Bailey and McCain chasing more John Smith’s Grand National success

Kim Bailey, who landed the 1990 John Smith’s Grand National with Mr Frisk, believes a return to better ground will suit his John Smith’s Grand National contender The Rainbow Hunter when he lines up in the world’s most famous chase on Saturday, April 6, at Aintree. The progressive nine-year-old, one of 73 horses going forward for the £975,000 Aintree contest following the first scratchings’ deadline yesterday, February 26, (details of which are revealed today) entered the John Smith’s Grand National picture with a decisive half-length…

Donald McCain talks about The Festival

Bankhouse Stables, Cholmondeley, Cheshire   Please see Donald’s comments under each horse below   Synopsis – Son of an Aintree legend; Donald McCain has established himself as the north’s leading trainer since taking over the reins from his father in 2006.   Has finished third in the trainers’ championship behind Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson for the past two seasons (2010/2011 & 2011/2012). Currently lies third in this season’s championship (based on prize money), adrift of Nicholls and Henderson again, but has sent out more…

At The Races and the Shanghai Race Club sign landmark deal

At The Races, the UK and Ireland’s largest and most widely distributed dedicated horse racing channel, today confirmed that it has reached an agreement with the Shanghai Race Club (“SRC”) to add live horse racing as a feature on paoma.com – an online platform developed by SRC for racehorse owners and aspiring racehorse owners in Mainland China. The new feature, due to launch in early March, will be available on a free to register subscription basis to residents of Mainland China and has been developed in partnership with…

Nigel Twiston-Davies reflects ahead of The Festival

Nigel Twiston-Davies is looking forward to The Festival: “I am feeling really quite happy – nobody is expecting an awful lot. It wasn’t fun in the build-up when Commander was favourite for the Gold Cup. Everybody thought he would win and so did I – in a way only things can go wrong then. When you are not expected, it is more fun the better you do rather than a kick in the nuts when you get beat. “We have the Commander back and some…

Bowen targets John Smith’s Grand National with Always Waining

Aintree specialist Always Waining remains on course for a tilt at the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 6, after making his seasonal return at Doncaster on Wednesday, February 20. The 12-year-old, trained by Peter Bowen in Pembrokeshire, became the first triple winner of the John Smith’s Topham Chase over the famous Grand National fences in 2012, and will attempt to become the first Welsh-trained winner of the John Smith’s Grand National since Kirkland in 1905. Always Waining captured his first John…

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