Le Milos Grand National Wins
Le Milos has never won the Grand National.
Their best finish to date was in 2023 where they came 10th. They were ridden by Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton.
By the time he was a seven-year-old, Le Milos had already experienced being trained by three different yards. Foaled in 2015, this horse has slowly worked his way up the ranks over the years, going from being a three-year-old hurdler in France over the minimum trip to staying chaser thriving over longer distances.
Dan Skelton is now the man in charge of training this horse, and they’ve already landed a top race together as a partnership. A strong stayer and good jumper, he looks tailor-made to run in staying chase races for a number of years, hopefully staying settled in the same yard.
Le Milos’ Early Years
Despite being a British-bred horse, Le Milos began his racing career in France under the care of Pierre Raussin. His debut came in July 2018, the first of five runs in three-year-old hurdle races, but sadly, the horse was not able to win any of those, with a fifth placed effort in his last two starts being the best he had.
After this, he was sent back to Great Britain, where he joined the Tim Vaughan team and continued his hurdling career. Fourth on debut, he would win his second start, a Sandown handicap hurdle off a mark of 118.
The following season, he would return and continue to be a novice hurdler, winning on his seasonal debut in a novice hurdle race but failing to win any of the other four runs that season. After a summer break, novice chasing would come next, when he would run three times, finishing third on his first and last start, with a win in the middle of them in a novice handicap chase.
Le Milos’ Big Race Wins
Le Milos has won a couple of nice handicaps over fences, but only one of them would be considered as a big race win, and this came in November 2022. He would run at Newbury in the Coral Gold Cup, a race perhaps better known by its older name, the Hennessy Gold Cup.
This is one of the biggest early season staying handicaps, a test over 3m2f, and one that is always won by a very good horse. It was a very tight finish, the horse won by half a length in the end, taking the race off a mark of 146 to set up the rest of his season.
Given his staying power in that race, plus his good jumping ability, it is no surprise to see him go on from that and make his Grand National debut in 2023.