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Grand National 2014 A-Z Guide and Final Summary

  Across The Bay Donald McCain’s ten-year-old was prominent for a long way last year before weakening to finish 14th. His win at Haydock in December provides some hope but he unseated his rider at the same course in February. Rating ** Odds 40-1 Alvarado Looked set for a good season when beating a good […]

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Katie Walsh replaces Fogarty on Vesper Bell

A dramatic Topham Chase yesterday, won by our selection Ma Filleule, left four jockeys injured. Three have passed the doctor this morning to take their place in the Grand National but Mikey Fogarty suffered two fractured vertebrae and misses the ride on Vesper Bell. Katie Walsh has been booked by Willie Mullins to take the […]

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1 million Grand National attracts 115 entries

No late defectors from Grand National field

All forty horses have stood their ground for the 2014 Grand National on Saturday. That means that there is no place in the field for Goonyella, Soll, Night In Milan and Minella For Value. The veteran grey Swing Bill was the last horse to sneak in yesterday following the withdrawal of Lost Glory. That was […]

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rebecca curtis trainer

O’Faolains Boy set to give Curtis timely boost

Rebecca Curtis is dealing extremely well with the pressure of training Grand National favourite Teaforthree and can receive a timely boost when O’Faolains Boy lines up in Friday’s Mildmay Novices’ Chase. The seven-year-old put up a terrific performance to win the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last month, holding off the persistent challenge of […]

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The New One to star on opening day at Aintree

The Grand National meeting at Aintree gets under way on Thursday with a host of stars from the recent Cheltenham Festival on show. The shortest priced favourite of the day is The New One who is seeking consolation for his unlucky third in the Champion Hurdle. The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained gelding was hampered by the […]

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Tony McCoy jockey

Punters waiting for McCoy National decision

One of the most eagerly awaited pieces of news for the 2014 Grand National is the horse that will be ridden by Champion jockey Tony McCoy. Punters are always keen to support McCoy’s mount even though he was unsuccessful on his first fourteen rides in the race. The one major race to elude him was […]

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1 million Grand National attracts 115 entries

Final forty declared for £1million Grand National

There were just eight horses withdrawn at the five-day declaration stage for Saturday’s Aintree Grand National. All of the major contenders have stood their ground with Tidal Bay topping the weights for Paul Nicholls. The eight to be removed were Roi Du Mee, Katenko, Bog Warrior, Mossey Joe, Godsmejudge, Same Difference, Goulanes and Sunnyhillboy. The […]

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Last Time D’Albain set for Aintree return

Trainer Liam Cusack is nervously waiting for the final declarations in the hope that five horses drop out above Last Time D’Albain. That would enable his ten-year-old gelding to sneak in at the bottom of the handicap with just 10st 2lb. Most punters will disregard Last Time D’Albain as a no-hoper at 50-1 with three […]

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Big Shu gets go-ahead for Grand National

2013 Cheltenham Cross Country Chase winner Big Shu has been confirmed as a definite runner for the Aintree Grand National. Jockey Peter Buchanan has been booked to ride the nine-year-old who finished a close third in his attempt to win the Cross Country for a second consecutive year. Paul Carberry had the ride at Cheltenham […]

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Hunt Ball a surprise addition to Henderson team

Nicky Henderson’s much-publicised search for his first Grand National winner could see him field as many as four runners on Saturday week. While the media attention has been on the prospects of former Gold Cup winner Long Run and Hennessy winner Triolo D’Alene, he looks likely to also saddle Shakalakaboomboom and new recruit Hunt Ball. […]

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