Mrs. William D. Class Jr.’s And the Eagle Flys set all the pace in the $30,000 Grand National and easily held off 2011 winner Private Attack to win by three lengths at the Butler, Md., race course on Saturday, April 21.
Ridden by trainer William Meister, And the Eagle Flys went out to the lead at the start of the 3 1/4-mile race over timber fences and established a lead over Sportsmans Hall’s Private Attack, ridden by Patrick Worrall. Rosbrian Farm’s More Fascination finished third in a field of six. And the Eagle Flys ran the Grand National distance in 6:09 on ground rated as hard.
A 10-year-old Double Honor gelding, And the Eagle Flys was making his first sanctioned start since finishing a distant second behind Private Attack in the 2011 Maryland Hunt Cup.