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Category: Grand National

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Step Back puts Bradstocks on Gold Cup and Grand National trail

• Victory in Sandown’s big handicap for Mark and Sara Bradstock• Nina Carberry announces retirement from saddle at PunchestownThe tiny Letcombe Bassett yard of Mark and Sara Bradstock, made famous by Coneygree’s Gold Cup success, is back in the big tim…

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Talking Horses: Elliott can complete National treble with Fagan at Ayr

After winners in the 2018 Grand National and Irish equivalent, Gordon Elliott could make history in the Scottish raceGordon Elliott, having saddled the winners of the Grand National and the Irish equivalent in the past fortnight, is poised to achieve a…

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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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Talking Horses: Total Recall may be the best bet for open Grand National

Fancied horse can deliver a second National for the trainer Willie Mullins – despite falling in the Cheltenham Gold CupTotal Recall (5.15) can prove the answer to a fantastically competitive Grand National at Aintree. Having looked like becoming a hot …

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Grand National’s trio of female jockeys focus on victory, not history

Bryony Frost, Katie Walsh and Rachael Blackmore are just the second female trio to race in the same National and all three have a chance of winning the race“A girl, ladies and gentlemen! A bit of a girl clutching the neck of a bandy-legged outsider str…

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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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Grand National 2018: a horse-by-horse betting guide

We go through the 40 runners for the 2018 edition of the world’s most famous horse raceLong had a big reputation but one win from 13 runs over fences is disappointing. Worth remembering, in light of Native River’s Gold Cup win, that Minella Rocco beat …

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Grand National 2018: a horse-by-horse betting guide

We go through the 40 runners for the 2018 edition of the world’s most famous horse raceLong had a big reputation but one win from 13 runs over fences is disappointing. Worth remembering, in light of Native River’s Gold Cup win, that Minella Rocco beat …

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Grand National memories, Eric Bristow and time for county cricket | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features Roma riffing on Barcelona’s pain, Hearts’ advert for a Lego bus and Jackman v Warne1) Grand National weekend makes it obligatory to begin with Red Rum. Here’s his lesser watched 1974 triumph, the second of three, when …

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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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Grand National course may be wettest since Red Marauder’s win in 2001

• Bad weather leaves Aintree ‘heavy in places’, says course clerk• Only four horses finished almost unraceable National 17 years agoThe going on the Grand National course at Aintree was “heavy in places” on Tuesday evening after 8mm of rain fell at the…

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Talking Horses: Katie Walsh has Baie Des Iles ready for Grand National bid

The Irish jockey, who is aiming to be the first female rider to win the National, is not worried about ground conditions at Aintree ahead of her mount Baie Des Iles’ challenge on SaturdayTony Paley: Katie Walsh, who is aiming to be the first female rid…

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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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Grand National hope A Genie In Abottle found dead with mystery illness

• Aintree outsider discovered by trainer Noel Meade• Rachael Blackmore may join female riders in raceA horse who was being aimed at next week’s Grand National was found dead in his box on Friday, the apparent result of a mystery illness that had been a…