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…

King targets Aintree with Smad Place and Raya Star

Smad Place is likely to bid for a first victory at Grade One level in the £120,000 John Smith’s Liverpool Hurdle (2.50pm) over an extended three miles at Aintree on the final day of John Smith’s Grand National meeting, Grand National Day, Saturday, April 6. Alan King’s charge returned from a break to finish a gallant third in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival for the second year in succession on March 14, after two placed efforts before Christmas at Ascot and Wetherby…

Puffin Billy has Aintree option

Puffin Billy could step up to two and a half miles at Aintree next week for the £60,000 Grade Two John Smith’s Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (1.45pm), the opening race on the final day of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting, Grand National Day, Saturday, April 6. Oliver Sherwood’s charge was barely extended to win two bumpers and two novices’ hurdles, including a Grade Two at Ascot in December, but lost his unbeaten record when chasing home Melodic Rendezvous in a Listed contest at Exeter on…

Superb clash on the cards in John Smith’s Melling Chase

Trainer Colin Tizzard is looking forward to a potential clash with Sprinter Sacre and Irish ace Flemenstar after confirming his stable star Cue Card is on course for the £200,000 Grade One John Smith’s Melling Chase (3.05pm) over two and a half miles at Aintree on Ladies’ Day of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting, Friday, April 5. Cue Card has established himself as the leading intermediate chaser this term with emphatic victories in Exeter’s sportingbet Haldon Gold Cup, the Ascot Chase and the Ryanair…

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