Donald McCain hoping to be triple-handed in John Smith’s Grand National

Trainer Donald McCain has four entries still entered in the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National and is hoping to have three runners.   Weird Al, with Adrian Lane up and Across The Bay, ridden by Henry Brooke, had a spin on the Mildmay Course this morning. Across The Bay led the work before Weird Al ranged up at the end.   Ballabriggs won the 2011 John Smith’s Grand National and has 11st 4lb at the moment this year, while Weird Al is three from the…

All the news on the final day of The Festival at Cheltenham, Gold Cup Day

HENDERSON DELIGHTED Trainer Nicky Henderson crowned a great week when Bobs Worth came out best in a great Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup with stablemate Long Run in third. “It has been a long old week, hasn’t it? You know that both horses were fighting, both boys gave them great rides and both horses were fighting to the line. It was a great race,” said Henderson, who was also celebrating his 50th Festival success. “It’s dreams, isn’t it? Sprinter Sacre was something special and I am proud…

Ralph Beckett trio among 67 Investec Oaks entries

Ralph Beckett has ambitions of a second Investec Oaks victory with three promising fillies from the trainer featuring among the 67 entries received for this year’s Classic at Epsom Downs on Friday, May 31 – Investec Ladies Day. The handler sent out Look Here to success in 2008 and his contenders for Investec Oaks glory are headed by Secret Gesture, who is a 20/1 chance with Coral following a comfortable success on her second outing at Newbury in October. The three-year-old daughter of Galileo, owned…

All the latest news from day three of The Festival at Cheltenham, St Patrick’s Thursday

PAUL AND SOL OUTWHIT THEIR RIVALS Class will out, from horse and trainer. Solwhit’s success in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle was his seventh Group 1 victory and, as only his third run in two years in a softly-softly campaign after leg problems, a testament to the skill of Charles Byrnes and his team at Ballingarry, Co Limerick. “We never lost faith in him,” said Byrnes. “In the past he was one of the few horses who could put it up to Hurricane Fly. He developed…

Racing goes ahead on St Patrick’s Thursday at Cheltenham

Racing goes ahead on the Chase and Hurdle tracks of the New Course after there was no need for a precautionary inspection at 8am. Temperatures got down to minus7C overnight, but are expected to rise to plus5C this afternoon. There will be an inspection of the Cross Country course at 11am. Today’s going descriptions are (at 6.30am) Good to soft, soft in places (Chase and Hurdle) Good to soft, soft and frozen in places (Cross Country) Simon Claisse, Head of Racing, South West Region &…

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