Reigning Champion


Queen greets an old favourite

They greeted each other like old friends. When the Queen welcomed Aldaniti to London yesterday, the former Grand National champion whinnied as if in delight.

He and jockey Bob Champion arrived at the Royal Mews after a 600-mile journey from Edinburgh to raise money for cancer research. The pair led a team of riders - including polo star Peter Grace and his four daughters - on a 24-day trek from Holyroodhouse.

Champion, who beat cancer to ride Aldaniti to victory in the 1981 Grand National, hopes to raise 1 million for a national cancer research centre at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, Surrey.

Daily Mail (6th August 1996)