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Festival favourite Rachael Blackmore writes a Grand National fairytale

After a fraught few months of negative publicity, racing desperately needed Blackmore’s historic victory at AintreeNot since Lady Godiva rode naked through the streets of Coventry in the 13th century has any woman on horseback caused quite such a publi…

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Rachael Blackmore is first female jockey to win Grand National, on Minella Times

‘I don’t feel male or female right know. I don’t even feel human’Cheltenham Festival leading jockey claims historic victoryAs she has so often over the last few weeks, Rachael Blackmore did everything right here in the Grand National, and with a genero…

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Grand National meeting 2021: empty stands and black armbands – in pictures

After a one-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Grand National is back at Aintree without spectators. The festival still provides a thrilling spectacle to the select few at the racecourse, and those watching at home. Check back later for imag…

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Grand National 2021: all Saturday’s latest news and tips at Aintree – live!

Our rolling report, with the marquee race at 5.15pm BSTFollow the money: why punters are backing BlackmoreAny Second Now can win second National for WalshOur horse-by-horse guide to all the runnersEmail Tony here, tweet @tonypaley or comment BTL 12.06p…

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Talking Horses: Any Second Now can win second Grand National for Walsh

Trainer who won with Papillon in 2000 has runner who looks set to improve for marathon trip in Aintree spectacularBetting odds are mischievous beasts at the best of times, and never more so than when 40 runners go to post for the Grand National, Britai…

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Follow the money: why Grand National punters are backing Rachael Blackmore

Once-a-year backers will be getting behind the Cheltenham Festival’s leading jockey on Minella Times at AintreeAfter an extraordinary week at Cheltenham last month, when she finished the four days as the leading rider for the first time, there is somet…

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Grand National goes ahead as tributes paid following death of Prince Philip

Two-minute silence to be held before the big raceTelevision coverage will revert to main ITV channel The 173rd Grand National will go ahead as planned on Saturday afternoon after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, which was announced on Friday, with a…

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Talking Horses: Senior Citizen can triumph over Grand National fences

The lightly raced Topham Chase selection ran well over the unique Aintree obstacles earlier this season There are so few races over the Grand National fences that it feels almost obligatory to have an interest when the opportunity arises, and a typical…

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Grand National 2021: horse-by-horse guide to all the runners

Hot favourite Cloth Cap heads the betting for the world’s most famous race at Aintree on SaturdayThe bold-jumping grey is a magnificent sight when he gets into a rhythm and is the best horse in the race on form, including Grade One wins in 2017, 2018 a…

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Sir Alex Ferguson grabs another famous treble at Grand National meeting

Former Manchester United manager co-owns first three winnersTiger Roll a distant fourth to Clan Des Obeaux in Betfair BowlTwenty-two years after his Manchester United side secured a historic treble in the Champions League final, Sir Alex Ferguson was a…

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Sir Alex Ferguson grabs another famous treble at Grand National meeting

Former Manchester United manager co-owns first three winnersTiger Roll a distant fourth to Clan Des Obeaux in Betfair BowlTwenty-two years after his Manchester United side secured a historic treble in the Champions League final, Sir Alex Ferguson was a…

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Sir Alex Ferguson grabs another famous treble at Grand National meeting

Former Manchester United manager co-owns first three winnersTiger Roll a distant fourth to Clan Des Obeaux in Betfair BowlTwenty-two years after his Manchester United side secured a historic treble in the Champions League final, Sir Alex Ferguson was a…

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Talking Horses: Tiger Roll is back at Aintree, but not in the right race

The dual Grand National winner lines up over traditional fences on Thursday and misses his chance for Aintree immortalityTiger Roll, one of Aintree’s – and racing’s – favourite sons, returns to Liverpool on Thursday for what may well be the final time …

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Talking Horses: Some Neck backers face anxious wait ahead of National

Trainer faces a nervous time to discover if late gamble Some Neck is guaranteed a run in the Grand National on SaturdayTrainer John McConnell faces an anxious wait to discover if late gamble Some Neck is guaranteed a run in the Randox Grand National at…

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Grand National’s enduring charm embodied by stirring Worsley story

Tabitha Worsley is aiming to become first female jockey to triumph in Grand National, four years after breaking her backFor the first time in two years but the 174th since 1839, a 10-minute steeplechase at Aintree next Saturday will seize the attention…

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Talking Horses: Tiger Roll withdrawn from Grand National in handicap row

Owner Michael O’Leary has withdrawn his horse from this year’s Grand National, ending hopes of a hat-trick of Aintree winsRed Rum’s status as the only horse to win the Grand National three times looks likely to remain unchallenged for many years, and p…

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Tiger Roll’s Grand National weight likely to infuriate owner Michael O’Leary

Dual Aintree spectacular winner will carry 11st 9lb in big raceO’Leary horse gets rating of 166 despite complaintsTiger Roll, the Grand National winner in 2018 and 2019, will need to carry 11st 9lb to victory at Aintree on 10 April to become only the s…

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Tiger Roll back on the Flat as history chaser starts build-up to Grand National

Dual Aintree winner will return at Navan on ThursdayAll roads lead to Liverpool for hat-trick bid in springTiger Roll, the Grand National winner in 2018 and 2019, already has strong claims to be the most versatile National Hunt horse in training as wel…

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Tiger Roll back on the Flat as history chaser starts build-up to Grand National

Dual Aintree winner will return at Navan on ThursdayAll roads lead to Liverpool for hat-trick bid in springTiger Roll, the Grand National winner in 2018 and 2019, already has strong claims to be the most versatile National Hunt horse in training as wel…

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Loss of Grand National leaves £500m hole in racing’s balance sheet

Aintree owners are not expected to set new dateBookies set to miss out on turnover of around £400mAny faint hope British racing would follow the lead of its Irish counterpart and attempt to stage its Grand National in the autumn has been swiftly exting…