Author: Karen Sargeant

Aintree Grand National Ladies Day 2016

Grand National Ladies Day 2016: The Crabbie’s Grand National Festival commences with Grand Opening Day, a spectacular of Grade One racing, which attracts a crowd keen to enjoy one of the world’s best horseracing Festivals. The final day is a national treasure, Grand National Day where, for nine minutes, the nation stops and is enthralled by the unfolding drama of the most famous chase in the world. In the middle of this world-renowned Festival is the stylish and glamourous Ladies Day, first officially established at Aintree Racecourse in the early 2000s. Racegoers will have the opportunity to compete in...

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Aintree 2016: New Grand National start time and new distance

New Grand National start time: The start time of the Crabbie’s Grand National will move one hour from 4.15pm to the new scheduled off time of 5.15pm on Saturday 9th April 2016. In collaboration with Channel 4, Aintree’s terrestrial broadcast partner in Britain, this bold move provides an opportunity for more racing fans to watch and listen to the greatest chase in the world, live on Channel 4 and other media outlets. It is a great opportunity for British Racing to reach the maximum possible audience and to provide even more people with the chance to view the ‘People’s...

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2016: Anatomy of a Grand National fence

Anatomy of a Grand National fence: The fences on the Grand National course are almost as legendary as the horses and riders who have triumphed over them. Many are individually named and contain unique features such as a drop on landing, or being positioned on a sharp turn. The rest of the fences, though still daunting, are more uniform, and are known by their numbers. The fences are constructed with a firm ‘core’, which is then ‘dressed’ with a loose topping, and that is overlaid with a rail and a toe board to make the base of the jump...

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2016: Grand National Grand Opening Day

Grand National Grand Opening Day gets the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival off to a terrific start on Thursday 7th April, with four Grade One races providing racegoers with a feast of top-class horseracing action. Each day has one race over the Grand National Course, with the six other contests per day taking place on the separate Mildmay Course, which consists of ordinary fences, and the Hurdle and Flat Courses. The Crabbie’s Fox Hunters’ Chase over the Grand National fences is the major race at the Festival for amateur riders who get their chance to shine on Grand Opening Day....

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2016: Grand National horse welfare and successful modifications

Modifications to the Grand National course have been made in recent years, which culminated in 2013 with plastic frames being introduced into most of the famous fences and the start being moved forward by about 90 yards, to bring the horses closer to the first fence. Both measures have been very successful. Probably for the first time ever in the Grand National’s history, the 2013 renewal saw all 40 runners and riders navigate the first seven fences, including Becher’s Brook, successfully, with the first incidents coming at the eighth, the Canal Turn, where Big Fella Thanks, The Rainbow Hunter...

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