Jonjo O’Neill wants More Of That Grand National success

More Of That

JONJO O’Neill had a wretched record as a jockey in the Grand National. He never completed the course and the Canal Turn second time round was the furthest he got. Jonjo was particularly unlucky in 1979 when Alverton, who had won the Cheltenham Gold Cup a few weeks earlier, fell fatally at Becher’s Brook when …[Read More]

Minella Rocco and other 2017 Grand National clues

Minella Rocco

THIS fallow period between Cheltenham and Aintree always feels like being in no man’s land. The dreams of so many were dashed at Prestbury Park but the 2017 Grand National meeting always offers a chance of redemption and compensation for the vanquished. The Aintree Festival starts on April 6, or two weeks on Thursday. For …[Read More]

Saint Are to tackle Grand National again

by AMELIA ROSE SAINT Are, who finished second to Many Clouds in the 2015 Randox Health Grand National, is all set for his fourth attempt at the world’s greatest race at Aintree on April 8. Run over four miles, two furlongs and 74 yards and 30 fences, the famous chase offers total prize money of …[Read More]

2016 Crabbie’s Grand National

IN 1987, I made my first trip to Aintree on Grand National day. It was jam-packed, as you would expect, and the atmosphere was boisterous but it was a wonderful place to be for a racing-mad teenager. That year is memorable for a few reasons (apart from Everton winning the league): the tragedy of Dark …[Read More]

Early insight into Grand National 2016

by RAY HOBBS WITH the Grand National approaching, the biggest race of the year is almost upon us. The weights for the race were announced earlier this week and the race has again attracted the best horses and jockeys to compete for the biggest equine prize in Europe. This steeplechase is watched by millions and …[Read More]

Crabbie’s Grand National clues in Becher

Picture: Liverpool Echo I FANCIED Highland Lodge in the Becher Chase, so much so that I put him in my usual Saturday “life-changing” multiple bet. His 20/1 success was the only winner of the six, so life hasn’t changed… although the dream still lives on. The Becher Chase was a cracking spectacle and informative in …[Read More]

Many Clouds: A National treasure

AND there it was. One of the finest specimens of a National Hunt horse that you’ll ever see galloping to success in the world’s greatest race. I have adored Many Clouds since he glided to victory at Wetherby on his bumper debut a few years ago. It was obvious then he had an engine. But, …[Read More]

Godsmejudge looks divine in Crabbie’s Grand National

CARLINGFORD Lough and Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere have been jointly-allotted top-weight of 11st 10lb for the £1million Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on April 11. The weights were unveiled at noon today at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. The Grand National is the only handicap in which the British Horseracing …[Read More]

Five 12-year-olds who won the Grand National

BY JAMES HARRISON The Grand National has been something of a preserve for horses heading towards the veteran stage of their careers in recent years. The last three winners of the Aintree showpiece – Neptune Collonges, Auroras Encore and Pineau De Re – have all been aged 11. And the two winners before that were …[Read More]

2014 Crabbie’s Grand National: Balthazar King to reign

THERE are 73 entries in the 2014 Crabbie’s Grand National and I’ve whittled my short-list down to, erm, 72. And that’s because Goulanes definitely doesn’t run! The harsh fact is that the Grand National is an easier race to win these days and, thus, an even harder race to find the winner. I’m convinced that …[Read More]