John Smith’s Grand National Day sold out and lots of other news from Aintree

JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL DAY SOLD OUT  John Smith’s Grand National Day at Aintree – Saturday, April 6 – is now sold out in all enclosures which means over 70,000 will watch the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National. Racegoers can purchase tickets and badges on the gate for the first two days of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting – Grand Opening Day tomorrow, Thursday, April 4 and Ladies’ Day, Friday, April 5. Advance bookings are 10 per cent up for tomorrow so a new record crowd…

All the latest news ahead of the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National

The order of elimination for the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 6, was decided this morning (Tuesday, April 2) following the publication of the new British Horseracing Authority’s handicap ratings. A maximum of 40 runners can take part in the John Smith’s Grand National on Saturday.   Poker De Sivola, trained by Ferdy Murphy in Yorkshire, moves into the last automatic position of 40, jumping ahead of Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Major Malarkey. They are both currently weighted on 9st 13lb in the…

Commander heads 49 left in John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree

The 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander heads the weights for the John Smith’s Grand National following today’s five-day confirmation stage at which 49 horses were left in ahead of the 166th running of the world’s most famous chase on Saturday.   A total of eight horses were taken out of the Aintree marathon and, as expected, the trio of Prince De Beauchene, Wyck Hill and Beshabar have been scratched along with Bob Lingo, TofinoBay, Lion De Bearnai, Bostons Angel and Magnanimity, a runner…

Cusack hoping for John Smith’s Topham Chase success with Last Time D’Albain

Entries are revealed today for day two of the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National meeting, Ladies’ Day, Friday, April 5. The seven-race programme features two Grade One contests, two Grade Two affairs plus the John Smith’s Topham Chase over the famous Grand National fences   Irish handler Liam Cusack, who was fourth on Ebony Jane in the 1994 John Smith’s Grand National, is hoping to taste success over the famous fences as a trainer with Last Time D’Albain in the £120,000 John Smith’s Topham Chase…

Jefferson hoping for Betfred Bowl success with Cape Tribulation on Grand Opening Day at Aintree

There is now less than a week until the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National meeting gets underway and the countdown intensifies today with the unveiling of the entries and acceptors for day one of the three-day spectacular, Grand Opening Day, Thursday, April 4. Grand Opening Day offers high-class fare, with no less than four Grade One contests plus the John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase over the famous Grand National fences. The £150,000 Betfred Bowl (2.30pm, three miles and one furlong) has 11 possible starters including…

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