four owners to have won the race three times along with Noel Le Mare (Red Run 1973, 1974 & 1977), James Machall (1873 Disturbance, 1874 Reugny, 1876 Regal) and Sir Charles Assheton-Smith (1893 Cloister, Jerry M 1912, Covertcoat 1913). His winners have been Hedgehunter (9-11-01, 7/1 favourite, trained by Willie Mullins & ridden by Ruby Walsh - 2005), Ballabriggs (10-11-00, 14/1, Donald McCain/Jason Maguire - 2011) and Many Clouds (8-11-09, 25/1, Oliver Sherwood/Leighton Aspell - 2015).
Randox Health Grand National Record - 35: 1992 Rubika (14th); 2000 The Last Fling (7th); Esprit De Cotte (FELL 22nd); 2001 The Last Fling (UR 5th), Esprit De Cotte (UR 11th); 2002 Goguenard (FELL 1st), Beau (UR 14th); 2003 Southern Star (14th), Chives (PU 12th); 2004 Artic Jack (FELL 1st), Southern Star (PU 9th), Hedgehunter (FELL 30th); 2005 HEDGEHUNTER (WON), Europa (20th); 2006 Hedgehunter (2nd), Juveigneur (FELL 1st), 2007 Hedgehunter (9th), Billyvoddan (PU 19th); 2008 Cloudy Lane (6th), Hedgehunter (13th), Idle Talk (14th); 2009 Idle Talk (12th), Battlecry (16th), Cloudy Lane (UR 15th); 2010 Cloudy Lane (8th); 2011 BALLABRIGGS (WON), King Fontaine (11th); 2012 Ballabriggs (6th); 2013 Ballabriggs (PU 24th); 2014 Burton Port (UR 2nd), Vintage Star (PU 26th); 2015 MANY CLOUDS (WON); 2016 Many Clouds (16th); 2017 Vicente (FELL 1st); 2018 Warriors Tale (PU 29th).
Nick Alexander (Fife, Scotland)
Born: May 31, 1961 Background: Hails from the Alexander family that established one of the UK's leading coachbuilders - Falkirk-based Walter Alexander Coachbuilders. The family sold its interest in the firm in 1990 and it currently exists as Alexander Dennis following a merger with English bus makers the Dennis Group. The Alexander family is also steeped in Jump racing. Nick's father Cyril (who died in 1992) was permit holder, while his brothers Jamie, Michael and David are all keen horsemen and rode in point-to-points. The four brothers competed in a five-runner point-to-point in 2002 but lost out as the race was won by the only non-family member in the race. Following Cyril Alexander's death in 1992, the family's horses were trained by Jim Barclay up until 2002 when Nick started training from the family's 800-acre Kinneston base in Fife. After five years as a permit holder, during which time he worked as a stockbroker, he took out a full licence in 2007. His best season to date numerically came in 2015/16 when he enjoyed 31 successes at a strike rate of 14 per cent, but he is on target to beat that total this season, with 23 wins up to and including March 24. Lake View Lad provided the stable with its first graded success in G3 Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby on Boxing Day. Nick's daughter Lucy, one of four children with his wife Rose, has been a trailblazer for female Jump jockeys in the UK; she was crowned Champion Conditional Jockey in 2012/13, the first time a woman won the title. Catriona "Catch" Bissett, assistant trainer, was named Employee of the Year at the 2019 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards in February, and presented with a cheque for £30,000, of which £15,000 was shared among the staff at Kinneston Stables. Catch first of all gained the Leadership Award at the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards. She completed the British Horseracing Authority Graduate Scheme in 2011 and joined Kinneston in 2014.
Randox Health Grand National Record: No previous runners.