All the news from Grand Opening Day at Aintree

RECORD CROWD FOR OPENING DAY OF JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL MEETING John Baker, Aintree and North West Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “Grand Opening Day here at Aintree welcomed a record crowd of 32,340 for a spectacular first day of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting. “For many the highlight will have been Zarkandar and Ruby Walsh holding off the challenge of The New One by half a length in the Grade One John Smith’s Aintree Hurdle, but we saw some thrilling action…

John Smith’s Grand National Declared Runners & Reserves

No      Form    Horse                          Age/Wgt ………………Owner………………………….. Trainer/Jockey 1) 51U/1P/-2 IMPERIAL COMMANDER (IRE) 12-11-10  Our Friends in the North  Nigel Twiston-Davies/Sam Twiston-Davies 2) P/33F0-0 WHAT A FRIEND 10-11-09 Ged Mason & Sir Alex Ferguson  Paul Nicholls/Sam Thomas 3) 3PF-4PP WEIRD AL (IRE) 10-11-08 Brannon Dick Holden   Donald McCain/Timmy Murphy 4) 1113-04 QUEL ESPRIT (FR) 9-11-07  Red Barn Syndicate   Willie Mullins IRE/- 5) 40/-U312 BIG FELLA THANKS 11-11-06 Crossed Fingers Partnership  Tom George/Denis O’Regan 6) 1113-23 SEABASS (IRE) 10-11-06 Gunners Syndicate   Ted Walsh IRE/Ms Katie Walsh 7) 0-1U355…

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…

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