GOING NEWS AT AINTREE TODAY

Another sunny and dry day at Aintree has seen the official going description for the Grand National Course change ahead of the 2017 Randox Health Grand National Festival which starts on Thursday, April 6. Clerk of the Course Andrew Tulloch commented late afternoon: “The ground has just dried out a bit more, so we have gone Good to Soft (from Soft, Good to Soft in places). “We have watered (five millimetres) the Mildmay and Hurdle Courses and so we have kept the descriptions broadly the same at Good…

Sir Mark Todd joins line up for Pertemps Champions Willberry Charity Race

The Bob Champion Cancer Trust and Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony charity are delighted to announce that Sir Mark Todd will join the line-up for the Pertemps Champions Willberry Charity Race, to be run at Cheltenham, the home of Jump Racing on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Voted Rider of the 20th Century by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), Sir Mark has won two Olympic gold medals, four Badminton titles and five at Burghley. He is one of New Zealand’s greatest sportsmen ever and in 2016 competed at his seventh Olympic…

JOE’S NATIONAL BID NO JOKE FOR JESTERS

Owner Robert Aplin admits to feeling ‘nerve-wracked’ ahead of Drop Out Joe’s tilt at the Randox Health Grand National this Saturday at Aintree. Bristol-based Aplin, who heads up The Jesters partnership, owns the nine-year-old together with business associates Josh Llewellyn, who lives in Barry Island, and Steve Corcoran, who hails from Knutsford, with the aim of winning a race. But the trio are now looking forward to having a runner in the world’s greatest chase after Drop Out Joe showed himself to be more than…

70 go forward for Saturday’s Randox Health Grand National

There are 70 horses going forward for Saturday’s £1-million Randox Health Grand National at Aintree, with a maximum of 40 runners able to line up at 5.15pm before a sold-out 70,000 racegoers on the course, a live British television audience of over 10 million with ITV the broadcaster for the first time and more than 600 million watching worldwide. Nine horses came out of the most famous chase this morning at the confirmation stage – top-weight Carlingford Lough, Alelchi Inois, Foxrock, Maggio, Vic’s Canvas, Ziga…

The second 10 factfiles for the 2017 Randox Health Grand National

THE SECOND 10 FACTFILES for the £1-million Randox Health Grand National, 4m 2f 74y, 30 fences, at 5.15pm on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Aintree Racecourse. BLAKLION DEFINITLY RED DOUBLE SHUFFLE HIGHLAND LODGE LE MERCUREY MAGIO ONE FOR ARTHUR PERFECT CANDIDATE PLEASANT COMPANY SAPHIR DU RHEU   Factfiles can be found below and can also be accessed as a PDF document here  About Aintree Racecourse / The Jockey Club Aintree is home to The Randox Health Grand National, the most famous horse race in the world…

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