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Little Polveir

Little Polveir
Sire Cantab
Dam Blue Speedwell
Grandsire Cantaber
Damsire Escart
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1977
Country Great Britain
Color Bay
Owner Mike Shone - 1989, Edward Harvey 1989 - 1999
Trainer Toby Balding 1989 - 1999
Little Polveir is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Blue Speedwell by Cantab. He was born around 1977 in Great Britain.
Major wins
Scottish Grand National (1987)
Grand National (1989)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on August 23, 2007

Little Polveir (1977 - 1999) was a race horse. He won the 1989 Grand National steeplechase ridden by Jimmy Frost, beating West Tip by seven lengths. The horse had previously finished ninth in 1986 and did not finish in 1987 and 1988 (where he fell at Valentine's Brook) while owned by Mike Shone, after which he was sold as a 12 yr-old for 15,000gns in February 1989 [1].

The track Little Polveir [2] by the Sheffield-based band Monkey Swallows the Universe is named after the horse. After the track was written, the band signed to Loose Records, which coincidentally is owned by Tom Bridgewater, the son-in-law of Toby Balding, Little Polveir's trainer.[3]


  1. National dream ends too soon BBC Online 4 April, 2003
  2. Monkey Swallows Little Polveir single Details about the single Little Polveir
  3. Little Polveir died in 1999.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2007/04/10/shdiar10.xml Marcus Armytage, Telegraph.co.uk 10/04/2007

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