Highest-quality Randox Health Grand National in prospect at Aintree

The 2017 Randox Health Grand National weights, framed and decided by the British Horseracing Authority’s Head of Handicapping, Phil Smith, will be unveiled by 9.00pm this evening, Tuesday, February 14, at the famous Victoria & Albert Museum in London. A separate release will be sent to you detailing these weights at 9pm. The Randox Health Grand National is the only handicap of the year where Smith has absolute discretion to deviate from the normal handicap ratings when determining the weights. Smith has handicapped the Randox…

Outlander heads weights for Randox Health Grand National as Ireland has top five

Outlander (33/1 with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National meeting), winner of the Grade One Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, heads the weights on 11st 10lb for the £1-million Randox Health Grand National. The world’s greatest chase, by far the richest Jump race anywhere outside of Japan, is the feature at Aintree on the third and final day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival on Saturday, April 8. The nine-year-old is one of three chasers in the top four of…

Irish fans spend €22 million attending The Festival

  Almost one in three tickets are purchased from Ireland   Monday 13th February 2017 - Horseracing fans visiting from Ireland spent €22.3 million (stg£19.23 million) at The Festival in 2016 spread across travel, accommodation, tickets and entertainment, according to an Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) carried out by the University of Gloucestershire on behalf of Cheltenham Racecourse. Fans based in Ireland bought 57,375 tickets, or the equivalent of 30% of tickets sold at the prestigious annual event. On average, 14,343 visitors from Ireland attended each day…

Harry Skelton hoping for another Superb Story at The Festival

Please click here to access the media guide in full as a PDF document  Superb Story’s success in last year’s County Hurdle provided jockey Harry Skelton with a maiden victory at The Festival and capped an a career-best season for the 27-year-old. Skelton enjoyed a dream start to his professional career when steering Niche Market to a shock victory in the 2009 Irish Grand National, aged just 19, but, like so many conditional riders, found life difficult after losing his claim and slumped to just…

Ballyandy favourite for Britain’s richest handicap hurdle, Newbury’s Betfair Hurdle on Saturday

Ballyandy heads 16 runners for the £155,000 Grade Three Betfair Hurdle, the highlight of a fantastic seven-race card at Newbury on Betfair Super Saturday, February 11. The extended two-mile contest, Britain’s richest handicap hurdle, has been won by subsequent G1 scorers My Tent Or Yours and Zarkandar in recent years. Ballyandy (Nigel Twiston-Davies/Sam Twiston-Davies, 11st 1lb), making his handicap debut, is the 9/2 favourite with Betfair. The six-year-old captured the Listed bumper impressively on this card 12 months ago and went on to win the Champion…

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