65 go forward for Saturday’s Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree

 The line-up for the first £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National takes further shape today with the unveiling of the 65 six-day confirmations for the Aintree spectacular at 4.15pm on Saturday, April 5.   Tidal Bay (11st 10lb, 14/1 with Betfred, official betting partner of the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival), bidding to become the first 13-year-old to triumph since Sergeant Murphy in 1923 and the first to shoulder top-weight since Red Rum in 1977, heads the 65 horses going forward.   A maximum of 40 runners can go…

Grade One bonanza on Grand Opening Day of Crabbie’s Grand National Festival

The three-day Crabbie’s Grand National Festival begins with a bang on Grand Opening Day, Thursday, April 3, with a terrific seven-race card featuring four Grade One contests.   The highlight of the day for chasers is the £150,000 Betfred Bowl (2.30pm) over three miles and a furlong, which could see last year’s winner First Lieutenant (Mouse Morris, 7/2 with Betfred) lock horns with impressive Ryanair Chase scorer Dynaste (David Pipe, 3/1) and King George VI Chase hero Silviniaco Conti (Paul Nicholls, 7/4 favourite).   Also…

Hoof It stars at Kempton Park on Saturday

  Kempton Park stages a high-class card this Saturday, March 29, featuring the £37,000 Listed 6 Places At Aintree At BetVictor Magnolia Stakes (2.20pm) over 10 furlongs and two valuable Class 2 handicaps.   High-class sprinter Hoof It, who was third in last year’s Group One Haydock Park Sprint Cup, will warm for All-Weather Championships Finals Day (Good Friday, April 18) in the £19,000 Grand National 6 Places At BetVictor.com Handicap (3.30pm) over six furlongs.   The Mick Easterby-trained seven-year-old has had two starts during…

Final Fast-Track Qualifier at Kempton Park next Monday, March 31 – Wadham hoping Noble Silk can book Good Friday ticket

The 16th and final Fast-Track Qualifier for All-Weather Championships Finals Day takes place at Kempton Park next Monday, March 31.   The £19,000 Follow @BetVictorRacing On Twitter Conditions Stakes (5.00pm) over two miles is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 32Red Casino All-Weather Marathon Championship over the same distance at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 18.   There are 15 entries for the @BetVictorRacing On Twitter Conditions Stakes, headed by the Mark Johnston-trained pair of Blue Wave and Sir Graham Wade. Four-year-old Blue Wave…

Carberry to partner leading Crabbie’s Grand National contender Monbeg Dude as Scudamore pays tribute to Zara Phillips’ input

Trainer Michael Scudamore today confirmed that Paul Carberry is set to partner Monbeg Dude in the £1 million Crabbie’s Grand National next Saturday, April 5, at Aintree.   Carberry was on board when the nine-year-old captured the Welsh National at Chepstow in January, 2013, and speaking at an Aintree media event at his Herefordshire stable today, Scudamore confirmed the top Irish rider would be back in the saddle next week.   Monbeg Dude is owned jointly by Scudamore and the rugby internationals  James Simpson-Daniel, Nicky…

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