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Category: Grand National

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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…

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Grand National: Russell stays cool in bid to make history on Tiger Roll

The jockey, trying to ride Tiger Roll to the first repeat National win since Red Rum, is laid-back before Saturday’s big raceSome jockeys brood before they ride a big-race favourite. They retreat into their shell, spend countless hours poring over thei…

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Grand National: Russell stays cool in bid to make history on Tiger Roll

The jockey, trying to ride Tiger Roll to the first repeat National win since Red Rum, is laid-back before Saturday’s big raceSome jockeys brood before they ride a big-race favourite. They retreat into their shell, spend countless hours poring over thei…

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Talking Horses: Rathvinden can land the Grand National for Ruby Walsh

The Irish jockey has gone 14 years without winning the National but, at 39, has a good chance of a third victory on SaturdayRuby Walsh, the successful rider in two Grand Nationals, has somehow managed to go 14 years without winning another one but he c…

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Barry Geraghty out of Grand National after breaking leg in fall at Aintree

• Jockey was due to ride top weight Anibale Fly• Mark Walsh expected to deputise for riderBarry Geraghty is expected to miss the ride on leading fancy Anibale Fly in Saturday’s Grand National after suffering a suspected broken leg in a crashing fall fr…

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Barry Geraghty out of Grand National after breaking leg in fall at Aintree

• Jockey was due to ride top weight Anibale Fly• Mark Walsh expected to deputise for riderBarry Geraghty is expected to miss the ride on leading fancy Anibale Fly in Saturday’s Grand National after suffering a suspected broken leg in a crashing fall fr…

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Grand National 2019: sweepstake kit

Fancy organising an office sweepstake or just having a bit of fun? Download and print out our handy guide to Saturday’s runners and riders at AintreeGrab a winner (or, more likely, wave goodbye to your quid after the first fence) with our sweepstake ki…

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Talking Horses: Waiting Patiently best bet on Grand National day two card

The rain that has fallen will give the selection ideal conditions for Friday’s Melling ChaseIt has been a long, frustrating season for connections of Waiting Patiently (3.25), who must have soft ground but found the forecast drying up whenever an entry…

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Grand National 2019: horse-by-horse betting guide

We go through all the 40 runners for the 2019 edition of the world’s most famous horse raceFinished best of all when second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the best run of his career. Third in last year’s Gold Cup on his way to running fourth in the Nation…

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Talking Horses: Lizzie Kelly leads fitness regime for Grand National

Great British Racing showcase the athleticism of modern-day jockeys in the build up to Saturday’s big raceFor the first 30 seconds of a 40-second workout this week, the Equiciser was almost fun. Poised, sort of, in the stirrups of a wooden horse while …

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Grand National meeting day one: Buveur D’Air can land Aintree Hurdle

Nicky Henderson’s horse fell in the Champion Hurdle but a clear round should be good to repeat his Aintree win in 2017It will feel more like winter than spring as the Grand National Festival opens with an outstanding card at Aintree on Thursday afterno…

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Talking Horses: calm down over Elliott running 13 in Grand National

Superpower trainers and owners are dominating the world’s most famous race but it could be a mistake to put limits on the numbers they can runGordon Elliott looks like having 13 runners in Saturday’s Grand National, smashing the record for a single tra…

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Grand National 2019: Ronnie Wood’s Sandymount Duke misses big race

• Bless The Wings can now run if connections choose to• Colin Tizzard commits Ultragold for the NationalRonnie Wood has learned that you can’t always get what you want, as his colours will not be carried in Saturday’s Grand National. The Rolling Stones…

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Grand National to feature two female jockeys with Blackmore set to join Kelly

• Rachael Blackmore expected to ride Valseur Lido in National• Blackmore had a first tilt at the National last yearRachael Blackmore is expected to be aboard Valseur Lido in Saturday’s Grand National, making two female jockeys who are now set to take p…