It’s fantastic to see that there are still some incredibly huge-hearted people in the world and right now my number one guy is Graham Wylie who has pledged one of his 2012 Grand National hopefuls to the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
Wylie has two Grand National entries including ante-post favourite Prince De Beauchene as well as his other hopeful On His Own and either of which could be running for the chosen charity on the day.
Wylie has deep personal ties with the charity as one of his twin daughters, Kiera, has undergone three live-saving operations at the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle since being born in December 2009.
Both horses are trained by Willie Mullins, and will still carry Wylie’s black and beige silks, but one will be bidding to pick up some prize-money for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund.
“One of the horses will be leased to a good friend of mine called Semore Kurdi for the day and will run in aid of the Children’s Heart Unit Fund,” said Wylie.
“The people at the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle have performed three operations on my daughter Kiera.
“She had to have open heart surgery soon after she was born and has had two operations since, but hopefully she will never have to have another heart operation again.”
It is now up to Kurdi whether the charity will be represented by Prince De Beauchene, a runaway winner of the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse last weekend, or Thyestes Chase scorer On His Own.
“I will leave it up to Semore to decide,” Wylie added.
“It would be a fairytale if the chosen horse could go and win the Grand National, but let’s just hope both horses get there in good form.”