Tremendous Ladies Day at Aintree’s Randox Health Grand National Festival

  Saturday, March 30, 2019 - Friday, April 5 is Ladies Day at Aintree’s Randox Health Grand National Festival with a fantastic seven-race programme headlined by four G1 contests and over £800,000 in prize money. The most valuable contest on Ladies Day is the £250,000 G1 JLT Chase (3.25pm, 16 entries) over two and a half miles. Paul Nicholls is closing in on an 11th Jump trainers’ championship and his two entries include Cyrname, who is the top-rated chaser currently in training in Britain with an official…

Stars aplenty on Grand National Thursday at next week’s Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree

The three-day Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse begins with a feast of G1 action on Grand National Thursday, April 4. The seven-race programme starts with four G1 prizes on the bounce, with the feature £250,000 G1 Betway Aintree Hurdle (3.25pm) having attracted 16 entries. Nicky Henderson has captured the two and a half mile highlight four times since 2011 and, if successful in 2019, would equal Toby Balding’s record of five wins in the race. The Henderson team is led by the…

VIDEOS – Randox Health Grand National Ambassador Katie Walsh catches up with Tiger Roll and also visits the stables of Willie Mullins & Jessica Harrington

VIDEOS – Randox Health Grand National Ambassador Katie Walsh catches up with Tiger Roll and also visits the stables of Willie Mullins & Jessica Harrington    Randox Health Grand National Ambassador Katie Walsh has visited the yards of three leading Irish trainers ahead of the 2019 Randox Health Grand National. Walsh, who attained the best-ever finishing position by a female rider in the Randox Health Grand National when third on Seabass in 2012, dropped in on Gordon Elliott’s yard in Country Meath and caught up…

Kirby stars on course for next week’s Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Yorkshire trainer Philip Kirby is readying stable stars Blaklion and Lady Buttons for next week’s Randox Health Grand National Festival, which takes place from Thursday, April 4, to Saturday, April 6. Blaklion is set to make his debut for the yard in the feature £1-million Randox Health Grand National, the world’s greatest and richest chase, on the final day of the meeting, Randox Health Grand National Day, while Lady Buttons will revert to fences for the £90,000 G3 Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase over…

Matterhorn chasing sixth straight win in Saturday’s Matchbook Magnolia Stakes at Kempton Park

An excellent field of 10 has assembled for the £45,000 Listed Matchbook Magnolia Stakes (2.05pm) over 10 furlongs, the highlight of a seven-race Polytrack card at Kempton Park this Saturday, March 30.   Matterhorn (Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning) is the joint winning-most horse during the 2018/19 All-Weather Championships, with six victories alongside Executive Force, and the highest-rated runner in the line-up with a mark of 112 despite having not contested a Stakes race. The four-year-old has won his last five starts in handicaps and posted a deeply…

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