THE FIRST 10 JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL FACTFILES

  BALLABRIGGS (IRE) FACTFILE b g Presenting – Papoose (IRE) (Little Bighorn) 12-11-04  Form: 50220/6S22F212/0/3111/1121/46-P73  Owner: Trevor Hemmings Trainer: Donald McCain  Breeder: Mrs Sarah Jackson Ballabriggs The 2011 John Smith’s Grand National winner Ballabriggs was born in CountyTipperary on April 27, 2001. John Brady paid IR£12,000 for him as a foal at Goffs in December, 2001, and sold the youngster on to Highflyer Bloodstock, acting for owner Trevor Hemmings, for 32,000 euros at Tattersalls Ireland the following November. Ballabriggs was allowed to develop at two…

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…

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