Trustan Times worth 2017 Scottish National punt

2017 Scottish National

IT’S National season. One For Arthur plundered the Grand National at Aintree, Our Duke sauntered to success in the Irish version and now Scotland is about to have its place in the sun. The 2017 Scottish National market is dominated, not unusually, by novice chasers. Premier Bond is the ante-post favourite following Monday’s latest entry …[Read More]

Highland Lodge the value in 2017 Grand National

Highland Lodge 2017 Grand National

Pic: Liverpool Echo IT would be truly fitting, 40 years after one of sport’s most seminal moments, if a small northern yard was to triumph in Saturday’s 2017 Grand National. When Red Rum careered away from Churchtown Boy on Aintree’s punishing run-in, it sparked scenes of tumult that have rarely been witnessed since in racing, …[Read More]

Ziga Boy in Grand National bid

Ziga Boy

ALAN King’s Ziga Boy has been confirmed a definite runner in the £1million Randox Health Grand National. He will bid to become only the fourth ever grey winner of the world’s greatest steeplechase. The eight-year-old made history earlier this season when becoming the first horse to win back-to-back renewals of the Sky Bet Chase at …[Read More]

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]