Author: Sarah Elsley

Monet’s Garden in bloom for Retraining of Racehorses Parade at Aintree

Monet’s Garden (pictured), the 19-year-old Aintree favourite and 2016 winner of Retraining of Racehorses’ (RoR) Horse of the Year, heads the line-up for the RoR Parade at the Randox Health Grand National Festival. The parade also features fellow Grade One winners Denman, Cinders And Ashes and Peddlers Cross, as well as the popular and now reformed character, Mad Moose. The RoR Parade, generously sponsored by the Peter O’Sullevan Trust, has a new slot this year, taking place before racing on the second day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, Ladies Day, Friday 7th April at around 12.40pm in...

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Newbury Racecourse scoops top industry accolade for customer service for second consecutive year

Newbury Racecourse has repeated its success of last year by once again becoming the recipient of a top industry award for staff customer service. The RCA Excellence Accolades, awarded jointly by the Racecourse Association and VisitEngland, aim to reward those who achieve exceptionally high marks in specific areas of their assessment for the Quality Assured Racecourse Scheme. There are six categories in total covering all aspects of the racecourse experience including food and drink outlets, toilets and signage. Newbury was the only racecourse in the UK to receive the RCA Excellence Accolade for staff customer service last year and...

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Grand National 2017: Mullins duo head weights for Randox Health Topham Chase

Ballycasey (11st 12lb) and Alelchi Inois (11st 9lb) head the weights for the £120,000 G3 Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase (4.05pm) on Ladies’ Day, Friday 7th April, at Aintree’s Randox Health Grand National. They are trained by Ireland’s champion Jump trainer Willie Mullins, who saddled Its Time For A Win to victory in the 2 mile, five furlong handicap chase over the Grand National fences in 2002. The seven Mullins’ contenders in the Randox Health Topham Handicap Chase also feature valuable Leopardstown handicap chase runner-up The Crafty Butcher (10st 4lb) and G2 JT McNamara National Hunt Chase third Haymount (10st 13lb). Both Alelchi Inois and The Crafty...

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Grand National 2017: “All systems go” for The Young Master ahead of the Randox Health Grand National

The Young Master (Neil Mulholland) is all set for the £1-million Randox Health Grand National, staged at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday 8th April, 2017. The Randox Health Grand National, which has 78 entries going forward, is run over 4 miles, two furlongs and 74 yards and 30 fences. The maximum permitted field is 40. The Young Master enjoyed the finest moment of his career so far when the short-head winner of the valuable G3 bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown Park in April, 2016. The eight-year-old was last seen out when a staying-on sixth, beaten 21 lengths, in the G3 Ultima...

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Grand National 2017: Top 40 Runners

DECLARED RUNNERS: THE GRAND NATIONAL AT AINTREE RACECOURSE IS A GRADE THREE HANDICAP CHASE, WITH A £1,000,000 TOTAL PRIZE FUND. The race will start at 5.15pm on Saturday 8th April, 2017. It is four miles, two and a half furlongs (4m 2f 74yds) long. This table will be regularly updated. Number Horse Age Weight Trainer Jockey 1 Vieux Lion Rouge 8 10-11 D. Pipe T. Scudamore 2 Definitely Red 8 10-11 B. Ellison D. Cook 3 One for Arthur 8 10-10 L. Russell D. Fox 4 Cause of Causes 9 10-12 G. Elliott 5 The Last Samuri 9 11-09 K....

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