Grand National 2019 Fact Files
Up For Review
Up For Review (IRE) 10-10-02
Breeding: br g Presenting (GB) - Coolsilver (IRE) (Good Thyne (USA))
Breeder: Colette O'Driscoll
Born: April 8, 2009
Owner: Andrea & Graham Wylie
Trainer: Willie Mullins IRE
*Lightly-raced 10-year-old who had almost two years off the track between April, 2016, and February, 2018.
*Up For Review was successful in two of five starts over fences last season, in novice contests at Gowran Park and Killarney, as well as finishing fourth behind stablemate Al Boum Photo in the G1 Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse in April.
*Returned this season with a promising third in the Thyestes Handicap Chase (3m 1f) at Gowran Park in January and again shaped well prior to a shuddering mistake three out when eighth in the G3 Ultima Handicap Chase (3m 1f) at Cheltenham on March 12.
*Won the G2 Dorans Pride Novice Hurdle (3m) at Punchestown in December, 2015.
Race record: Starts: 16; Wins: 6; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 2; Win & Place Prize Money: £77,422
Andrea & Graham Wylie
Background: Multi-millionaire Graham Wylie made his money in the computer software industry. He is the son of Scottish parents - his father was a coalminer from Stirling and his mother a seamstress from Hawick, where Wylie was born in 1959. After graduating from Newcastle University in 1980 with a degree in computer science and statistics, he founded Sage in 1981 with David Goldman, Phil Lever and Paul Muller, selling accountancy software. The company floated on the stock exchange in 1989. After stepping down as managing director of Sage in May, 2003, Wylie sold a number of his shares and gained over £120 million. A huge Newcastle United fan, he married his second wife Andrea Stone at Slaley Hall, Northumberland in May, 2003 - the event was described as the "north-east's wedding of the decade," and was attended by over 250 guests, including Alan Shearer and Sir Bobby Robson. Pop superstar Ronan Keating performed at the couple's wedding (for a reputed £175,000), singing When You Say Nothing At All, from the 1999 film Notting Hill, which the couple saw on their first date. Graham Wylie founded a new company, Technology Services Group (TSG), in 2003. He owns Close House Country Club and golf course, and Gosforth Shopping Centre, and was awarded a CBE for his services to industry in the 2004 New Year's Honours list. Graham's contribution to the North East region has been acknowledged by the award of honorary doctorates by both the University of Newcastle and Northumbria University, and the freedom of the city of Newcastle. The Sunday Times Rich List in 2018 estimated he is worth £160 million. The Wylies live close to Hexham in Northumberland and Andrea has also excelled at showing dogs, primarily miniature bull terriers, another interest they share, winning the best of breed prize at Crufts 2013 with her Maltese dog Hi-Lite Come Dance With Me. The couple's twin daughters Kiera and Zahra were born in December, 2009. Kiera was born with a defective heart, which has led the Wylies to fund raise for the heart unit at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital among other charitable endeavours. Racing Interests: Their first horse Lord Transcend, named after Andrea's hair and beauty salon in Hexham, won at 33/1 on his debut at Newcastle in March, 2002, and went on to prove himself a high-class horse over hurdles and fences, winning six times in all, before a leg injury sustained at Haydock in January, 2006, cut short his racing career. Having caught the 'racing bug' through the success of Lord Transcend, Graham and Andrea Wylie invested millions of pounds and built up a large string in training with Howard Johnson. At Doncaster's 2003 May Sale, Graham Wylie set a then record for a Jump horse when paying 340,000 guineas for Royal Rosa, which was a wedding present for his wife. Howard Johnson was banned from racing for four years in August 2011, and as a result, the Wylies reduced their 60-strong string by half and sent 12 to British Jump champion Paul Nicholls and seven to Irish Jump champion Willie Mullins. Their horses these days are all trained by Mullins, with around 15 in training. Have seen their colours carried to victory at the Cheltenham Festival on 13 occasions, including three in 2016 (Yorkhill, Black Hercules and Solar Impulse). Their star has been three-time Stayers' Hurdle victor Inglis Drever. The Wylies bred high-class performer Augusta Kate at their Chesters Stud. Randox Health Grand National Record - 9: 2007 Bewleys Berry (Fell 22nd); 2008 Bewleys Berry (5th), Backbeat (Fell 2nd); 2010 Royal Rosa (UR 14th); 2011 Tidal Bay (UR 10th); 2012 On His Own (leased for the day) (Fell 22nd); 2013 On His Own (Fell 25th); 2014 Prince De Beauchene (16th); 2016 Boston Bob (PU 22nd).
