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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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Paul Nicholls trainer

Nicholls eyes second National with classy duo

Trainer Paul Nicholls endured a difficult time at the Cheltenham Festival with just one winner and a serious injury to stable number one jockey Daryl Jacob. The frustration was evident as the meeting went into a fourth day without the Ditcheat trainer entering the winner’s enclosure. It looked as if the bad luck was going […]

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Grand National 2014 A-Z Guide

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 ** Alfie Sherrin Jonjo O’Neill’s eleven-year-old finished third in the Irish National in 2012 but […]

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1 million Grand National attracts 115 entries

73 horses remain in £1million Grand National

A further 27 horses have been withdrawn from the 2014 Grand National leaving 73 horses in contention for the £1million prize. At the same stage last season there were only 57 remaining. The next declaration stage is five days before the big race on March 31st. Ante-post favourite Teaforthree heads the market at 10-1 with […]

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Goulanes 33-1 for Aintree after Midlands National victory

Goulanes rounded off a fantastic week for trainer David Pipe when giving him a fourth consecutive victory in the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter. The eight-year-old had not run since pulling up in the Welsh National in December but was always travelling well in the hands of Richard Johnson before being driven clear on the […]

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Pineau De Re storms into Grand National picture

Of all the Grand National entries in action at Cheltenham this week, Pineau De Re is probably the least well-known. That could be about to change after he flashed home at 33-1 in the Pertemps Hurdle Final to finish a close third. Despite his long odds, the eleven-year-old was quietly fancied at the festival having […]

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The Package delivers eye-catching Cheltenham run

The Festival Chase on the opening day of the big Cheltenham meeting often produces some late clues to the Grand National and several Aintree hopefuls were involved this year. The best-backed was Jonjo O’Neill’s Alfie Sherrin but victory went to his stable companion Holywell. Tony McCoy held up Alfie Sherrin, a former winner of this […]

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Big Shu aiming for big Cheltenham double

The Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham festival may not be the obvious place to find a Grand National winner. Silver Birch finished runner-up in the race before winning at Aintree in 2007 but it is generally regarded as a race for horses reaching the autumn of their careers. At the age of nine, Big […]

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Double Seven given go-ahead for National bid

Martin Brassil will bid for a second Grand National triumph when he saddles Double Seven for JP McManus on April 5th. The eight-year-old’s five-race winning sequence came to an end in the Carrickmines Handicap Chase at Leopardstown but connections were satisfied with his sixth place behind Pass The Hat. He was having his first outing […]

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Wyck Hill back in National running with Eider win

A few eyebrows were raised last season when leading Irish owner JP McManus purchased exposed chaser Wyck Hill with a view to running in the 2013 Grand National. Things did not go to plan with the horse flopping badly at Kempton on his first start for his new owner and he never made it to […]

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