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Gordon Elliott talks up Borice as dark horse for Grand National follow-up

• Irish trainer pessimistic about repeat win for Tiger Roll • Becher Chase entry Don Poli on course for AintreeGordon Elliott’s chance of winning another Grand National this season has been boosted by the arrival of a likely type from France. The train…

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Bryony Frost back in the limelight after battling Aintree victory on Frodon

• Rider’s latest high-profile success in her first big race of season• Frost waiting for chance on Black Corton in Charlie Hall ChaseA new season of the Bryony Frost Show began here on Sunday as the popular 23-year-old combined with Frodon for a thrill…

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Canal Turn incident in Grand National to be studied by Aintree officials

• Officials will study three falls at the iconic fence in Saturday’s race• Slow pace caused unusual congestion, say jockeys involvedThe Canal Turn incident that took three runners out of the Grand National on Saturday will be considered by Aintree offi…

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Sunny outlook for the Grand National as safety first policy reaps rewards | Greg Wood

Fewer fallers, no fatalities and a thrilling finish help improve the image of Aintree’s great race, but bizarrely the warm weather may have helped play a part in falling TV figuresThe news on Sunday morning that Saint Are, now a veteran of five Grand N…

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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…