Willie Mullins IRE (Bagenalstown, County Carlow)
Born: September 15, 1956 Background: A six-time champion amateur rider in Ireland, his successes in the saddle included the 1983 Fox Hunters' Chase at Aintree on Atha Cliath (among the also-rans were Robert Waley-Cohen, chairman of Cheltenham Racecourse, and former Aintree Racecourse chairman Lord Daresbury). As a jockey in the Randox Health Grand National, his rides included The Ladys Master, who ran out in 1983, and Hazy Dawn, who fell at the sixth the following year. He partnered three winners at the Cheltenham Festival. He hails from one of Ireland's most famous racing families, being a son of the late Paddy Mullins, the outstanding all-round trainer whose most dazzling star was Dawn Run, winner of the 1984 Champion Hurdle and 1986 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Training Achievements: Assisted his father and Jim Bolger before taking out a training licence in 1988. He has been Ireland's champion Jump trainer 12 times. He has won most of the major prizes in Britain and Ireland, and several in France as well. He is the winning-most trainer ever at the Cheltenham Festival, with 65 successes to his credit, including Champion Hurdles with Annie Power, Faugheen and Hurricane Fly, and an extraordinary nine in the Champion Bumper, starting with Wither Or Which (which he also rode) in 1996. This year, Al Boum Photo provided Mullins with an elusive first Cheltenham Gold Cup success, having trained the runner-up on six occasions. He has been leading trainer at The Festival for six of the last nine years (including a record eight winners in 2015). Mullins' star performer in the early part of the century was Florida Pearl, who was placed in two Cheltenham Gold Cups, won the 1998 RSA Chase, the 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2004 Irish Gold Cups in Ireland as well as the 2001 King George VI Chase and the 2002 Betway Bowl at Aintree. The brilliant Hurricane Fly won the Unibet Champion Hurdle in 2011 and 2013 and Mullins' other Cheltenham Festival winners include the amazing Quevega who created history by becoming the only horse to win the same race in six consecutive years (the OLBG Mares' Hurdle). Mullins has around 200 horses at his Closutton yard near Bagenalstown in Co Carlow. His first Grand National runner as a trainer, Micko's Dream, fell at the first in 2000. Mullins, a former chairman of the Irish Trainers' Federation, also suffered disappointment in 2004 when Hedgehunter departed at the final fence in the Randox Health Grand National when looking assured of a place. The following year Hedgehunter won the Grand National, coming home 14 lengths clear of Royal Auclair, and he also finished second in 2006.
Randox Health Grand National Record - 36: 2000 Micko's Dream (FELL 1st); 2002 Alexander Banquet (UR 6th); 2004 Alexander Banquet (FELL 18th), Hedgehunter (FELL 30th); 2005 HEDGEHUNTER (WON); 2006 Hedgehunter (2nd); 2007 Hedgehunter (9th), Livingstonebramble (UR 6th), Homer Wells (PU 22nd), Bothar Na (PU 29th); 2008 Snowy Morning (3rd), Hedgehunter (13th); 2009 Snowy Morning (9th), Irish Invader (11th); 2010 Snowy Morning (6th), Arbor Supreme (UR 15th); 2011 The Midnight Club (6th), Dooney's Gate (FELL 6th), Arbor Supreme (FELL 28th); 2012 The Midnight Club (11th), Quiscover Fontaine (FELL 17th), On His Own (FELL 22nd); 2013 Quiscover Fontaine (16th), Quel Esprit (PU 24th), On His Own (FELL 25th); 2014 Vesper Bell (13th), Prince De Beauchene (16th); 2015 Ballycasey (BD 8th); 2016 On His Own (FELL 15th), Sir Des Champs (FELL 15th), Boston Bob (PU 22nd), Ballycasey (UR 29th); 2017 Pleasant Company (9th); 2018 Pleasant Company (2nd), Total Recall (PU 29th), Childrens List (PU 30th).