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No Blame Apportioned for Grand National Deaths 01/05/12
Following the running of the 2012 John Smith’s Grand National, the BHA announced its intention to examine the circumstances that led to two horses, Synchronised and According To Pete, being put down.

Neptune Collonges Lands National Thriller 14/04/12
Neptune Collonges gave champion trainer Paul Nicholls his first John Smith's Grand National success when getting up on the line to beat Sunnyhillboy in a thrilling race at Aintree.

How They Ran - Jockeys’ Thoughts
14/04/12
Richie McLernon who rode runner up Sunnyhillboy, said: “He really travelled well for me and I wasn’t sure whether I had won or not. He didn’t desreve to be beaten because he ran a fantastic race for me but that how it goes.”

Oscar Whisky Doubles Up in Aintree Hurdle 14/04/12
Dai Walters’ Oscar Whisky fought hard to see off Thousand Stars and Champion Hurdle winner Rock On Ruby to land his second consecutive victory in the John Smith’s Aintree Hurdle.

Sprinter Sacre Trounces Maghull Rivals 14/04/12
The outstanding Sprinter Sacre justified 1/7 favouritism to win the Grade One John Smith’s Maghull Novices’ Chase with great ease.

Simonsig So Impressive in Mersey Hurdle 14/04/12
Nicky Henderson’s abundance of riches bears few of greater potential than his six-year-old grey Simonsig, who races in the colours of Ronnie Bartlett, the Scottish potato merchant.

Lovcen Stays On for Sefton Glory 13/04/11
The previously unbeaten Fingal Bay had to make do with the runner-up spot behind Lovcen in a thrilling finish to the John Smith's Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree.

Always Waining Lands Topham Treble 13/04/12
Always Waining remarkably won the John Smith's Topham Chase over the big Grand National fences for the third year in succession for trainer Peter Bowen.

Finian's Rainbow Sparkles in Melling Chase 13/04/12
Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Finian's Rainbow had no trouble stepping up in distance in the John Smith's Melling Chase at Aintree.

Silviniaco Conti Eases to Mildmay Victory 13/04/12
Silviniaco Conti ran out a most impressive winner of the John Smith's Mildmay Novices' Chase at Aintree to put one on the board for Paul Nicholls in his bid to retain the jump trainers' championship.

Darlan Top of the Novices for Henderson 13/04/12
Supreme Novices' Hurdle runner-up Darlan went one place better under Tony McCoy in the Tangle Teezer Top Novices' Hurdle at Aintree.

Follow The Plan Springs Bowl Surprise 12/04/12
As a 50/1 shot, Follow The Plan surprised most racegoers when he went two better than his third place in last year’s Betfred Bowl.

Cloudy Lane Takes Hunters Title 12/04/12
The McCain family’s wonderful Aintree record was further embellished today when Cloudy Lane won the John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase.

Big Buck's Secures Record 17th Win in Liverpool Hurdle 12/04/12
Big Buck's created history in the BGC Partners Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree by winning his 17th successive race, breaking the modern-day jumps total of Sir Ken.

Grumeti Douses Countryside Flame in Matalan 12/04/12
Already a Grade Two winner over hurdles, race 11/4 favourite Grumeti recorded his first top-level win in style to outbattle Countrywide Flame, to whom he finished third in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Mullins Relies on Three for Grand National Success 12/04/12
Champion Irish jumps trainer Willie Mullins has three possible contenders for the race he won seven years ago with the gallant Hedgehunter.

Aintree Grand National Trends 10/04/12
It’s always a fiercely competitive cavalry charge, you need plenty of luck to win it but there are plenty of key trends that can narrow the field down.

Grand National Going Changed on Friday 13/04/12
The official going ahead of day one of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting has changed before racing today.

Viking Blond Team Need Rain for their Charge 29/03/12
Nigel Twiston-Davies has had a relatively quiet time of things over the last few months with many of his better horses needing give in the ground to show their best form, something that has been in woefully short supply due to the abnormally dry winter.

Synchronised On Target for Grand National Run 21/03/12
Trainer Jonjo O’Neill yesterday reported that Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised could take his chance in the £975,000 John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 14.

Synchronised Team Ponder Grand National Assault 19/03/12 Synchronised, the horse bred to win a Derby who won a pulsating Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup in the bravest possible fashion, could bid for a unique double and attempt to life the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree on April 14.

The Package Runs Solid Grand National Trial17/03/12
The David Pipe-trained The Package did his John Smith's Grand National prospects no harm at all when putting up a rock solid performance at the Cheltenham Festival.

Niche Market out of Grand National 07/03/12
Trainer Paul Nicholls has ruled Niche Market out of next month's John Smith's Grand National.

Junior Boosts National Claims in Grimthorpe 03/03/12
Junior reinforced David Pipe's belief in his John Smith's Grand National chances, despite having to settle for second place behind Ikorodu Road on his return to fences at Doncaster.

