Latest going and other news from Aintree

LATEST GOING & OTHER NEWS FROM AINTREE Another drying day at Aintree has seen the going descriptions tighten slightly, despite four millimetres of overnight rain at the course. The Grand National Course at Aintree is now described as Good to Soft, Soft in places at the Canal Turn as against Good to Soft, Soft in places yesterday afternoon. The going has also changed on the Mildmay Course and is now Good to Soft, Good in Places from Good to Soft, while the Hurdle Course remains…

Many Clouds tops 87 in Crabbie’s Grand National

Last year’s winner Many Clouds (Oliver Sherwood) tops 87 horses going forward for the £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National, staged at 5.15pm on Saturday, April 9, 2016. The nine-year-old Many Clouds, 8/1 clear favourite with Betfred, official betting partner of the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, is bidding to become the first horse to win back-to-back renewals of the world’s greatest since the legendary Red Rum in 1973 and 1974. He completed his preparation in fine style with victory in the Listed Premier Chase at Kelso on…

Cheltenham winners feature among top entries for Ladies Day

No fewer than 11 winners at this year’s Cheltenham Festival feature among the entries for Ladies Day on day two of the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival at Aintree next Friday, April 8. Vautour was an easy winner of the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham last month, when beating stable-companion Valseur Lido by six lengths, and the Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old heads 13 contenders for the £200,000 Grade One JLT Melling Chase (3.25pm) on the Mildmay course. Once again, Vautour’s chief opposition may come from his own yard…

Fabulous Grand Opening Day at Aintree on Thursday, April 7

There is now less than a week to go until the 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National Festival gets underway and outstanding entries are unveiled today for Grand Opening Day, Thursday, April 7. Grand Opening Day features four Grade One contests plus the Crabbie’s Fox Hunters Chase over the Grand National fences. The first five from the Champion Hurdle are on course for an exciting rematch in the £200,000 Grade One Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle (3.25pm), the highlight of Grand Opening Day, Thursday, April 7. Annie Power…

In-form Lee has no ground concerns for Crabbie’s Grand National contender Bishops Road

In-form Lee has no ground concerns for Crabbie’s Grand National contender Bishops Road Thursday, March 31, 2016 – Trainer Kerry Lee is hoping to crown a memorable first season with victory in the £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 9. The Herefordshire handler has enjoyed a string of big-race successes since taking over the licence from her father Richard at the start of the season, including a first Grade One triumph with Kylemore Lough in the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase at…

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