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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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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There were just eight horses withdrawn at the five-day declaration stage for Saturday’s Aintree Grand National.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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Irish National winner lines up Aintree bid

The Irish National at Fairyhouse has produced its fair share of Aintree winners over the years. In recent times, Rhyme ‘n’ Reason (1985), Bobbyjo (1998) and Numbersixvalverde (2005) have won both races. 2012 Irish National winner Lion Na Bearnai is reported to be in great shape by trainer Thomas Gibney despite being beaten fifty lengths […]

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Alvarado aiming to keep up family tradition

Having a horse good enough to finish in the frame in the Grand National is one thing, but to do it five years in a row is remarkable. That was achieved last season by Angela and William Rucker when Cappa Bleu finished second in the familiar blue and cerise colours. State Of Play started the […]

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Mountainous aiming to scale new heights at Aintree

Welsh National winner Mountainous will be trying to emulate Corbiere who was the last horse to win both the Welsh and Aintree Grand Nationals in the same season in 1982-83. Trainer Richard Lee has gradually warmed to the idea after initially declaring that Chepstow was mission accomplished. The Welsh National has a fine record as […]

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More National Mania with Mr Moonshine?

Ryan Mania may have enjoyed his “fifteen minutes of fame” when riding 66-1 outsider Aurora’s Encore to victory at Aintree last April, but he is not leaving it there. The Galashiels-born jockey was unknown outside of racing circles before tasting Grand National glory 12 months ago but he has kept his feet firmly on the […]

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Aintree to Have a New Chairperson after The 2014 Crabbie’s Grand National

In 2014, the home of the world famous steeple chase will have a new chairman when Lord Daresbury steps down after amassing 25 years at the helm of Aintree.  Daresbury is one of the UK’s most successful business men, as he is the former CEO of Greenalls Group, and Chairman of The De Vere Group. […]

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Aintree Saturday Preview

The Grand National is due off at 4.15 but there is a terrific supporting card at Aintree on Saturday. Some promising novices’ line up for the John Smith’s Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at 1.45 including Up And Go from Donald McCain’s yard. Dodging Bullets will be bidding to put a disappointing run in the Supreme Novices’ […]

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Henderson Relies on Roberto

The one major race to elude Nicky Henderson is the Aintree Grand National. The Lambourn trainer dominated Cheltenham in 2012 with an unprecedented seven winners and this year chalked up his 50th festival success when Bobs Worth won the Gold Cup. The closest he came to winning the National was with his very first runner, […]

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Aintree Thursday Preview

Thursday’s card begins at 2.00 with the Matalan Anniversary Juvenile Hurdle, a fascinating race that puts Cheltenham form to the test. Rolling Star was heavily backed to win the Triumph Hurdle but was well beaten in sixth. He may well be better suited to this flatter track but will need to hurdle more fluently than […]

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