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I Am Maximus Horse - Age, weight, trainer, owner, race record and form

I Am Maximus is being geared up for the Grand National at Aintree and could bid to give his leading connections more success in the world's best-known steeplechase.

Winner of last season's Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday, I Am Maximus has been gearing towards Aintree ever since and completed his prep with another success at Fairyhouse in February.

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I Am Maximus Owner

I Am Maximus is owned by the legendary Irish businessman and entrepreneur JP McManus, the owner with more Cheltenham Festival wins than anyone else.

McManus famously landed his first Aintree National in 2011 when his long-time ally AP McCoy finally won the race after years of heartache when he steered home the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Don't Push It.

McManus' Aintree successes have both come with a touch of a fairytale, as his second winner, Minella Times, was ridden to glory by Rachael Blackmore in 2021 when she became the first female rider to win the Aintree spectacular in a story that made global headlines.

McManus is undoubtedly one of racing's greatest patrons, with a portfolio of horses in training across Britain and Ireland with a wide array of trainers, some household names and some much further down the pecking order as the Limerick native strives to support jumps racing at every level.

I Am Maximus Trainer

Meetingofthewaters is trained by Willie Mullins, Ireland's perennial champion trainer and the most successful handler of all time at the Cheltenham Festival, now with a stunning tally of 103 winners following the 2024 showpiece in the Cotswolds.

Mullins is on target to be champion trainer in Ireland for the 18th time and has been leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival an incredible 11 times, all of them since 2011.

He continues to realign the boundaries of what is possible within National Hunt racing. At the Dublin Racing Festival in 2024 the Closutton supremo won all eight Grade 1 races.

He has won the Grand National at Aintree just once, however, when Hedgehunter justified favouritism under Ruby Walsh in 2005.

I Am Maximus Age

I Am Maximus is an eight-year-old gelding by Derby winner Authorized out of French-bred mare Polysheba.

I Am Maximus Official Rating

I Am Maximus has an official chase rating in Britain of 164 ahead of the Grand National. He was rated 149 when winning the Irish National last spring and attained his best Racing Post Racing (169) when winning the Bobbyjo Chase back at Fairyhouse in February this year.

I Am Maximus Weight

As things stand I Am Maximus would carry 11st 2lb in the Grand National, though the weights for the race could be altered significantly if, as is now expected, proposed top-weight Hewick does not take part.

I Am Maximus Next Race

His next target is the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday 13th April and I Am Maximus is priced at 12/1 to win the Merseyside showpiece, behind only defending champion Corach Rambler in the betting.

I Am Maximus Record

I Am Maximus debuted when winning a bumper at Cheltenham in October 2020 behind closed doors when he was trained by Nicky Henderson. He won his maiden hurdle at Newbury in December 2021 and was fourth behind Sir Gerhard the following spring in the Baring Bingham Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival over 2m5f, after which he made the move to Ireland to join the Mullins camp.

He ran some fine races in defeat during his first season as a chaser, including when fourth behind The Real Whacker and Gerri Colombe in the Grade 1 Brown Advisory Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, after which he was bought by McManus.

On his first start in the gold and green he won the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse in the hands of Paul Townend at odds of 8/1.

He won the Grade 1 Drinmore Novice Chase back there in December 2023 over 2m4f and, after twice clashing with Galopin Des Champs in Grade 1s at Leopardstown (finishing fourth/third) he went back to Fairyhouse in late February and won the Grade 3 Bobbyjo Chase by 14-lengths from Vanillier, last year's Aintree National runner-up.

I Am Maximus Prize Money

I Am Maximus has already won £369,842 in prizemoney in his career for various connections.

I Am Maximus News

I Am Maximus booked his Aintree Grand National ticket with an easy victory over last year's Aintree runner-up Vanillier in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse, the same race Mullins sent out Hedgehunter in before he won in Liverpool in 2005.

I Am Maximus looked to face a stiff task giving 12lb away to Gavin Cromwell's Vanillier but won with something to spare.

Bobbyjo won the Grand National the year after he landed the Irish equivalent, something I Am Maximus will now seek to emulate.

Any odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.

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