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Surprise Royal nod for Aintree chairman

Princess Anne presents Lord Daresbury with a plaque inducting him into the Grand National Hall Of Fame.

Princess Anne presents Lord Daresbury with a plaque inducting him into the Grand National Hall Of Fame at Aintree on Saturday.

Lord Daresbury, who steps down after 25 years as Chairman of Aintree Racecourse following this year’s Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, was given a surprise presentation after the second race on Saturday. 

Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, presented him with a plaque inducting him into the Grand National Hall Of Fame, it was announced that the County Stand is being re-named the Lord Daresbury Stand and Grand National winning jockeys over the past 25 years came forward.

The jockeys, past and present, at Aintree were Marcus Armytage, Paul Carberry,  Jim Culloty, Tony Dobbin, Mick Fitzgerald, Barry Geraghty, Richard Guest, Nigel Hawke, Carl Llewellyn, Ryan Mania, A P McCoy, Timmy Murphy, Robbie Power and Liam Treadwell.

The value of the Grand National in his time as chairman has risen from £115,000 to £1 million.

Lord Daresbury said: “All the ups and down have gone by very fast. I have ridden in the Grand National, not very successfully.

“If there is anything that stands out, it is the fact that this is the race that everybody, whether they are trainers or jockeys, wants to win and that is the biggest change.

“I think my successor Rose Paterson will do a terrific job – she has got passion for Aintree Racecourse and passion for the Grand National. I wish her all the best.”

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