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Talking Horses: Willie Mullins says new-look National is just grand

The successful jumps trainer is a traditionalist but welcomes the significant changes made at Aintree in the past decadeOn the eve of the Horse Welfare Board’s first press conference, intended to introduce itself and its aims to the world, Willie Mulli…

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Talking Horses: heart scans for One For Arthur with career in balance

The 2017 Grand National winner is thought to have made a quick recovery from a heart fibrillation but investigations will continueOne For Arthur joined the Monday morning commute over the Forth Bridge into Edinburgh as connections seek answers to the q…

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Tiger Roll fifth but still aimed at Cheltenham and Grand National

Dual National winner fifth in Navan’s Boyne Hurdle‘He ran a brilliant race,’ says trainer Gordon ElliottHe was only fifth past the winning post but Tiger Roll made a very encouraging return to action in the Boyne Hurdle, his first race since winning th…

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Tiger Roll fifth but still aimed at Cheltenham and Grand National

Dual National winner fifth in Navan’s Boyne Hurdle‘He ran a brilliant race,’ says trainer Gordon ElliottHe was only fifth past the winning post but Tiger Roll made a very encouraging return to action in the Boyne Hurdle, his first race since winning th…

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Tiger Roll attempts to win a third consecutive Grand National

• Connections confirm he will take his chance at Aintree• Entry pivots on getting through his next two racesThree days after being described as “50-50” to run at Aintree, the odds that Tiger Roll will attempt to win an historic third consecutive Grand …

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Tiger Roll attempts to win a third consecutive Grand National

• Connections confirm he will take his chance at Aintree• Entry pivots on getting through his next two racesThree days after being described as “50-50” to run at Aintree, the odds that Tiger Roll will attempt to win an historic third consecutive Grand …

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Talking Horses: weighty problem over Tiger Roll and the Grand National

It is reasonable for Tiger Roll’s owners to expect a reduction in their horse’s rating for Aintree but 8lb may be asking too muchTiger Roll’s chance of winning a third Grand National hangs in the balance and will do so until the weights are unveiled fo…

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Olympics, World Cups and more: Tom Jenkins’ pictures of the decade

The Guardian and Observer sport photographer picks his favourite images from the thousands he shot during the past 10 yearsThis is a collection of images I have shot during the last decade. I wasn’t selecting them because they were necessarily the bigg…

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Talking Horses: Tiger Roll could be fit for Grand National hat-trick attempt

Gordon Elliott the trainer appears more optimistic than the owner after saying horse might be fit to try and match Red Rum’s recordTiger Roll, the winner of the last two Grand Nationals, is 10 days away from resuming light exercise as he builds towards…

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Wincanton victor Give Me A Copper hands Alex Ferguson a National hope

• Part-owner Sir Alex says: ‘You can’t beat the excitement’ • Trainer Paul Nicholls now aiming winner at Grand NationalTwenty years after guiding Manchester United to a glorious treble, Sir Alex Ferguson was back in the big time here on Saturday as par…

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Talking Horses: Timeform urges BHA to rethink approach on welfare

The ruling body ‘runs the risk of being chased into a corner from which it cannot escape,’ says the latest Chasers & HurdlersThe extremely welcome announcement last month that dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll is on target to try and win an unp…

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Tiger Roll confirmed for historic bid to win third Grand National in a row

• Bookies make Gordon Elliott-trained horse 8-1 favourite• Trainer says horse will run twice before Aintree in AprilThe odds that Aintree will stage the most eagerly anticipated Grand National since the 1970s improved significantly on Friday when Gordo…

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Talking Horses: handicapper will not be ‘blackmailed’ over Tiger Roll

British racing’s top jumps handicapper sincerely hopes Tiger Roll goes for a historic third straight Grand National win but says the race weights he allots must be ‘fair for everybody’British racing’s top jumps handicapper has rebuffed a call from the …

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Talking Horses: Tiger Roll for third Grand National if weights are right

Officials are pretty much obliged to give the Irish horse a concession and a chance at a historic third straight winWhat an interesting plot twist in the Tiger Roll story, courtesy of the Irish Times this morning. While Michael O’Leary said several tim…

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RSPCA urges officials to consider cutting numbers in Grand National field

• Forty National runners was endorsed in 2011 review• Aintree confirms no formal review into last week’s meetingRacing’s rulers should consider a reduction in the number of runners in the Grand National, according to David Muir, racing consultant for t…

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Talking Horses: Grand National punters got poor deal from bookies

Around half of the people who bet on the biggest betting race of the year are getting short-changed and the British Horseracing Authority need to help sort this outThe creaky old starting price mechanism should be under fresh scrutiny following Saturda…

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O’Leary tempted to say ‘no dice’ to demands for another roll by Tiger | Greg Wood

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary admits he faces a tricky time over Tiger Roll seeking a third Grand National winThe littlest birds, so they say, sing the prettiest songs and Tiger Roll could not have proved the point with any more of a flourish…

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Tiger Roll makes repeat win look easy to join Grand National greats

No sporting contest makes ‘what-might-have-been’ stories like the Grand National and there have been numerous horses who have tried to emulate Red Rum since 1974No sporting contest makes ‘what might have been’ stories like the Grand National and, for t…

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Tiger Roll emulates Red Rum to win back-to-back Grand Nationals

• Favourite is decisive winner of Aintree marathon• First horse to win second National since 1974Tiger Roll has won the Grand National for a second time, becoming the first horse since Red Rum in the 1970s to win the race more than once. Underlining th…

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Grand National day 2019 – live!

All the build-up from Aintree before the big race at 5.15pm BSTTiger Roll aims to emulate Red Rum’s feat with back-to-back winsGrand National 2019: horse-by-horse betting guide and race verdictEmail Tony with your thoughts. Tweet @tonypaley 10.52am BST…