Grand National 2019: Rolling Stones legend Ronnie Wood one of three celebrities set to have Grand National runner

ROLLING STONES legend Ronnie Wood could bid to swap rock n’roll for his very own Tiger Roll in this year’s Randox Health Grand National.

The iconic guitarist is set to field top staying star Sandymount Duke in the famous contest.

Ronnie Wood and trainer Jessica Harrington were thrilled after Sandymount Duke finished third at Cheltenham
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Having bred the horse himself, victory in the biggest race of them all would be that little bit sweeter for the Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Famer.

The 71-year-old has been a massive fan of the sport for years, and despite having plenty of success elsewhere, the Jessica Harrington-trained gelding would be his first runner in four-and-a-half mile thriller.

Wood, who helped pen rock hits such as Wild Horses and Jumping Jack Flash, is set to go on tour with the Stones at the end of April – but is hoping to be at Aintree to cheer on his prized asset.

The ten-year-old son of Hernando certainly wouldn’t be without a chance either, given his impressive record of 10 wins from 30 starts.

Wood is not the only celebrity to have designs on Grand National booty.

Controversy hunter and TV agony aunt Jeremy Kyle could also have a runner, with his Give Me A Copper confirmed for the £500,000 showpiece.

The racing fan part-owns the talented chaser with Manchester United hero Sir Alex Ferguson, who recently landed the King George with Clan Des Obeaux.

Kyle also has options with top stayer Black Corton, in whom he has another part-share with the Stewart family.

Jeremy Kyle celebrates a winner at Chester with snooker pundit John Parrott. He could field Give Me A Copper and Black Corton in the Grand National
Jeremy Kyle celebrates a winner at Chester with snooker pundit John Parrott. He could field Give Me A Copper and Black Corton in the Grand National
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The famous race is no stranger to attracting big names in the celeb world.

Last year, Dame Judi Dench was all set to have a runner with As Du Mee, only for injury to intervene at the last minute.

Actor and pin-up Gregory Peck fielded Different Class in 1964, while comic Freddie Starr was responsible for Minnehoma, who won the 1994 edition of the contest.

Rugby star Mike Tindall owned Monbeg Dude, who finished third in the race in 2015.

Jeremy Kyle and Sir Alex Ferguson share a joke at the Cheltenham Festival. The pair both own a share in Give Me A Copper
Jeremy Kyle and Sir Alex Ferguson share a joke at the Cheltenham Festival. The pair both own a share in Give Me A Copper
Paul Edwards – The Sun

This year, Tiger Roll will be back to defend his crown for Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, who also owned 2016 winner Rule The World.

The staying star was a last-gasp winner from Pleasant Company in the 2017 renewal.

 

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