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]

Free bet on the Grand National with Bookmakers

by ANNIE DALE On 5 April, the Crabbie’s Grand National 2014 will be held at Aintree and to help you celebrate the event, bookmakers.co.uk has dedicated an entire webpage to the world’s most famous steeplechase. It’s to help users make sense of the free bets offered by different bookmakers, including: Ladbrokes, Bet365, Paddy Power and …[Read More]

Nicholls delighted with Tidal Bay

PAUL Nicholls was thrilled yesterday after his 2014 Crabbie’s Grand National hopes Rocky Creek and Tidal Bay impressed in a racecourse gallop at Wincanton. Sam Twiston-Davies got the leg-up on Tidal Bay with Noel Fehily partnering Rocky Creek in the two-mile half-speed workout. Nicholls said he would now keep Tidal Bay, who is 16-1 second …[Read More]

Grand National the holy grail for Henderson

HE MAY have mopped up most of National Hunt racing’s biggest prizes, but the Grand National remains the holy grail for leading trainer Nicky Henderson. He has hit the crossbar a few times: remember his first Aintree runner Zongalero coming second to Rubstic in 1979 (I do, I’m that old!) Or The Tsarevich chasing home …[Read More]

Inside track on Tidal Bay

by DAVID DONALDSON. WHEN the weights for the first £1million Grand National were published earlier this month, the ever-popular Tidal Bay received a handicap mark 7lb below his official rating. Based on the 13-year-old’s most recent runs, Tidal Bay has a good chance of success at Aintree this April and is now carrying less relative …[Read More]

2014 Crabbie’s Grand National weights unveiled

TIDAL BAY will carry top weight of 11st 10lb in the 2014 Crabbie’s Grand National on April 5 after the weights were unveiled in London. Although he will have to carry the welter burden, Paul Nicholls’ veteran has been given a solid chance by handicapper Phil Smith, especially having stayed on into second over an …[Read More]

Grand National: Zara holds key to Monbeg Dude

THE Grand National always throws up a good tale. And if Monbeg Dude manages to win on April 5 there will be plenty of angles to go at. There were emotional scenes at Cheltenham last weekend when Tom Scudamore drove Monbeg Dude, trained by his brother Michael, to victory over Theatre Guide. The eight-year-old, winner …[Read More]

Grand National or a fixed brush novice hurdle?

JOHN Francome had it right in my book. “Make the Aintree fences bigger, not smaller. It will make the jockeys and horses slow down.” Francome was derided for his contrary viewpoint back in April amid the blizzard of animal welfare support, but he had a salient point. Saturday’s Becher Chase was an underwhelming spectacle. I …[Read More]