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Grey Horses in the Grand National 2024: What You Need to Know

File photo dated 17/03/2010 of Chicago Grey ridden Alan Cawley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 19, 2013. Chicago Grey boosted his claims for the John Smith's Grand National when springing a 25-1 surprise in the Red Mills Chase at Navan. See PA story RACING Navan. Photo credit should read: Gareth Copley/PA Wire

Grey Horses Galloping to Victory

This weekend, the Grand National is set to thrill viewers once again, with punters eagerly anticipating the £560,000 prize. Among the 34 contenders, keep an eye out for Rachel Blackmore's Minella Indo and a few striking grey horses making their mark at Aintree.

Uncommon Yet Noteworthy

While grey horses may be less common in racing, their presence at racecourses across the UK is increasing. Typically, brown, black, bay, and chestnut horses dominate the field, but the distinctive grey coats are capturing attention.

Meet the Grey Contenders

This year, four grey horses are vying for victory in the Grand National:

  • Vanillier
  • Panda Boy
  • Coko Beach
  • Eldorado Allen

A Historic Look Back

Grey horses have made their mark in the Grand National's history, with Neptune Collonges clinching the victory in 2012. Prior to that, Nicolaus Silver triumphed in 1961, while The Lamb secured two wins in the 19th century.

Frequently Asked Questions

What role does a steward play in horse races?

Stewards play a vital role in ensuring that horse racing events are conducted fairly and in accordance with the rules of racing. They have to supervise the conduct by jockeys or trainers along with other race personnel. The stewards can also impose sanctions, such as suspensions or fines, if rules are broken.

How are horses and their riders kept safe during a racing event?

Safety is paramount in UK horseracing. This includes both the horses and their riders. To ensure high safety standards are met, racecourses must adhere to strict regulations. These include the quality and condition of the jumps as well as the track. Horses receive health checks prior to and after races. Jocks are also required to wear protective gear like helmets and body guards. A rapid response team and veterinarians are on call to respond quickly and effectively in the event of an incident.

How can I read a racecard easily?

It is important to read a racecard in order to understand the race and the horses that are running. The racecard will list details like the name of the horse, its age, the weight it is carrying, the trainer and jockey as well as form figures that represent past performances. Sometimes, the color of the silks the jockey wears are also listed. By learning how to interpret these data, you can better gauge each horse’s chances. As part of their customer services, many betting services and racecourses provide guides on reading racecards.

What are some of the most prestigious events for horse racing in the UK.

The United Kingdom is home to several world-renowned horse racing events. The most prestigious of these include Royal Ascot and the Grand National in Aintree. These events, which showcase the best of equine ability and provide rich tradition as well as history, have also become social occasions. There are even dress codes for these events and they receive royal patronage.

Can you describe what the “Going” is in horseracing?

The surface of the racecourse on the day of the race is called ‘going’. It is an important factor that can influence the performance and outcome of a racing. The ‘Going’ can range from heavy, indicating a very soft and wet track, to firm, indicating a hard and dry surface. There are several grades in between: soft, soft to good, soft to firm, hard. Trainers and riders must take into account the “Going”, when making decisions about racing strategies and equipment. For example, choosing horseshoes that provide better grip.

What’s the meaning of jockeys’ silks?

The jockey’s silks are the colorful and patterned garments worn during a race. Each set is unique to its owner and allows both spectators as well as officials to easily identify each horse during the race. Owners can choose to include colors, patterns and emblems that have sentimental or traditional value.


  • Approximately 6 million people attend horse racing events in the UK each year, making it the second most popular spectator sport in the country.
  • British racing oversees around 1,500 fixtures annually across its 59 racecourses.
  • Horse racing contributes an estimated £3.7 billion to the UK economy directly and indirectly each year.
  • In the UK, more than 14,000 people are employed directly in the horse racing industry.
  • The Royal Ascot, held annually in June, draws crowds of 300,000 over its five-day meeting.
  • The National Hunt racing season in the UK sees approximately 1,000 races with hurdles or fences each year.

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How to Select a Winning Horse at UK Racing

The form of a horse is important to consider when choosing a winner. It includes past performances, race distances, surfaces, and the success records of the jockeys and trainers. Focus on horses that consistently place in the top 3 of recent races. Assess the horse’s suitability and performance under similar track conditions. Assess the performance of the trainer and the jockey by comparing their win and placement statistics. Although there isn’t a foolproof method for selecting a winner you can increase your chances by doing thorough research.