Donald McCain hoping to be triple-handed in John Smith’s Grand National

Trainer Donald McCain has four entries still entered in the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National and is hoping to have three runners.   Weird Al, with Adrian Lane up and Across The Bay, ridden by Henry Brooke, had a spin on the Mildmay Course this morning. Across The Bay led the work before Weird Al ranged up at the end.   Ballabriggs won the 2011 John Smith’s Grand National and has 11st 4lb at the moment this year, while Weird Al is three from the…

Bailey and McCain chasing more John Smith’s Grand National success

Kim Bailey, who landed the 1990 John Smith’s Grand National with Mr Frisk, believes a return to better ground will suit his John Smith’s Grand National contender The Rainbow Hunter when he lines up in the world’s most famous chase on Saturday, April 6, at Aintree. The progressive nine-year-old, one of 73 horses going forward for the £975,000 Aintree contest following the first scratchings’ deadline yesterday, February 26, (details of which are revealed today) entered the John Smith’s Grand National picture with a decisive half-length…

Bowen targets John Smith’s Grand National with Always Waining

Aintree specialist Always Waining remains on course for a tilt at the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 6, after making his seasonal return at Doncaster on Wednesday, February 20. The 12-year-old, trained by Peter Bowen in Pembrokeshire, became the first triple winner of the John Smith’s Topham Chase over the famous Grand National fences in 2012, and will attempt to become the first Welsh-trained winner of the John Smith’s Grand National since Kirkland in 1905. Always Waining captured his first John…

John Smith’s Grand National opinions of trainers, owners & the handicapper at the launch

The John’s Smith’s Grand National Launch took place in London today when the weights for the world’s most famous chase, run at Aintree on April 6, were unveiled. Phil Smith, Head of Handicapping at the British Horseracing Authority, talked of his role of drawing up the weights for the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National, run over 30 fences and four miles, three furlongs and about 110 yards. Asked by host Clare Balding why he had put last year’s third Seabass on 11st 2lb as against…

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…

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