It's really not often that a horse heading to the Grand National gets sold three days before the race but that's exactly the situation with Tarquinius, one of trainer Gordon Elliott‘s two runners this year.
Richard Gilbert, who has horses in training with Lucinda Russell, Chris Grant, Rose Dobbin and Keith Dalgleish, is the new owner of the 10-year-old gelding and was delighted with his purchase saying “I don’t have a staying chaser at the moment and the fact that he had an entry in the John Smith's Grand National was an added bonus.”
Tarquinius was a general 100/1 with the bookmakers but odds have shortened to 66/1 as he continues to train well for Elliott and citing as some of the reasons he has been purchased, the broker Tom Malone said “Because he held an entry in the John Smith’s Grand National as well as being well handicapped over hurdles, we felt we should go for him.
“He is a horse who could stay in the big chases or go well over hurdles in Ireland. We could have a lot of fun with him.”
Tarquinius's new owner Gilbert is the Managing Director of a construction firm based in Newcastle and as lifelong racing fan said “There is no better spectacle than racing, and even better if you have a horse involved.”