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Category: Grand National

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Equine flu outbreak: racing festivals to face strict ‘risk-management’

Protocols in place for both Cheltenham and Aintree New vaccination rules attract criticism from trainersThe major jumps festivals at Cheltenham in March and Aintree the following month are both likely to be staged with strict “risk-management” protocol…

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Grand National: Bristol De Mai could get lenient weight – Talking Horses

Martin Greenwood may allow the grey into the race on a reduced rating to continue attempting to attract quality horsesBristol De Mai is very likely to be given a lenient weight for the Grand National when the list of weights is published later on Tuesd…

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Threat of no-deal Brexit fails to deter Grand National entries from Ireland

• 47 Irish horses entered for Grand National at Aintree in April• No-deal Brexit could pose significant logistical problemsThe looming possibility of a no-deal Brexit on 29 March has not deterred Ireland’s trainers from making a record entry of 47 hors…

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Lucinda Russell orders checks on Grand National hero One For Arthur

• 10-year-old suffers second defeat since comeback• ‘We’ll get the vets and the physios to check,’ says RussellOne For Arthur is to have his back and hip area examined in case the Grand National winner of 2017 is suffering any kind of pain or discomfor…

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Talking Horses: Aintree not Cheltenham may be Frost’s best bet

Lauded jockey doesn’t have the sort of job that leads straight to Festival glory but could still land a plum Grand National rideHell is, of course, full of people typing up novelty bet offers for the New Year but there’s some morbid fascination that dr…

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Talking Horses: the ‘quiet’ horse who became a fiery Grand National hope

Walk In The Mill looks a live contender for the big Aintree race after winning over the famous green fences on SaturdaySacrifices are sometimes necessary in the buildup to a really important moment in your professional life and so it is that Walk In Th…

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Gordon Elliott talks up Borice as dark horse for Grand National follow-up

• Irish trainer pessimistic about repeat win for Tiger Roll • Becher Chase entry Don Poli on course for AintreeGordon Elliott’s chance of winning another Grand National this season has been boosted by the arrival of a likely type from France. The train…

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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 …