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Commercial property agent is a dark horse…

Written by Peter Davison on .

Andrew Kilpatrick on Ziga BoyAndrew Kilpatrick on Ziga BoyWhen he’s not selling or letting commercial property in Swindon and Wiltshire, Andrew Kilpatrick can be found riding Grand National racehorses.

The MD of Kilpatrick & Co was pictured on Saturday giving Alan King’s Ziga Boy a spin on the gallops at Barbury Castle.

Ziga Boy, whose last run was a win in the Skybet chase at Doncaster, is given odds of 33/1 for a win at Aintree on Saturday.

Andrew, who has been riding out for Alan King for over 15 years, said: “We are hoping for a big run from Ziga.

“He had a run over the National fences back in the autumn, and lost his jockey at the second fence sidestepping another faller, but carried on jumping the fences for a circuit without a rider, so he likes the fences there.

“He likes to be up front in his races as he does at home – so fingers crossed for a good run and he comes back safe.”

Andrew has had a lifelong interest in racing. “One of my earliest racing memories is when my grandfather had two runners in the race, one of which was favourite in Foinavon’s year.”

Foinavon, ridden by John Buckingham, was a rank outsider at odds of 100/1 to win the 1967 Grand National – 50 years ago this weekend.

But in the most dramatic moment in Grand National history, a pile-up at the 23rd fence brought every other horse to a halt.

Foinavon had been lagging so far behind that his rider was able to steer him clear of the chaos - and romped home to victory.