A 21-year-old student who has become the youngest Grand National-winning owner in history yesterday said his decision to buy a £3,000 share in Corach Rambler was ‘pure luck’.
Cameron Sword said he was ‘over the moon’ at the success of the horse he jointly owns as part of a seven-strong syndicate who will share winnings of £561,000 – meaning they each get just over £80,000.
He revealed the first thing he did was congratulate jockey Derek Fox, 30, who had overcome a collar bone injury in a fall while racing only a week earlier.
Mr Sword was yesterday back at trainer Lucinda Russell’s stables in Kinross, Perthshire, having been driven north at 5am with just a few hours’ sleep after celebrating in the wake of Saturday’s Aintree victory.
Describing his feelings during the race, Mr Sword said: ‘Derek rode a blinder and I think Corach just took to the jumps, which was ideal and then when he was coming up that home straight, I can’t remember it. We were all screaming away in the parade ring.’
Celebrating: Cameron Sword, right, winning horse Corach Rambler, trainer Lucinda Russell and co-owner Thomas Kendall
Protesters are detained by police during day three of the Randox Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool
Mr Sword, who studies business management at Edinburgh’s Herriot-Watt University, has not yet decided how he will spend his winnings.
His decision to invest in Corach Rambler two years ago has already paid handsome dividends after two victories at Cheltenham which brought in £200,000 in prize money for the syndicate.
Mr Sword, who comes from a racing family, said choosing Rambler was ‘incredible luck’. ‘It was purely based on the fact Lucinda was my local trainer, she’s 20 miles away from me,’ he said.
‘So I came down and he was the only horse for sale and that’s how it happened, so there was a lot of luck involved.’
Mr Sword and fellow members of Ramblers’ syndicate, which includes enthusiasts in Ireland, London and Australia, each pay £300 a month for Corach Rambler to train with Ms Russell.
They bought their shares in the horse two years ago. Despite his young age, Mr Sword said he was unlikely to do anything in his life which beats the experience of winning the Grand National.
He said: ‘I don’t think you can top it. And I think it’s just the prestige and the size of the race as well… that just makes it that bit more special.’
He takes the title of youngest owner of a National winner from Bryan Burrough, who was 23 when Corbiere won the race in 1983.
Derek Fox steered the 8-1 favourite Corach Rambler to a fantastic win as he triumphed in the Grand National for a second time
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