Moffatt and McLoughlin thrilled with Aintree hopefuls

Jimmy Moffatt is counting down the days until stable star Highland Lodge lines up in the £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 9. Formerly trained by Emma Lavelle, Highland Lodge made the perfect start for new connections in the Betfred Becher Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree in December, staying on strongly to win by two and a quarter lengths. The 10-year-old, who was allotted 10st 2lb in the big race and should just get in, has not run since…

Global healthcare provider Randox Health to become headline partner of the Grand National Festival

Global innovative healthcare company, Randox Health, will become the new Official Partner of the world’s greatest steeplechase, the Grand National, and the three-day Grand National Festival staged at Aintree Racecourse, in a five-year deal starting after next month’s 169th running, Jockey Club Racecourses announced today. Randox Health is a world leader in healthcare diagnostics; today more than 5% of the world’s population – in excess of 370 million people across 145 countries – receives medical diagnosis using Randox products each year. Offering the world’s most…

Long Run on Crabbie’s Grand National trail

Owner/trainer Robert Waley-Cohen is hoping to get some match practice into Long Run ahead of the £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 9. The 11-year-old has not run since coming ninth in the 2014 Grand Steeple-Chase De Paris at Auteuil, France, when trained by Nicky Henderson. He enjoyed a distinguished career for the Lambourn handler, winning two King George VI Chases and the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup in which he beat Denman and Kauto Star. Long Run tackled the Aintree spectacular under…

113 go forward for Crabbie’s Grand National

A bumper 113 horses remain engaged in the 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National following the March 1 scratchings’ deadline, details of which are revealed today. The world’s greatest chase, which boasts a £1-million total prize fund, takes place at Aintree on Saturday, April 9, the third and final day of the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, with a new off time of 5.15pm. A maximum of 40 horses can line up in the race over 30 fences and four miles, two furlongs and 74 yards. Heading the…

Alvarado to have Crabbie’s Grand National prep at Newbury

Alvarado is due to make his seasonal reappearance at Newbury next weekend as he is prepared for a third tilt at the Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 9. The 11-year-old, who has finished fourth in the last two runnings of the £1-million spectacular, is set to race off 10st 2lb this time around at Aintree. He carried 10st 3lb (rated 140) when staying on well to be fourth to Many Clouds in 2015 and also finished strongly with 10st 2lb (rated 139)…

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