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…

Aintree heroes Comply Or Die and Monets Garden head up parade at Crabbies Grand National Festival

Old warriors joined by younger retired stars Peddlers Cross and Cinders And Ashes in Racing Post-sponsored parade of retrained racehorses A wonderfully diverse line-up of former racehorses now enjoying alternative careers has been assembled for the Racing Post RoR Parade at Aintree on Thursday, April 7, Grand Opening Day of the 2016 Crabbies Grand National Festival. Led by two Aintree heroes, Grand National winner Comply Or Die and five-time course winner Monet’s Garden, the line-up includes a legend in Gold Cup winner Denman, as well…

Murphy eyes Aintree for impressive Festival winner Empire Of Dirt

Entries are revealed today for the two other races over the Grand National fences at Aintree during next month’s Crabbie’s Grand National Festival – the £120,000 Grade Three Crabbie’s Topham Chase and the £40,000 Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Chase. Both contests take place over two miles and five furlongs. In-form Irish challenger Empire Of Dirt features among 64 entries for the Crabbie’s Topham Chase (Ladies Day, Friday, April 8). The nine-year-old captured a valuable handicap chase at Leopardstown in January and defied the rise in the…

Trainers and jockeys talk about the Crabbie’s Grand National at today’s Northern Media Lunch at Aintree Racecourse

Top-weight and last year’s victor Many Clouds (Oliver Sherwood/Leighton Aspell) heads the 96 acceptors for the Crabbie’s Grand National following today’s second scratchings stage. The nine-year-old, 8/1 clear favourite with the official betting partner of the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, Betfred, completed his Crabbie’s Grand National preparation in the best possible way when landing the Listed Premier Chase at Kelso on March 13, scoring by 10 lengths from Unioniste (Paul Nicholls). Last year 74 horses were left in at this stage, while 73 went forward…

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