Burton Port (IRE) 10-10-08



Breeding: Bob Back (USA) - Despute (IRE) (Be My Native (USA))

Breeder: Thomas Meagher

Born: March 27, 2004

Owner: Trevor Hemmings

Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill

Form: 113342/1211121/2/242/509P82



Burton Port

*High-class chaser, having finished second in the RSA Chase at The Cheltenham Festival in 2010 and chased home Diamond Harry in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury later the same year.

*Boasts an excellent record at Aintree, winning the Betfred Mobile Mildmay Novices' Chase in April, 2010, and filling the runner-up spot in the Betfred Bowl at the same meeting in 2012.

*Missed the whole of the 2012/2013 campaign with a tendon injury and moved from Nicky Henderson to Jonjo O'Neill ahead of the current season.

*Runner-up on most recent start in extended three and a quarter-mile veterans' handicap chase at Newbury on March 1, by far his best form of the season with firt-time cheek-pieces.

Race Record (under Rules): Starts: 23; Wins: 7; 2nd: 7; 3rd: 2; Win & Place prize money: 266,760



Trevor Hemmings CVO

Born: June 11, 1935 Background: Brought up in Woolwich Arsenal, south east London, where his father worked at the Royal Ordnance factory. Was sent to Lancashire as a five-year-old during World War II and began life as a bricklayer's apprentice after leaving school aged 15, before becoming involved in the Pontins holiday business. Eventually became the owner and sold it to Scottish & Newcastle in exchange for a significant shareholding in S & N (in 1989). Bought Pontins back in 2000 but retained a stake in S & N, which netted him 218 million when the company was sold in January, 2008. Sold Blackpool Tower and the Winter Gardens to the North West resort's town council for 40 million in March, 2010. In 2012, agreed to sell his major shareholding in Arena Leisure Plc, which owned Folkestone, Lingfield, Southwell, Wolverhampton and Windsor racecourses and managed Doncaster and Worcester, to the Reuben brothers. Arena also has a major part of specialist broadcaster At The Races which owns some of British racing's media rights. Owns a share of Preston North End FC and is chairman of the TJH Foundation, a charity which makes grants to organisations such as Macmillan Cancer Relief, St John Ambulance, Crimestoppers Trust, Royal National Lifeboat Association, the Injured Jockeys' Fund and Racing Welfare. In 2011, he was appointed a Commander of the Victorian Order (CVO) for his work as vice-president of the Princess Royal Trust Carers. In 2013, the Sunday Times estimated Hemmings' wealth at 610 million. Also has eventers who are ridden by Zara Phillips - she rode the Hemmings-owned High Kingdom (whose stable nickname is "Trev") when winning team silver in three-day eventing at London 2012. Racing Interests: Fulfilled one of his greatest ambitions when Hedgehunter carried his colours to victory in the 2005 Crabbie's Grand National. After years of trying, Hemmings had finally emulated his mentor Fred Pontin, owner of the 1971 National hero Specify, with his 13th Grand National runner. Ballabriggs added a memorable second Crabbie's Grand National success in 2011. First winner came on the Flat in 1985 but Hemmings now brings on young jumping stock at Gleadhill House Stud, near Chorley, Lancashire, managed by former trainer Mick Meagher, and at his Monymusk Stud in Co Cork. First tried to win the Crabbie's Grand National with the Stan Mellor-trained Rubika, who finished 14th in 1992. Hemmings, who was made an honorary Jockey Club member in December, 2006, is based on the Isle of Man and is said to have paid 12 million for the Ballavoddan estate on the island where his retired horses live. Has enjoyed 11 winners at the Cheltenham Festival, headed by dual Ryanair Chase hero Albertas Run.

Crabbie's Grand National Record: 1992 Rubika (14th); 2000 The Last Fling (7th); Esprit De Cotte (Fell 22nd); 2001 The Last Fling (UR 5th), Esprit De Cotte (UR 11th); 2002 Goguenard (Fell 1st), Beau (UR 14th); 2003 Southern Star (14th), Chives (PU bef 12th); 2004 Arctic Jack (Fell 1st), Southern Star (PU bef 9th), Hedgehunter (Fell 30th); 2005 HEDGEHUNTER (WON), Europa (20th); 2006 Hedgehunter (2nd), Juveigneur (Fell 1st), 2007 Hedgehunter (9th), Billyvoddan (PU bef 19th); 2008 Cloudy Lane (6th), Hedgehunter (13th), Idle Talk (14th); 2009 Idle Talk (12th), Battlecry (16th), Cloudy Lane (UR 15th); 2010 Cloudy Lane (8th); 2011 BALLABRIGGS (WON), King Fontaine (11th); 2012 Ballabriggs (6th); 2013 Ballabriggs (PU bef 24th)



Jonjo O'Neill (Jackdaws Castle, Gloucestershire)

Born: April 13, 1952. Background: Champion Jump jockey twice (1977/78 and 1979/80) and set a then record for a season of 149 winners in his first championship year. The most sensational moment of his riding career came when he won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Dawn Run in 1986 as the mare became the only horse to win that trophy after having previously taken the Champion Hurdle (1984), again with O'Neill in the saddle. This was one of nine victories at the Cheltenham Festival but, despite this successful riding career, he had a dreadful record in the Grand National and never completed the race in eight rides. He retired at the end of the 1985/86 season and, having survived lymphatic cancer not long after that, started training near Penrith, Cumbria, in 1987. Moved to his present base at Jackdaws Castle near Cheltenham when the yard was bought by owner J P McManus in 2001. In 2010, O'Neill finally broke his Grand National duck when saddling Don't Push It to victory for McManus, who had been trying to win the race since 1982. Achievements: Has trained 25 Cheltenham Festival winners. Major wins include: Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup (2012 Synchronised), Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle (2004 Rhinestone Cowboy), Ladbrokes World Hurdle (2004 Iris' Gift, 2014 More Of That), Lexus Chase (2008 Exotic Dancer, 2012 Synchronised), Ryanair Chase (2010 & 2011 Albertas Run), williamhill.com Christmas Hurdle (2002 & 2003 Intersky Falcon).

Crabbie's Grand National Record: 2003 Carbury Cross (7th); 2004 Clan Royal (2nd), Joss Naylor (PU bef 19th); 2005 Simply Gifted (3rd), Shamawan (21st), Native Emperor (UR 9th), Clan Royal (CO bef 22nd); 2006 Clan Royal (3rd), Risk Accessor (5th); 2007 Clan Royal (11th); 2008 Bob Hall (PU bef 19th), Butler's Cabin (Fell 22nd); 2009 Butler's Cabin (7th), Reveillez (BD 3rd), Can't Buy Time (Fell 18th); 2010 DON'T PUSH IT (WON), Can't Buy Time (Fell 8t h); 2011 Don't Push It (3rd), Quolibet (UR 11th), Can't Buy Time (Fell 18th); 2012 Sunnyhillboy (2nd), Synchronised (Fell 6th) Arbor Supreme (UR 10th); 2013 Lost Glory (PU before 17th), Sunnyhillboy (UR last)