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Morson employees cheer for CEO’s horses in Grand National

Rebekah Valero-Lee morson news

Morson employees will be cheering for two horses at this weekend’s annual John Smith’s Grand National – Harry the Viking and What a Friend – both part-owned by Morson CEO, Ged Mason, and Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Grand National – arguably the world’s most famous steeplechase – takes place on Saturday 6th April at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. Over 40 horses will take on the challenging course, that features 30 fences over a 4.5 mile circuit.

Ged Mason comments: “I’m very excited to have two horses feature in this year’s steeplechase – we’re delighted they’re running, and with a bit of luck on the day both Harry the Viking and What a Friend could deliver some great results. Both have shown quality in the past, so we wish them well for the race and to see them come in safe and sound.

“What a Friend is at top weight, but has a similar profile to last year’s winner Neptune Collonges, and will be reunited with the jockey Sam Thomas who knows the horse well. Sam won the Lexus Chase on What a Friend in 2009.

“Harry the Viking achieved second place in Cheltenham’s 4-mile race Kymuir in 2011, and we know he can stay if he jumps well off his weight. We hope he can be handy in Saturday’s big steeplechase. We wanted to involve all Morson employees in the day, so I have placed £500 each way on both horses – if we are successful then the winnings will go to our employees.”

Everyone at Morson wishes Harry the Viking and What a Friend the very best of luck!

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