Sub Lieutenant Grand National Wins
Sub Lieutenant has never won the Grand National.
Their best finish to date was in 2021 where they came 14th. They were ridden by Tabitha Worsley and trained by Georgia Howell.
A horse who has spent the majority of his racing career in the care of Henry de Bromhead and one that went to the Grand National once, running in the 2021 race. Away from Aintree, he ran in many Grade One contests, though he was unable to win one, he did win other graded races, though.
Foaled in 2009, Sub Lieutenant took some time to get going and ran in a few flat races before getting a win under his belt, but after that, especially when switching to hurdles, he did very well. Chasing was his game, though, that was what really saw him come to the fore and be a very talented runner.
When heading to the Grand National in 2021, Sub Lieutenant finished the contest in 14th position, with no chance of winning the race, but at least he did complete it. Before that, he gained valuable course experience over the big fences with a good second in the 2019 Topham Chase.
|2021||14||-||10-3||Tabitha Worsley||Georgia Howell|
Sub Lieutenant’s Early Years
In the very early part of his career, Sub Lieutenant didn’t show too much to get excited about. He had two runs in national hunt flat races in his first season but losses, and then another four the following season, which all resulted in losses. Finally, he got off the mark on the seventh attempt, winning a Thurles national hunt flat race by one length.
Hurdling was better, he won on his hurdling debut and was thrown into Grade One company afterwards. That didn’t work out, but he did win a Grade Two novice hurdle, the first graded win of his career and that came in February 2015 at Thurles.
He was thrown in at the deep end as a chaser, which meant he didn’t win over fences until the sixth attempt, though this was a Grade Three contest.
It was at this moment that Sub Lieutenant was moved from the Sandra Hughes yard into the care of Henry de Bromhead. He had good success as a youngster, but this move would bring him to life and take him to some very good races.
Sub Lieutenant’s Big Race Wins
During his career, Sub Lieutenant won a total of four graded races, two of these came at Grade Two level and two at Grade Three level. His biggest career win came on his second start for Henry de Bromhead when he won the Belfast Titanic Chase at Down Royal in November 2016. He pulled away from a very good field that day, winning by three and a half lengths and setting himself up to go into Grade One company next time out.
He never won at Grade One level but did place second in three Grade One races, the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, the Melling Chase at Aintree and, as a novice, the Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.
Just one run came in the Grand National towards the end of his career, and while he did manage to complete the course, he was never involved in the finish.