Cumbria Crack

Takingrisks pulls up in Grand National

Takingrisks and Looking Well

Cumbrian-trained horse Takingrisks failed to complete the Grand National today, pulling up at the back of the field just before the 18th.

Trained by Greystoke trainer Nicky Richards, Takingrisks is owned by Langwathby-based Frank Bird.

Takingrisks was bidding to become the first 12-year-old to win the world’s greatest steeplechase since Amberleigh House in 2004.

Having won the Scottish National in 2019, Takingrisks then sprang a 40-1 surprise in the Sky Bet Handicap Chase at Doncaster in January and was partnered by Sean Quinlan, who is based at Bolton, near Appleby.

The Grand National was won by Minella Times and jockey Rachael Blackmore – the first female to win the world-famous race.

Looking Well, also trained by Nicky, competed in the Foxhunters Chase on Thursday, which also uses Grand National fences.

Looking Well, owned by David Wesley Yates,

Taking the reins of Looking Well, owned by David Wesley Yates, was partnered by Cork-based John Barry. They were 13th.