The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office has hallmarked the Grand National trophies for 2017.
For the first time in the Grand National’s history a new trophy will be designed every year during the sponsorship with the global diagnostics company Randox Health. The first of the five new trophies will be unveiled at the Weights Evening Reception on Tuesday February 14.
This week marked the final step of the 2017 trophy design – the hallmarking process. The company chose to have this one in the City of London at the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office. The Assay Office were delighted to be part of the creation of these trophies.
In advance of the annual Weights Reception, over the next 14 days a series of images from the trophy will be released before the grand unveiling at the Victoria and Albert in London.
Dr. Peter FitzGerald, founder and managing director of Randox Health, comments: “Given that the Randox Health Grand National is such an iconic event it is fitting that each winner will receive an inimitable trophy; their own unique piece of history.”
The trophy has been created at workshops at Burghley House in Stamford by Irish silversmith Shannon O’Neill, who described the silver 2017 trophy as an ornate work of art, laced with images depicting the speed, agility and excitement of jump racing, and decorated with a red stone.
Additionally, for the first time in history, each member of the winning team, made up of owner, trainer, jockey and groom will receive their own version of the trophy.