Outhart set to launch double National bid

Tony Outhart, left of picture, with fellow syndicate member Roy Hyde, whose uncle played in goal for Scarborough FC, jockey Barry Geraghty and OFaolains Boy
Tony Outhart, left of picture, with fellow syndicate member Roy Hyde, whose uncle played in goal for Scarborough FC, jockey Barry Geraghty and OFaolains Boy

Scarborough racehorse owner Tony Outhart is launching a double-pronged attack on Saturday’s Grand National.

The 52-year-old former Scarborough FC winger and his southern-based syndicate will have both O’Faolains Boy and The Romford Pele gunning for glory in the National Hunt pinnacle at Aintree.

OFaolains Boy, above, on his way to winning the 2014 RSA Chase

OFaolains Boy, above, on his way to winning the 2014 RSA Chase

O’Faolains Boy and The Romford Pele, who are both trained by Pembrokeshire-based Rebecca Curtis, will be led around the three-mile two-furlong course by jockeys Brian Hughes and Trevor Whelan respectively.

Outhart, who lives in Scalby, is hugely excited by what could be a once in a lifetime experience.

“To have one horse in the Grand National is great, but to have two running is just something that might never happen to me again,” said Outhart, who is having an each-way flutter on both.

“We are happy with the jockeys and both horses are doing well going into the race.

“Brian is the best northern-based National Hunt jockey and Trevor is an up-and-coming star.

“Of the two, O’Faolains Boy has the better chance.

“He beat the favourite Many Clouds at Ascot on the soft ground not so long back, but he has yet to run the distance of the Grand National.

“The Romford Pele is a good horse on the good to soft. He has done the distance before, so we’ll see how he goes.

“It is just one of those races when anything can happen. I just hope they both come round okay.”

It will be something of a family affair for Outhart at Aintree, as he will be heading over with his brother Peter, who initially helped to get him into racing as a youngster.

He added: “My dad and my brother Peter used to take me to the point-to-point at Charm Park and Whitwell when I was young.

“That got me interested in National Hunt and things have gone on from there.

“No doubt we’ll be doing a bit of reminiscing on the day and hopefully a little bit of celebrating if things work out for us.”