Well, all we can say is, unbelievable. Balko Des Flos very nearly won the Grand National only to be denied by the superb Rachael Blackmore and Minella Times to finish second. Balko jumped superbly throughout the race getting into a rhythm on the first circuit before jockey Aidan Coleman started to pick his way through the field on the second circuit. Turning in for home he looked to be the winner but a slight mistake at the last fence lost him valuable momentum which enabled Minella Times to win nicely in the end to give trainer Henry De Bromhead the first two home. To finish second in a Grand National is still a dream of a lifetime and we hope you all had a great thrill watching the race. We could not be prouder of Balko and Aidan for doing the steering.
After the race Aidan went to give Balko a pick of grass and reported him to be absolutely fine. He will arrive back at Henry’s yard this morning where both he and Minella Times will receive heroes welcome!
Balko will now have a very easy week and we will make a plan in a week or so with Henry. One thing is for sure, we’re all going to have huge amounts of fun with him going forwards. Many congratulations to you all. We will organise prize money to be distributed once funds are received from Weatherbys which usually takes around a month. Enjoy your day and keep celebrating!