Mr. John Patrick McManus is National Hunt’s largest owner, who is renowned for his support in helping Tony McCoy to the major success he had throughout his career.
He has had success in all races that includes the Grand National and of course the key Cheltenham festival races. One of the most famous of those wins was his horse Don’t push it ridden by McCoy which was the only time the champion jockey triumphed in the contest throughout his incredible riding career.
Looking at the 2018 edition of the race; the latest Grand National race predictions have Blaklion as the one they all have to beat.
In 2012, another McManus star, Synchronised, won the Cheltenham Gold cup but if you look through his horses over time one stands out from the rest. That is the three time Champion hurdle winner Istabraq who will forever be remembered as one of the greatest hurdlers in the history of the sport with a time form rating of 180 which is only eclipsed by the mighty Night Nurse with a rating of 182. He has had another star hurdler on his hands, 2017 Champion hurdle winner Buveur D’air, who will be looking to defend his title come March.
Based in Ireland, they have become one of the leading owners in the sport. With the horses being trained by maestro Willie Mullins it comes as no surprise as they have continued to invest in recent years. This has led to major success with domination in many of the top races in both Ireland and at the top festivals across the UK.
When you look at their champions such as the mighty Vautour who dominated the Cheltenham festival and possibly put the greatest performance of a novice in recent memory in the 2015 running of the JLT Novices Chase. Another star for the owners is the dual Cheltenham festival winner Douvan who looked to be the top prospect in training before an injury effected his chances and he has yet to make the race course since. Their leading light heading into the 2018 festival looks to be Faugheen who has returned following an injury looking as good as ever as he looks to regain his Champion hurdle crown and cement his legacy as one of the greatest hurdlers of all time. They have also started to have runners in the Grand National but will have it all to do with the latest Grand National odds making the previously mentioned Blaklion as the current 12/1 favourite.
The duo have had more recent success and have continued to build their brigade all over Great Britain, Ireland and in France. They have quickly established themselves as one of the leading lights in the owners’ ranks with a list of top horses. One of those is of course Bristol De Mai who looked to be challenging for the Triple Crown following a dominant display in the Betfair Chase but could not follow up in the King George.
One of their leading lights has to be the ever popular Top Notch who looks to be one of the top chasers in Britain following some dominant recent displays that included a win in the Peterborough Chase. They also look to have one of the most exciting Novice chasers in training as the Mullins trained Footpad looks to be the real deal. Footpad was a top hurdler but since going chasing looks to have improved massively and heads to the Arkle looking like one of the bankers of the meeting. Betfair make him the 15/8 favourite to oblige.