Dame Judi’s Grand gal­lop

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT -

The queen of the big screen is tak­ing on the tough­est tilt in the sport of kings.

Os­car-win­ning ac­tress Dame Judi Dench is set to have her first run­ner in the Grand Na­tional, the world’s most gru­elling steeple­chase, af­ter en­ter­ing As De Mee in the race at Ain­tree in April.

Of the 105 en­tered horses, only the top 40 can race in the Grand Na­tional, but As De Mee’s weight al­lo­ca­tion makes him the 33rd high­es­trated horse. Dench said: “I used to ride a lot, too, so af­ter that I’ve al­ways had a huge love for rac­ing.”

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