Ronnie Wood and Alex Ferguson will cheer on their horses in the Grand National
Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood and football legend Sir Alex Ferguson are among the celebrities hoping to cheer their horses to victory at this year’s Grand National.
Daytime TV star Jeremy Kyle is also a part-owner of Ferguson’s entry for the Aintree showpiece.
Wood, 71, owns Sandymount Duke, which is stabled with Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer Jessica Harrington.
He has never had a horse in the Grand National, which is worth £1million in prize money with more than £500,000 going to the winner.
His gelding, which has won 10 of its 30 races, is among 112 initial entries which will be whittled down to 40 by the time the steeplechase is run.
Ferguson, 77, and Kyle, 53, both own shares in nine-year-old entrant Give Me A Copper.
Former Man United manager Ferguson had a good result on Boxing Day when Clan Des Obeaux won the 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton Park.
There is a long list of rich and famous owners to have entered horses in the Liverpool race over the years.
Hollywood actor Gregory Peck owned Different Class, which ran in 1964. Comedian Freddie Starr owned the winner of the 1994 Grand National, Miinnehoma.
And former England rugby star Mike Tindall’s horse Monbeg Dude finished third in the race in 2015.
Michael O’Leary, controversial chief executive officer of budget airline Ryanair, currently has 14 entries for the April 6 race.
He won the 2018 Grand National with Tiger Roll, which is expected to line up to defend its crown in April.
Former Barclays Capital chief executive officer Rich Ricci has also entered two of his horses – Some Neck and Livelovelaugh.
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