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Category: Grand National

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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…

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Tiger Roll avatar foiled as Potters Corner triumphs in Virtual Grand National

Millions watch Potters Corner ‘complete’ National double Tiger Roll fourth as viewers tune in for ITV simulationPotters Corner ‘won’ the Virtual Grand National, a computer simulation broadcast by ITV on Saturday evening in place of the race itself, whi…

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Virtual Grand National 2020 – live!

Talking Horses: millions will tune in for ITV’s VGN1977 Grand National: Red Rum pulls off historic trebleAnd you can email Barry or tweet @bglendenning 5.26pm BST Grand National: Burrows Saint and Rachael Blackmore take the lead, carrying my fiver with…

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Grand National 1977: Red Rum goes for historic treble – live!

Relive the coverage of Aintree’s world famous steeplechaseTalking Horses: millions will tune in for Virtual National 2.20pm BST 2.20pm So could it be a big day for raiders from across the Irish Sea? Monksfield takes on Night Nurse in our next race at 2…

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Talking Horses: millions will tune in for ITV’s Virtual Grand National

The strict UK lockdown means that this virtual race could pull in more viewers than the actual Aintree spectacular couldAround lunchtime on Saturday, somebody somewhere will hit “enter” on their keyboard and, a fraction of a second and many millions of…

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Talking Horses: roll up for our answer to the Grand National mystery

What would have happened at Aintree on Saturday if the great race had gone ahead? We’ll give an answer at 3pm…It’s a tricky beast, this Virtual Grand National which so many of us will watch on Saturday (ITV, 5pm). Because of our reduced circumstances…

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From the archive: The Joy of Six — Great Grand National moments

From the agony of Crisp to Foinavon’s 100-1 win, here are half a dozen memorable milestones in the story of Aintree’s showpieceMemory Lane: a history of the Grand National in picturesThis article was originally published in April 2009 Continue reading….

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Talking Horses: Grand National the latest racing domino to topple

How long can racing behind closed doors be maintained? And how will the sport recover when it finally does stop?The Grand National has been cancelled, all British racing is now behind closed doors and the question facing an industry that supports the e…

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Grand National 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak

Aintree race scheduled for 4 April is called offCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe 2020 Grand National at Aintree on 4 April, in which Tiger Roll had been expected to attempt an unprecedented third victory in the world’s mo…

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Business as usual for horse racing until government says otherwise

• Aintree hoteliers braced for Grand National’s empty stands • Paul Nicholls closes on title leader Nicky Henderson“Keep calm and kick on” is the maxim racing appears to have adopted in the face of the threat posed by coronavirus, judging by the views …

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Tame Cheltenham run suggests Tiger Roll has lost his Grand National roar

Tiger Roll finishes second in cross-country behind EasylandBookmakers push odds out to 8-1 for a third successive NationalHas the Tiger lost his roar? It is a question that must be asked after what, by the ordinary standards of Tiger Roll, was a tame d…

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Talking Horses: Tiger Roll owner mulls Grand National with no crowd

Postponing the race is not a good option says Gigginstown’s Eddie O’Leary as a betting market suggests race is in perilWith the Cheltenham Festival just four days off and seeming likely to go ahead despite the spreading coronavirus, the thoughts of rac…

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Definitly Red on Grand National trail for ebullient Brian Ellison

• ‘He’s got a massive chance at Aintree,’ says Ellison• Doncaster winner Gino Trail may run at Cheltenham FestivalThe popular veteran Definitly Red is among the favourites for the Grand National, following a wide-margin victory at Kelso on Saturday. No…

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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…