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Davy Russell bounces back from O’Leary sacking to win Grand National | Chris Cook

The jockey seemed at a low ebb in December 2014, when O’Leary fired him over the most famous cup of tea in the history of Irish jumps racingResilience is needed for any Grand National victory and Davy Russell finally got his reward here for proving per…

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Tiger Roll holds on to win dramatic Grand National in photo-finish

• Davy Russell rides winner for trainer Gordon Elliott• Ireland dominate race with first four horses homeTiger Roll clung on to win an incident-packed Grand National dominated by Irish runners, going clear on the run-in but then almost being reeled in …

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Grand National day 2018 – live!

All the build-up from Aintree before the big race at 5.15pm BSTGrand National: our horse-by-horse guideFemale trio of jockeys focus on victory, not history 11.34am BST The big plunge horse of this year’s National is definitely Baie Des Iles. His rider,…

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The compelling Grand National keeps our fragile link with horses alive

There is still a day in April when a race in north-west England halts our separation for a few hours at least, and the horse is briefly reinstated in our national consciousnessIn his recent book Farewell to the Horse: the Final Century of our Relations…

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Talking Horses: Mystifiable best bet in the Topham Trophy at Aintree

At long odds, Project Bluebook (1.45) may have been unfairly neglected in the opening handicap hurdle at Aintree Continue reading…

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All eyes on Foxhunters’ test for Grand National conditions

• Foxhunters’ Chase will give clues for Grand National day• Nicky Henderson likely to retain title as champion trainerThe Grand National meeting at Aintree will open on Thursday with four consecutive Grade One races and several of the sport’s best chas…

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Fall guy Richard Johnson is still searching for a Grand National mount

• Champion jockey thrown from Elixir De Nutz at Kempton • Dual Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’Air misses outRichard Johnson, the champion jockey over jumps, is expected to be back in the saddle on Tuesday despite being stood down after a fall in the p…

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Buywise out to shake off dodgy jumper reputation in Grand National

Evan Williams insists Buywise, who would once clout fences, is now a ‘smooth operator’ as he carries Welsh hopes at AintreeThere are unpromising beginnings and then there is Buywise, the Grand National contender who was cheaply bought as a youngster, h…

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Bryony Frost: ‘The Grand National has lived in my family since I opened my eyes’

The 22-year-old has the family pedigree and confidence to make an impact on her National debut with Milansbar“You’ve got to go in there all guns blazing,” says Bryony Frost, outlining her approach to next week’s Grand National, confounding any chauvini…

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Go Conquer and the injured As De Mee will miss Grand National

• Judi Dench deprived of chance to own National runner• Minella Rocco will be Jonjo O’Neill’s only horse in raceTwo more slots have opened up in the field for the Grand National on 14 April with the withdrawal of Go Conquer and As De Mee. Go Conqu…

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Bryony Frost booked for Milansbar as pair close in on Grand National dream

• Five higher-rated withdrawals needed to make final Aintree field• Neil King ‘never thought in a month of Sundays he’d get a run’Bryony Frost will spend the next three weeks on tenterhooks, waiting to learn whether the horse she is booked to ride will…

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Aintree Grand National meeting 2017 – in pictures

From the glamour of Ladies Day to One For Arthur’s triumph in the Grand National steeplechase, we bring you some of our favourite pictures of the winners, punters and atmosphere from over the three days

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Grand National 2017: news and updates before the big race at Aintree – live coverage!

1.41pm BST

Aintree Race One: 1.45pm … the Gaskells Handicap Hurdle … coming up soon …

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Sydney Cup abandoned
Shades of the void Grand National over in Australia earlier today …

One of Australia’s biggest horse races the Sydney Cup was abandoned at the halfway point on Saturday in dramatic and controversial scenes after two horses threw their riders and one of the horses died on the track.
The two-mile Group One event, worth Aus$1.5m is one of the highlights of the autumn racing season at Sydney’s Randwick racecourse.
But trouble occurred soon after the field passed the winning post the first time in the lap-and-a-half race when Almoonqith a former Europe and Dubai-based stallion raced by the Emirates deputy ruler Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum broke down.
Not only was the seven-year-old’s English jockey James Doyle thrown from the saddle, the incident also caused rival horse Who Shotthebarman to unseat its jockey, Blake Shinn.
With Almoonqith lying on the track and Doyle having trouble moving away due to an injured knee, race officials decided to call a “no-race” with 1,600 meters left. But with no warning sirens in operation, it was left to mounted track officials to call out to jockeys that the race had been abandoned.
Only about half of the remaining riders heard the call and pulled up their horses, however, with the other half pushing on in the belief the race was still valid.
English visitor, the Godolphin-owned Polarisation, was first across the line, with his rider Corey Brown celebrating what he believed was a big win for the horse’s connections.
He and the other finishing riders then steered their mounts around Almoonqith, who later had to be euthanized.
Brown was later fuming over the decision to abandon the race, saying jockeys could easily have avoided the stricken horse after the finish of the race.
“One’s broken down and it was a furlong [200 meters] after the winning post. If it was at the 100-meter mark [before the post] I could understand,” said Brown, who also called the lack of a warning siren “farcical.”
Race officials, who were expected to reschedule the event, defended their decision. Chief steward Marc van Gestel said officials had to “err on the side of caution,” as it was not immediately clear whether Almoonqith might still get up and cause havoc with the remaining field.
Meanwhile, five-year-old Australian mare Winx, the world’s highest-rated horse on turf, completed her 17th straight win with a five-length victory in the day’s richest race, the Aus$3m Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2,000 metres. AP

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Grand National 2017: news and updates before the big race at Aintree – live coverage!

