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…

Entries close for Crabbie’s Topham Chase & Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Chase on Tuesday

Entries close at noon this Tuesday, March 22 for the £120,000 Crabbie’s Topham Chase (2m 5f 19y, 4.05pm Ladies Day, Friday, April 8) and the £40,000 Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Chase (2m 5f 19y, 4.05pm Grand Opening Day, Thursday, April 7). Both races are among the three staged over the Grand National fences during the three-day Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, which has record prize money of £2.9 million. The latest scratching stage for the feature £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National (5.15pm Grand National Day, Saturday April 9),…

Moffatt and McLoughlin thrilled with Aintree hopefuls

Jimmy Moffatt is counting down the days until stable star Highland Lodge lines up in the £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 9. Formerly trained by Emma Lavelle, Highland Lodge made the perfect start for new connections in the Betfred Becher Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree in December, staying on strongly to win by two and a quarter lengths. The 10-year-old, who was allotted 10st 2lb in the big race and should just get in, has not run since…

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