Horse to run in Sunderland colours at Grand National

Forpadydeplasterer and Barry Geraghty
Forpadydeplasterer and Barry Geraghty
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MEET the 66/1 shot who will carry the famous red and white of Sunderland in tomorrow’s Grand National.

His name might not roll off the tongue, but that will not bother Wearside punters if Forpadydeplasterer can land the biggest prize in National Hunt.

Trained in Tralee, Ireland, the 11-year-old is owned by the Goat Racing Syndicate, headed by former part-owner of SAFC Charlie Chawke.

The 20-strong group have become famous for their colourful following of their horse, with all of them donning a red and white Sunderland scarf whenever their charge takes to the track.

Charlie is hopeful of a big performance from Forpadydeplasterer, and urged punters to have a flutter on his superstar.

“We were owners of Sunderland at the time we bought him, so that’s why he runs in the red and white,” said Charlie, who owns a chain of pubs in Dublin.

“We had three or four very happy years over there. We were very happy and we had a great time.”

Forpadydeplasterer’s best day came when he won the prestigious Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2009, in red and white. “We’ll be proud to see him run around Aintree in those colours,” said Charlie. “Getting him back safe is the main thing, but if he won it would be great.

“He’s never fallen and the fact he’s such a good jumper means he should be okay. You need a bit of luck as well. It looks like Sunderland haven’t got a lot of luck at the moment, but everyone should have 50p each-way on him for old time’s sake.”