Our Power Grand National Wins
Our Power has never won the Grand National.
Their best finish to date was in 2023 where they came 11th. They were ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Sam Thomas.
Strangely, in the first four years of his horse racing career, Our Power had been under the care of four different trainers, all big names, and finally, the horse settled with Sam Thomas. Foaled in 2015, the horse ran on the flat before going over hurdles, and very strangely, for a horse that would eventually reach the Grand National, he would run over a trip of 7f as a two-year-old.
That would come while under the care of Christian Williams, he’s also been with Alan King and Nigel Twiston-Davies, before settling down in the Sam Thomas yard. Over the years, the horse has run over a number of different trips, but after starting off over shorter distances, he’s made his way to races that require staying power.
He got home in the 2023 Grand National, but the trip of four miles, two and a half furlongs, was certainly enough to test him to the limit and saw the horse weaken in the closing stages of the race.
Our Power’s Early Years
Running as a two-year-old is not something you see too many future Grand National entries doing, but back in September 2017, that is exactly what Our Power did, finishing fourth in a two-year-old novice race over seven furlongs.
He was off the course for a year after that, returning to run on the flat, finishing fourth again before picking up a win on his third start. He was in the care of Alan King at this point and would run two more times on the flat without winning before going over hurdles in November 2018 at Market Rasen and winning by five lengths.
Second on his second start, he won again on his third hurdling race before going up in grade, running in a Grade Two, a Grade Three handicap and a big novice race before the end of the season.
He would move to the Nigel Twiston-Davies yard shortly after, sticking to hurdling and picking up a win that season before moving on again, this time to Sam Thomas. He would make his chasing debut with this yard, winning on his second and fourth starts before going up in grade to compete in better races, some of which he would be successful in.
Our Power’s Big Race Wins
A regular winner of minor events with other trainers, the two big race wins so far in Our Power’s career have both come under the care of Sam Thomas. On top of that, they both came in the season when he was preparing to run in the Aintree Grand National.
To kick things off, in October 2022, on seasonal debut, Our Power went to Ascot, where he would win the London Gold Cup, a Grade Three handicap chase, winning the race by two lengths. After that, he would continue his Grand National preparation with a second run in February 2023, another race resulting in a win.
This time, the race was the Coral Trophy at Kempton, another Grade Three handicap chase, though the winning distance was smaller this time around, as he only landed the race by a neck. The horse had relished the test of three miles for both of these wins, something we’d not really seen him try too much before these races, but it was undoubtedly the key to getting a little more out of him.
After winning two Grade Three handicaps, he would go on to the Grand National, finishing 11th at Aintree on his first start at the course and over the big fences, completing but looking tired at the end.