Record prize money on offer during the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree

  A new record amount of prize money in excess of £3.2 million is being offered for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival, which runs at Aintree Racecourse from Thursday, April 12 through to Saturday, April 14 inclusive, it was announced today.   As revealed at the end of 2017, race values across all Jockey Club Racecourses – including Aintree – and at all levels of the sport, are benefiting from an £8-million injection during 2018.   The 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival…

Previous two winners among 16 chasing glory in Randox Health Becher Chase at Aintree on Saturday

  Vieux Lion Rouge (David Pipe/Tom Scudamore, 11st 5lb), Highland Lodge (James Moffatt/Henry Brooke, 10st 5lb) and The Last Samuri (Kim Bailey/David Bass, 11st 12lb) are among 16 declared runners for the £145,000 G3 Randox Health Becher Chase (1.30pm), staged over the Grand National fences at Aintree on Becher Chase Day, Saturday, December 9. The trio filled the first three places in the 2016 Becher Chase, with Vieux Lion Rouge coming out on top by a short-head from Highland Lodge with The Last Samuri, the 2016 Grand National runner-up, a…

Blaklion gearing up for Aintree once again as Twiston-Davies celebrates upcoming 20th anniversary of first Grand National success

    Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - The countdown to the 2018 Randox Health Grand National started today with a media visit organised by Aintree Racecourse to the stable of Nigel Twiston-Davies. The £1-million handicap chase, by far the richest Jump race run anywhere outside of Japan, takes place at Aintree on Saturday, April 14. Twiston-Davies is the only current trainer to have won the Grand National more than once. Next year will be the 20th anniversary of his first Grand National success with Earth Summit…

Vieux Lion Rouge aiming for back-to-back wins in Saturday’s Randox Health Becher Chase

Last year’s winner Vieux Lion Rouge is among 24 five-day confirmations for the £145,000 G3 Randox Health Becher Chase (1.30pm), one of two races over the famous Grand National fences at Aintree on Becher Chase Day, Saturday, December 9. Vieux Lion Rouge (David Pipe, 11st 5lb) stayed on gamely to win last year’s running of the three and a quarter mile handicap chase, defeating 2015 scorer Highland Lodge(Jimmy Moffatt, 10st 5lb) by a short-head in a thrilling finish. Vieux Lion Rouge, who also captured last season’s G3 Grand…

The Last Samuri handed 11st 12lb as weights revealed for Randox Health Becher Chase

Weights are released today for the £145,000 G3 Randox Health Becher Chase (60 entries) and the £70,000 188bet.co.uk Grand Sefton Handicap Chase (37 entries), both staged over Aintree’s famous Grand National fences on Becher Chase Day, Saturday, December 9. The 2016 Grand National runner-up The Last Samuri (Kim Bailey) tops the weights on 11st 12lb for the Randox Health Becher Chase, run over three and a quarter miles. The nine-year-old finished third behind Vieux Lion Rouge (David Pipe, 11st 5lb) andHighland Lodge (Jimmy Moffatt, 10st 5lb) in this contest 12…

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