Dartnall Hoping Giles Cross Gets his Ground at Aintree 29/02/12
Giles Cross features among 77 horses going forward for the £975,000 contest following the first scratchings deadline on February 28, details of which are announced today.

Roulez Cool on Course for Aintree; Nina Carberry to Ride Organisedconfusion 24/02/12
Robert Waley-Cohen is pleased with his John Smith’s Grand National hope Roulez Cool’s preparation for the 2012 renewal of the world’s most famous chase, which takes place over four and a half miles and 30 fences at Aintree on Saturday, April 14.

Synchronised Heads Grand National Weights 14/02/12
Outstanding Grade One Lexus Chase winner Synchronised, owned by J P McManus and trained by Jonjo O'Neill, has been allotted top-weight of 11st 10lb for this year's John Smith's Grand National, which takes place over four and a half miles and 30 fences at Aintree on Saturday, April 14.

According To Pete On Course for John Smith's Grand National 09/02/12
Trainer Malcolm Jefferson is hoping that According To Pete can continue his excellent recent form in this year’s £975,000 John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 14.

Becauseicouldntesee On Course for Biggest Test 01/02/12
Many of the best chasers in training are among the entries announced today for the 2012 running of the world’s most famous Jump race, the John Smith’s Grand National.

State of Play Lines Up for Another National Shot 27/01/12
State Of Play has run just four times in the last three years and three of those runs have all come in the Grand National.

Oscar Time Ruled Out for Season 25/01/12
Last season’s Grand National runner-up Oscar Time will not feature again this season after failing to recover sufficiently from a troubling leg injury.

National Run Possible for Tatenen 24/01/12
Tatenen could turn out to be a Grand National contender after repeating his victory of 12 months ago in the valuable BetVictor.com Handicap Chase at Ascot on Saturday.

According To Pete Prevails in Peter Marsh Slog 21/01/12
According To Pete could be bound for the John Smith's Grand National after grinding out victory in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock.

Williams Trio Have Aintree Agenda 17/01/12
Vale of Glamorgan trainer Evan Williams is looking forward to the publication of the weights next month as he plans a three-pronged challenge for the Aintree Grand National with with Cappa Bleu, Deep Purple and State Of Play.

Neptune Equester Aiming for Aintree 11/01/12
Brian Ellison’s Grand National hope Neptune Equester is one of 17 entered for the Betfred Classic Chase at Warwick on Saturday.

Grand National Return On the Cards for Mon Mome 06/01/12
Trainer Venetia Williams has stated that 2009 hero Mon Mome will once again be targeted at the Aintree marathon following his excellent run in defeat at Cheltenham on New Year's Day.

West End Rocker Rocks Up in Becher Chase 03/12/11
West End Rocker made it second-time lucky over the famous Grand National fences with a determined performance in the Betfred Becher Chase at Aintree.

Stormin Exit Aiming to Enhance Goldie's Record in Grand Sefton
17/11/11
Jim Goldie is set to bid for a third victory in the £50,000 Betfred Grand Sefton Handicap Chase with talented chaser Stormin Exit on course for the extended 2m5f contest at Aintree on Betfred Becher Chase Grand National Trials Day.

2012 Grand National Odds, Trends and Statistics 14/11/11
With the 2011/12 National Hunt season beginning to hit full stride we thought it was time to take a look at next April's Grand National to see if there is any ante-post value to be had with our leading bookmakers.

BHA Publishes Results of Grand National Safety Review 02/11/11
The Review has led to the publication of 30 recommendations designed to continue enhancing the safety and welfare of the Grand National and on the Grand National course, while, crucially, retaining the race’s unique and challenging character.

A Tribute to Ginger McCain 20/09/11
Donald "Ginger" McCain (21 September 1930 – 19 September 2011) was one person you thought could live forever. Although gone from us now, his spirit, quick wit and legacy remain.

Beshabar Campaign Geared Around Grand National Bid 24/08/11
Tim Vaughan’s Scottish Grand National winner Beshabar will be trained with only one race in mind this season with the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree in April being absolutely top of the agenda for his up-and-coming trainer.

Changes to the Grand National Course to Enhance Safety 15/08/11
Aintree Racecourse and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) today announced the interim findings of their review into the 2011 John Smith’s Grand National meeting.

Comply Or Die Earns Honourable Retirement 21/04/11
David Pipe has announced that his 2008 John Smith’s Grand National winner Comply Or Die has been retired after being pulled up in this year’s renewal of the Aintree marathon

National Glory for McCain and Ballabriggs 09/04/11
Ballabriggs was an emotional winner of the John Smith's Grand National for Donald McCain, son of Aintree legend Ginger McCain, the trainer of Red Rum.

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