1.41pm BST

Aintree Race One: 1.45pm … the Gaskells Handicap Hurdle … coming up soon …

1.39pm BST

Sydney Cup abandoned
Shades of the void Grand National over in Australia earlier today …

One of Australia’s biggest horse races the Sydney Cup was abandoned at the halfway point on Saturday in dramatic and controversial scenes after two horses threw their riders and one of the horses died on the track.
The two-mile Group One event, worth Aus$1.5m is one of the highlights of the autumn racing season at Sydney’s Randwick racecourse.
But trouble occurred soon after the field passed the winning post the first time in the lap-and-a-half race when Almoonqith a former Europe and Dubai-based stallion raced by the Emirates deputy ruler Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum broke down.
Not only was the seven-year-old’s English jockey James Doyle thrown from the saddle, the incident also caused rival horse Who Shotthebarman to unseat its jockey, Blake Shinn.
With Almoonqith lying on the track and Doyle having trouble moving away due to an injured knee, race officials decided to call a “no-race” with 1,600 meters left. But with no warning sirens in operation, it was left to mounted track officials to call out to jockeys that the race had been abandoned.
Only about half of the remaining riders heard the call and pulled up their horses, however, with the other half pushing on in the belief the race was still valid.
English visitor, the Godolphin-owned Polarisation, was first across the line, with his rider Corey Brown celebrating what he believed was a big win for the horse’s connections.
He and the other finishing riders then steered their mounts around Almoonqith, who later had to be euthanized.
Brown was later fuming over the decision to abandon the race, saying jockeys could easily have avoided the stricken horse after the finish of the race.
“One’s broken down and it was a furlong [200 meters] after the winning post. If it was at the 100-meter mark [before the post] I could understand,” said Brown, who also called the lack of a warning siren “farcical.”
Race officials, who were expected to reschedule the event, defended their decision. Chief steward Marc van Gestel said officials had to “err on the side of caution,” as it was not immediately clear whether Almoonqith might still get up and cause havoc with the remaining field.
Meanwhile, five-year-old Australian mare Winx, the world’s highest-rated horse on turf, completed her 17th straight win with a five-length victory in the day’s richest race, the Aus$3m Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2,000 metres. AP

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Talking Horses: Lord Windermere tipped to shine in our Grand National preview

Odds of 50-1 look far too big for the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner and allow for a good return each-way, even if he finds something finishing more strongly

Contrary to what regular readers may imagine, I don’t generally like to provoke laughter with my big-race selections, but I’m steeling myself against the inevitable response because Lord Windermere (5.15) looks like the Grand National winner to me. A smile is the most restrained reaction one can expect from racing fans in response to this suggestion because the general view is that this horse has, in the parlance, ‘gone at the game’.

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Meet the men who build the Grand National’s fences – video

The fences at the Grand National were redesigned in 2013 to be more forgiving for the horses, but how are they made? Mark Shaw and his team explain how each fence takes two days to build using around 150 tonnes of spruce from a forest in the Lake Distr…

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Lizzie Kelly and Tea For Two beat Cue Card in Betway Bowl at Aintree

• Female rider claims her second Grade One race victory
• Katie Walsh cleared to ride in National after heavy fall

Much is made of the physical demands that jump jockeys must endure but mental resilience, too, is essential and Lizzie Kelly showed here on Thursday that she has what it takes.

Three weeks on from the most crushing disappointment of her career, when Tea For Two, her first ride in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, got no further than the second fence, she steered the same horse to victory in the Betway Bowl, the feature race on the first day of the Grand National meeting.

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The Last Samuri aims to follow Red Rum with top-weight Grand National win

• Red Rum was the last top-weight winner in 1974
• Six horses from original National handicap top 40 taken out on Monday

The Last Samuri, who had only 10st 8lb on his back when he finished second in last year’s Grand National, is set to carry the top weight of 11st 10lb in this year’s renewal at Aintree on Saturday after Carlingford Lough, who was at the head of the weights in the original handicap, was scratched at the five-day stage . If he comes home in front this weekend, Kim Bailey’s chaser will be the first top weight to win since Red Rum carried 12st to victory in 1974.

The Last Samuri is top-priced at 16-1 to bridge that 43-year gap but a glance at the likely runners in this year’s race compared with the field that finished strung out behind Red Rum shows how much the race has changed in recent decades and the size of the task facing The Last Samuri on Saturday.

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Tom George hopes Grand National can put gloss on best season as trainer

• The 49-year-old fields Saint Are and Double Shuffle at Aintree
• ‘You just hope they’ll all run well and what’s going to be will be’

In one of the quietest stretches of Gloucestershire countryside, Tom George is preparing two contenders for the Grand National on Saturday in the hope of providing a spectacular finish to the best season of his training career. The 49-year-old fields both Saint Are, who was runner-up to Many Clouds a couple of years ago, and the improving youngster Double Shuffle and is not at all inclined to pick between them, to the extent of letting his principal jockey, Adrian Heskin, have a free choice of either one.

Related: ‘It was like a battlefield’ – 50 years on from Foinavon’s sensational National win

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Derek Fox confident of return to saddle in time for Grand National

• Fox, recovering from broken wrist and collarbone, set to return next week
• Irishman in line for Aintree showpiece debut aboard fancied One For Arthur

Derek Fox is on course for a return to action in the middle of next week, just days before he is due to make his Grand National debut aboard the fancied One For Arthur. The jockey broke his left wrist and his right collarbone less than three weeks ago but is determined to get back in the saddle for a tilt at Aintree glory if the authorities will allow it and has been undergoing intensive rehabilitation at an Injured Jockeys Fund facility in Yorkshire.

Related: Talking Horses: What’s wrong with this 66-1 Grand National runner?

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