Thursday 16 February, 2017
New Grand National Trophy Unveiled
The 2017 Randox Health Grand National Trophy by artist silversmith Shannon O’Neill, whose work features in the Goldsmiths’ Company Collection, was unveiled at the Weights Reception, Victoria and Albert Museum, London on Tuesday 14 February.
The impressive silver piece stands 45 centimetres tall and is decorated with a repoussé and chased racehorse galloping through strands of DNA. The trophy will be presented to the winner of the famous 2017 Randox Health Grand National steeplechase at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool on 8 April.
Along with the horse owner receiving the winner’s trophy, the trainer, jockey and groom will also receive their own version of the trophy in the form of beakers.
The trophy was unveiled by Dr Peter FitzGerald, founder of Randox, and 20-time champion jockey, Sir Anthony McCoy. Attending the event, Shannon O’Neill explained her design and the work involved in creating such an iconic piece: “As an artist, you search for that foothold of inspiration in every commission. With Randox, that came immediately. I wanted to depict the pursuit of glory in the race with the pursuit of health. For me, nothing is more positive than encouraging people to take control of their lives in order to achieve greatness – in whatever field they choose.”
The official unveiling has come after a number of weeks of teaser images released to the public, following the trophy’s hallmarking at the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office on 24 January.