Superb entries for Punchestown

Most of jump racing’s biggest stars are among the Grade 1 entries announced today for the 2013 Punchestown Festival staged from Tuesday, April 23 to Saturday, April 27. There is prize money of €2.2 million on offer over the five days and some thrilling battles between the cream of Britain and Ireland’s top performers are on the cards. HENDERSON CONFIRMS LONG RUN AND RIVERSIDE Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs, trained by Willie Mullins, is set to face some stiff opposition in his bid…

Tremendous Viewing Figures For The Grand National At Aintree Yesterday

John Baker, the man in charge of Aintree Racecourse, reacted to the high viewing figures released earlier today by Channel 4, which covered the John Smith’s Grand National for the first time. The Regional Director North West of Jockey Club Racecourses said: “The Channel 4 viewing figures for yesterday’s John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree are phenomenal. “Beforehand we reckoned that a peak audience of 7 million would be great so to get nearly 9 million, beating three of the last four BBC audiences, is…

All the news from John Smith’s Grand National Day at Aintree

JOCKEY REACTIONS AFTER THE 2013 JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL Ryan Mania, partner of the winner Auroras Encore, said: “The race kind of went by in a flash. I tried to jump off around about the jockeys that have been round before. I have got my bit of light, jumped off exactly where I wanted to be and he has taken to the fences. He has jumped from fence to fence and I couldn’t believe the run I got. “I couldn’t have asked for a better…

Factfiles for all 40 declared runners in the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National

FACTFILES FOR ALL 40 RUNNERS IN THE 2013 JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL Click here - ffFINALgnfactfiles2013onFriday5April

All the news from Ladies’ Day at Aintree

COURSES TO BE WATERED AHEAD OF JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL Selective watering will take place on all three courses at Aintree ahead of tomorrow’s John Smith’s Grand National Day. Clerk of the Course Andrew Tulloch said: “We will be watering selected parts of all three courses overnight to maintain the ground ahead of tomorrow’s John Smith’s Grand National. We will put on between two to four millimetres depending on what is needed.” UNBEATEN SPRINTER SACRE SHINES FOR 47,000+ CROWD ON SECOND DAY OF JOHN SMITH’S…

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