Highest-quality Randox Health Grand National in prospect at Aintree

The 2017 Randox Health Grand National weights, framed and decided by the British Horseracing Authority’s Head of Handicapping, Phil Smith, will be unveiled by 9.00pm this evening, Tuesday, February 14, at the famous Victoria & Albert Museum in London. A separate release will be sent to you detailing these weights at 9pm. The Randox Health Grand National is the only handicap of the year where Smith has absolute discretion to deviate from the normal handicap ratings when determining the weights. Smith has handicapped the Randox…

Outlander heads weights for Randox Health Grand National as Ireland has top five

Outlander (33/1 with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National meeting), winner of the Grade One Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, heads the weights on 11st 10lb for the £1-million Randox Health Grand National. The world’s greatest chase, by far the richest Jump race anywhere outside of Japan, is the feature at Aintree on the third and final day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival on Saturday, April 8. The nine-year-old is one of three chasers in the top four of…

Randox Health Grand National attracts 110 entries

Don Poli, a three-time Grade One winner and placed in five other Grade Ones, heads the 110 entries for the £1-million Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 8, which are revealed today.   The entry figure has broken the 100-mark for the third time in the last four years – entry details since 2010 – 2017-110, 2016-126, 2015-98; 2014-115; 2013-84; 2012-82; 2011-102 and 2010-112.   The world’s greatest chase, by far the richest Jump race anywhere outside of Japan, is the feature…

Aintree pays tribute to National hero Brian Fletcher

John Baker, Regional Director, Jockey Club Racecourses North West and boss of Aintree Racecourse, today paid tribute to Brian Fletcher.   “We are greatly saddened by this news. Following the passing of John Buckingham, we have lost two Aintree legends in a matter of days.   “Brian was part of Aintree folklore and his three Grand National wins puts him in a very special and extremely exclusive club.   “He has remained in touch with Aintree and in February, 2011, joined us in London to…

Highland Lodge trying to become first back-to-back winner as 24 line up in Betfred Becher Chase

A splendid field of 24, the second highest ever, is set to go to post for the £140,000 Betfred Becher Handicap Chase (1.35pm), the highlight of the seven-race programme at Aintree on Saturday, December 3, Betfred Becher Chase Community Day. The Betfred Becher Handicap Chase is staged over just short three and a quarter miles of the Grand National course.   In the 2015 renewal of the Grade Three race, Highland Lodge (Jimmy Moffatt/Henry Brooke, 10st 4lb, 16/1 with Betfred) came home two and a…

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