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RSPCA urges officials to consider cutting numbers in Grand National field

• Forty National runners was endorsed in 2011 review• Aintree confirms no formal review into last week’s meetingRacing’s rulers should consider a reduction in the number of runners in the Grand National, according to David Muir, racing consultant for t…

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Talking Horses: Grand National punters got poor deal from bookies

Around half of the people who bet on the biggest betting race of the year are getting short-changed and the British Horseracing Authority need to help sort this outThe creaky old starting price mechanism should be under fresh scrutiny following Saturda…

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O’Leary tempted to say ‘no dice’ to demands for another roll by Tiger | Greg Wood

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary admits he faces a tricky time over Tiger Roll seeking a third Grand National winThe littlest birds, so they say, sing the prettiest songs and Tiger Roll could not have proved the point with any more of a flourish…

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Tiger Roll makes repeat win look easy to join Grand National greats

No sporting contest makes ‘what-might-have-been’ stories like the Grand National and there have been numerous horses who have tried to emulate Red Rum since 1974No sporting contest makes ‘what might have been’ stories like the Grand National and, for t…

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Tiger Roll emulates Red Rum to win back-to-back Grand Nationals

• Favourite is decisive winner of Aintree marathon• First horse to win second National since 1974Tiger Roll has won the Grand National for a second time, becoming the first horse since Red Rum in the 1970s to win the race more than once. Underlining th…

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Grand National meeting 2019: the mud, glamour and drama – in pictures

Winners, losers, fun-seekers and, of course, horses are all in evidence as Guardian and Observer photographer Tom Jenkins captures the essence of Aintree Continue reading…

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Grand National day 2019 – live!

All the build-up from Aintree before the big race at 5.15pm BSTTiger Roll aims to emulate Red Rum’s feat with back-to-back winsGrand National 2019: horse-by-horse betting guide and race verdictEmail Tony with your thoughts. Tweet @tonypaley 10.52am BST…

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Grand National: Russell stays cool in bid to make history on Tiger Roll

The jockey, trying to ride Tiger Roll to the first repeat National win since Red Rum, is laid-back before Saturday’s big raceSome jockeys brood before they ride a big-race favourite. They retreat into their shell, spend countless hours poring over thei…

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Grand National: Russell stays cool in bid to make history on Tiger Roll

The jockey, trying to ride Tiger Roll to the first repeat National win since Red Rum, is laid-back before Saturday’s big raceSome jockeys brood before they ride a big-race favourite. They retreat into their shell, spend countless hours poring over thei…

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Talking Horses: Rathvinden can land the Grand National for Ruby Walsh

The Irish jockey has gone 14 years without winning the National but, at 39, has a good chance of a third victory on SaturdayRuby Walsh, the successful rider in two Grand Nationals, has somehow managed to go 14 years without winning another one but he c…

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Barry Geraghty out of Grand National after breaking leg in fall at Aintree

• Jockey was due to ride top weight Anibale Fly• Mark Walsh expected to deputise for riderBarry Geraghty is expected to miss the ride on leading fancy Anibale Fly in Saturday’s Grand National after suffering a suspected broken leg in a crashing fall fr…

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Barry Geraghty out of Grand National after breaking leg in fall at Aintree

• Jockey was due to ride top weight Anibale Fly• Mark Walsh expected to deputise for riderBarry Geraghty is expected to miss the ride on leading fancy Anibale Fly in Saturday’s Grand National after suffering a suspected broken leg in a crashing fall fr…

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Talking Horses: Waiting Patiently best bet on Grand National day two card

The rain that has fallen will give the selection ideal conditions for Friday’s Melling ChaseIt has been a long, frustrating season for connections of Waiting Patiently (3.25), who must have soft ground but found the forecast drying up whenever an entry…

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Grand National meeting day one: Buveur D’Air can land Aintree Hurdle

Nicky Henderson’s horse fell in the Champion Hurdle but a clear round should be good to repeat his Aintree win in 2017It will feel more like winter than spring as the Grand National Festival opens with an outstanding card at Aintree on Thursday afterno…

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Grand National to feature two female jockeys with Blackmore set to join Kelly

• Rachael Blackmore expected to ride Valseur Lido in National• Blackmore had a first tilt at the National last yearRachael Blackmore is expected to be aboard Valseur Lido in Saturday’s Grand National, making two female jockeys who are now set to take p…

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Lizzie Kelly aims at Aintree with Tea For Two, her ‘horse of a lifetime’

If Kelly wins the Grand National? ‘You probably wouldn’t see me for four days – I’d be drinking tequila in Liverpool somewhere’Something about the Grand National brings the child out in Lizzie Kelly for a few moments as she contemplates her first ride …

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Equine flu outbreak: racing festivals to face strict ‘risk-management’

Protocols in place for both Cheltenham and Aintree New vaccination rules attract criticism from trainersThe major jumps festivals at Cheltenham in March and Aintree the following month are both likely to be staged with strict “risk-management” protocol…

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Grand National: Bristol De Mai could get lenient weight – Talking Horses

Martin Greenwood may allow the grey into the race on a reduced rating to continue attempting to attract quality horsesBristol De Mai is very likely to be given a lenient weight for the Grand National when the list of weights is published later on Tuesd…

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Threat of no-deal Brexit fails to deter Grand National entries from Ireland

• 47 Irish horses entered for Grand National at Aintree in April• No-deal Brexit could pose significant logistical problemsThe looming possibility of a no-deal Brexit on 29 March has not deterred Ireland’s trainers from making a record entry of 47 hors…

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Balnaslow mat be stripped of 2018 Foxhunters’ Chase victory

• Result of Aintree race in April may be overturned• Rival owner says impending decision is ‘common knowledge’Balnaslow’s success in the Foxhunters’ Chase at Aintree last April appears to be at risk, according to comments made this week by connections …