Shattered Love Grand National Wins
Shattered Love has never won the Grand National.
Their best finish to date was in 2021 where they came 10th. They were ridden by Kevin Sexton and trained by Denise Foster.
At the peak of her career, Shattered Love was seen as one of the very best mares in training, under the care of Gordon Elliott, and running in some of the biggest and best races at both sides of the Irish Sea.
Foaled in 2011, she hit the ground running and contested many Grade One contests, winning some of them along the way. Her novice chase season was the best of her career, and that resulted in a very impressive Cheltenham Festival win, the biggest and best success of her career.
The Grand National became her aim, even though she wasn’t a guaranteed stayer, and she made the race in 2021 for what would be her last ever run. She did complete the course, finishing in 10th behind Minella Times, fading out of contention after not getting the trip.
Shattered Love Early Years
Shattered Love landed her sole point-to-point success to kick off her career, a four-length win that quickly saw her move into racing under rules. A debut success at Naas, and she was thrown in at the deep end straight after, running in a Grade Two bumper for mares at the Aintree Grand National meeting, a race she finished third in, which was an excellent run.
She started her hurdling career in the same manner, winning on debut before being moved up to run in a Grade Three race where she finished second. She went on to win at listed level and then won a Grade Three before disappointing at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2017.
Chasing is where she took her form to a whole new level, winning her first two starts before finishing second in a Grade Two, winning a Grade Three and then landing back-to-back wins in Grade One company, the biggest wins of her career, the Neville Hotels Novice Chase and the JLT Novice Chase.
Shattered Love Big Race Wins
At the very start of her career, Shattered Love was able to taste graded success as a novice hurdler. It wasn’t a huge race, but she did win a Grade Three mares novice hurdle at Fairyhouse by 13 lengths to begin and set the standard that she was capable of running to.
Bigger wins would follow that, and they would come during her novice chase season, the most successful part of her career. As a novice chaser, she ran a total of eight times, recording five wins and two second-placed efforts in those races.
Two of those wins came at Grade One level, the first being the Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown in December 2017. A small break afterwards put her spot on for Cheltenham, where she went to the Cheltenham Festival and won the JLT Novices’ Chase by an impressive seven lengths to really show she was top class.
After this success, she did find the winner’s enclosure a couple more times during her career at listed level but was unable to add to her graded wins.