Fox Norton and God’s Own head 13 entries for G1 JLT Melling Chase on Ladies Day at Aintree

Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase runner-up Fox Norton and defending champion God’s Own headline 13 contenders for the two and a half-mile £200,000 G1 JLT Melling Chase (3.25pm), one of the highlights of Ladies Day at Aintree’s Randox Health Grand National Festival on Friday, April 7. Fox Norton (Colin Tizzard) went down by a head to Special Tiara in the two-mile chasing championship contest at Cheltenham on March 15 and has finished first or second on all four of his appearances so far this season, including when the decisive…

Cue Card among the entries for fabulous Grand Opening Day at Aintree’s Randox Health Grand National Festival

Entries are unveiled today for Grand Opening Day, Thursday, April 6, which gets the 2017 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree underway.   Cue Card (Colin Tizzard) is one 10 entries for the G1 £150,000 Betway Bowl Chase (2.50pm) over three miles and a furlong. The 11-year-old is a nine-time G1 winner, including in the 2016 Betway Bowl.   Cue Card comes to Aintree, having fallen three fences from home in the G1 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup and doing exactly the same 12 months earlier….

Randox Health Grand National bid by Ziga Boy

Ziga Boy will run in the £1-million Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 8.   The eight-year-old made history earlier this season when becoming the first horse to win back-to-back renewals of the valuable Listed Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster.   Ziga Boy has not been out again since his victory in that three-mile handicap chase on January 28, when he stayed on strongly to score by three and a half lengths from Looking Well.   The son of Califet is rated…

Mullins duo head weights for Randox Health Topham Chase

Ballycasey (11st 12lb) and Alelchi Inois (11st 9lb), who have both captured G2 chases this season, head the weights for the £120,000 G3 Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (4.05pm) on Ladies Day, Friday, April 7, at Aintree’s Randox Health Grand National Festival. They are trained by Ireland’s champion Jump trainer Willie Mullins, who saddled Its Time For A Win to victory in the two mile, five furlong handicap chase over the Grand National fences in 2002. The seven Mullins’ contenders in the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase also feature…

“All systems go” for The Young Master ahead of the Randox Health Grand National

The Young Master (Neil Mulholland) is all set for the £1-million Randox Health Grand National, staged at Aintree Racecourse in 11 days’ time, Saturday, April 8, 2017.   The Randox Health Grand National, which has 78 entries going forward, is run over four miles, two furlongs and 74 yards and 30 fences. The maximum permitted field is 40.   The Young Master enjoyed the finest moment of his career so far when the short-head winner of the valuable G3 bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown Park…

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