team up with Polly Gundry for tilt at Grand National glory

New betting service, designed to take on the big bookmakers, sponsors trainer with just 10 horses as she bids to upset jump racing powerhouses at Aintree with Santini to showcase their £1 million Grand National Day challenge.


Polly Gundry: “I think Aintree will really suit Santini.”

Racingstars, a new peer-to-peer betting service designed to compete with the major bookmakers has sponsored trainer Polly Gundry for the Grand National as she bids for an Aintree fairytale with Santini. 

Exeter-based Gundry has just ten horses in training and sends stable star Santini to make history in the race, as he lines up against runners representing the powerhouse owners and trainers in jump racing. have backed Gundry to launch their £1 million Grand National Saturday challenge, giving entrants a day’s worth of entertainment for a fixed price of just £10. 

The unique game rewards punters with points per race based on their horse’s finishing position and odds, providing betting fans with a fun way to speculate on every race.

Entrants can buy 50 tokens for £10, allowing them to enter a game for just 10 tokens each. Entries are limited to one per customer per day. 

Nathan Thompson, co-founder of said: “We’re huge racing fans at so when the opportunity came up to back Polly Gundry for the big race, it was an easy decision. 

“Like us, she loves racing, the horses and wants to level the playing field with the bigger outfits so it was a natural fit. We wish Polly, Santini and her owners the very best of luck in the big race and hope he enjoys his spin around Aintree.”

Polly Gundry: “Thanks to for backing me.” are a like-minded team who love racing and want to take on the big players, so it’s a natural fit. I hope one of their players takes down the £1 million challenge on Saturday with Santini winning the Grand National!”

Polly Gundry: “Santini is in good form.”

Santini is cool at the moment. He jumped eight fences of different sorts this morning just to keep his mind on something new and that was all good. He was very enthusiastic. I usually try in the week before a race to keep all of his big muscles moving, but I’ve probably done a little bit less with him this week. We just don’t want to put too much stress on his feet, so we’ve had him walking and trotting on nice fresh grassland as it won’t cause him any jarring or pull the nails around in his feet. I probably still do an hour on him every day and then lead him out twice a day.

Polly Gundry: “I think Aintree will really suit Santini.”

I was really happy with his schooling today. He jumped a rail and then a rail with a water tray before jumping a green fence that we have made up to look like an Aintree fence and he thought it was all good fun which is great going into a race like this. Santini is a very intelligent horse who loves jumping, but he doesn’t like surprises. That’s why we schooled over some unique fences this morning.

As long as the ground is good to soft or softer, that would suit us. He wouldn’t worry about really soft ground, but he also has the most perfect action so good to soft ground would suit him perfectly. 

If he is a happy boy doing it, I do think he will stay. He doesn’t quite have the speed of some of the others in the field, but he is a thorough stayer and he wasn’t tired after the Gold Cup. He only raced for two and a half-miles, but he came back in afterwards in the unsaddling enclosure really sprightly. He cries out for a trip.

He is two years older than when he was second in the Gold Cup. The first circuit of the Gold Cup this year was slightly slower this year which didn’t play to our strengths, we have excuses and I think the longer trip and a track that takes a fair bit of jumping might really suit him.

Polly Gundry: “It’s incredibly special to have a runner in the Grand National.”

It’s massively special to have a runner in the Grand National, but I don’t think it will hit me about how special it is until it has happened. You just have to treat it like any other race by getting the horse prepared and in the best shape as you possibly can. It’s down to the horse and the jockey Nick Scholfield. If they enjoy it, they will have a great chance.

It would be an amazing thing for me, my family, all of my connections, everyone in Devon and everyone who has ever supported me if he could win or finish in the top six. People try for years and years to have a runner in the Grand National, let alone something that could finish in the top six. I’m very well aware that I’m trying to punch above my weight, but I’ve got lots of experience having been connected with some lovely horses and also being connected with some great trainers when I was riding. Hopefully, I know slightly what we are aiming at.

Santini also has a nice weight in the race off 11st 2lb and it makes Richard and Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes the owners believe that the Grand National was a viable prospect. He is a big horse and he wouldn’t worry about carrying a bit more, but pounds mean lengths in races so it will definitely be a help to him carrying less weight. 

I’ve been training for nearly 11 years now, but I’m not the type of person that goes touting about for big-money horses. Partly, because we are located in a lovely area in the East Devon area surrounded by farmers and what I’m really good at is bringing on young horses. It doesn’t mean I can’t train a decent horse, but I get stressed out when I’m training horses under National Hunt rules as I don’t want to get anything wrong. For me, it is not a numbers game. We have great facilities for bringing on young horses, but we don’t have great big gallops like other trainers so we will never be a massive yard as I don’t want to have hundreds of horses. I want to do a good job and I want to continue riding horses – you can’t do both, it simply doesn’t work.

Whilst I think it would be amazing for our little yard and all our supporters who love the point-to-point game and National Hunt racing, it is a huge achievement because the owners Richard and Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes have given me the opportunity to train Santini.

Santini is very fond of himself and whilst I’m not saying that Nicky Henderson and Seven Barrows treat their horses as a number as such, there are over 100 horses there. All those big trainers have amazing facilities and a huge number of staff, but it is just different in a smaller yard. Santini knows he is very special so I do think it does suit him being in a small yard. 

Polly Gundry: “Of the other horses in the race, I love Snow Leopardess.”

I’ve always liked Delta Work and thought he was a massively talented horse. He won the Cross Country and I thought he would be the winner of the Grand National. He has a big weight, but is interesting. I also love Snow Leopardess because of the story given she has had a foal and then come back. I have kept an eye on her and if the ground got wetter, it would play into her hands a bit more. Whether she has as much class as others in it remains to be seen. There are some horses coming into the race who have class form in their back catalogue but have not been showing it of late. 

How does’s Grand National Day £1 million challenge work?

  1. Register before the first race
  2. Buy 50 tokens for £10
  3. Pick the 7 horses which score the highest possible points available to win £1 million
  4. Horses earn points based on their starting price and finishing position

    For full details and to enter just CLICK HERE