John Smith’s Grand National Legends – Shortlist Announced

John Smith’s and Aintree have today announced the 2013 shortlist of ten racing ‘Legends’ aiming to be inducted into the John Smith’s Grand National Legends hall of fame. The Legends initiative was launched three years ago to celebrate the ‘Greats’ from Grand National history. This year’s shortlist was again compiled by a panel of racing experts who were asked to consider the notable performances – equine and human – from the 1830s through to the present day. The reins now pass to the public whose…

Exciting line up confirmed for third John Smith’s Aintree Legends Charity Race

Michael and Richard Hills, Kevin Darley and George Duffield join last year’s winner, Mick Kinane, in an elite group of classic winning flat jockeys taking on their jumping counterparts at Aintree.  Tony Dobbin also returns as 2011 champion for the John Smith’s Legends Race on Grand National Day which looks to be another competitive affair with nearly 17,000 career victories between the 12 jockeys.  The race is run on the flat over 1m 5f as the first race on the John Smith’s Grand National card…

Favourite Seabass given 11st 2lb in 2013 John Smith’s Grand National. Weights for £975,000 contest unveiled

The Ted Walsh-trained Seabass, who finished third in last year’s John Smith’s Grand National, has been allotted 11lb 2lb in the 166th running of the great chase, for which the weights are unveiled this morning. Betfred, betting partner at the John Smith’s Grand National meeting, make Seabass – who carried 10st 12lb in 2012 – one of their 14/1 co-favourites to go two places better this year and Walsh reports the 10-year-old to be bang on course for the £975,000 John Smith’s Grand National at…

Weights for John Smith’s Grand National revealed on Tuesday, February 12

The countdown to this year’s John Smith’s Grand National continues on Tuesday, February 12, when the annual launch is held in London and includes the eagerly-anticipated unveiling of the weights for the world’s greatest chase. A total of 83 entries remain in the famous handicap chase and, with a prize fund of £975,000, the John Smith’s Grand National is the most valuable jump race in Europe and among the richest in the world. This year’s John Smith’s Grand National takes place on Saturday, April 6,…

84 for 2013 John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree

The 166th running of the world’s greatest chase, the John Smith’s Grand National, has attracted a high-class entry of 84, an increase of two on the 2012 figure. With a prize fund of £975,000, the John Smith’s Grand National remains the most valuable jump race in Europe and among the richest in the world. The Aintree contest will take place over the new distance of four miles, three furlongs and about 110 yards on Saturday, April 6, with the start moved closer to the first…

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