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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 …

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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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