Ruby Walsh steers Hedgehunter to Grand National win
Irish raider Hedgehunter, the 7-1 favorite ridden by Ruby Walsh, romped to
a 14-length victory in the Aintree Grand National.
Forest Gunner Carries Ford to Fifth
Carrie Ford, bidding to become the first woman to win the Grand National in its
166-year history, finished a gallant fifth on Forest Gunner.
No surprises in National field
All the big guns have stood their ground
following the final 48-hour declaration stage for Saturday's John Smith's
Le Coudray tops the weights for the Aintree marathon, with
Amberleigh House, winner 12 months ago, and this year's favourite Hedgehunter,
both confirmed runners.
Aintree and Haydock Park racecourses
team up to create new jump racing festival
Kicking King and Best Mate could stage a showdown in November
after Aintree and Haydock Park Racecourses joined forces to create
a new weekend racing festival for the 2005/6 National Hunt season.
National going eases following rain
Following a couple of sharp showers on Wednesday afternoon and early
morning rain, the going for the Grand National course at Aintree has been changed
to GOOD TO SOFT - GOOD in places.
No ground concerns for Hegehunter says Mullins
John Smith's Grand National favourite Hedgehunter will travel to Aintree
in the next 24 hours with his trainer Willie Mullins satisfied about the
ground conditions at Liverpool.
Mcmanus to have six runners in The
John Smith’s Grand
Legendary Irish owner and punter J P McManus is to have six runners
in the £700,000
John Smith’s Grand National on Saturday, revealed his racing manager
Frank Berry today.
John Smith’s Grand National on BBC1 At
4.10pm on Saturday
Aintree's big race on Saturday is scheduled 25 minutes later than originally
Henderson now favours running Fondmort
Nicky Henderson has changed his mind and now favours running Fondmort
in the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.
Le Coudray new top-weight in Grand National
are 85 horses going forward after today’s (Monday,
April 4) five-day stage for the £700,000 John Smith’s Grand
National at Aintree on Saturday.
Carrie Ford & Forest Gunner may
be Grand National favourites
Carrie Ford's mount Forest Gunner could go off as the favourite for Saturday's
John Smith's Grand National.
Alner rules out National for Sir Rembrandt
Trainer Robert Alner today revealed that Sir Rembrandt, second and third respectively
in the 2004 and 2005 totesport Cheltenham Gold Cups, will miss the John Smith's
New Grand National Trophy Unveiled
As new sponsors of the Grand National, John Smith's was invited to create a new
perpetual trophy for the event.
Looking Good for Style Contest Day 17/03/05
The Looking Good Style Contest is back on Ladies’ Day at
the 2005 John Smith’s Grand National meeting (Friday 8th April).
Once again, the most stylish racegoer at Aintree on Ladies’ Day will
drive home a fantastic Jaguar worth over £20,000.
Happy House Connections 05/03/05
Connections of Amberleigh House were more than satisfied with his performance
in the totescoop6 Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster on Saturday 5th March as he continued
his build-up towards the John Smith's Grand National.
Farmer Jack Delivers Post 26/02/05
Richard Johnson rose to the occasion for the fourth time in six years
as he gave 5-1 chance Farmer Jack a fine ride to defy top weight
in the £100,000 Racing
Post Chase at Kempton Park today.
Trainers Shutts, George And Mitchell Targeting John Smith's
Grand National 15/02/2005
The 2005 John Smith's Grand National weights were announced last Tuesday and
Nick Shutts, Tom George and Ned Mitchell reveal today that they hope to have
runners in the greatest jump race in the world which is staged at Aintree on
Saturday, April 9.
Grey Abbey heads the weights on 11st 12lb
A record total of 92 horses
are on 10st or above in the weights for the John Smith's Grand National
at Aintree on April 9.
Grey Abbey could be aimed at National
Grey Abbey is not yet certain to return to Cheltenham for the Gold
Cup in March. Winning trainer Howard Johnson may decide to enter the Pillar
Property Chase winner in the Grand National at Aintree instead.
Silver Birch lands Coral Welsh National
Silver Birch jumped his way to Grand National favouritism after
landing a massive nationwide gamble in the Coral-sponsored Welsh version
at a packed Chepstow today. He is now a top-priced 16-1 for the John
Smith's-sponsored Aintree showpiece after completing rider, Ruby Walsh's
full set of Nationals
on a memorable
day for the jockey and trainer Paul Nicholls.
Clan Royal is Grand National favourite
runner-up Clan Royal finished out of the places on his return to action
at Bangor yesterday, but did his Aintree prospects no harm in the process.
Hedgehunter takes step towards Aintree
did his John Smith's Grand National prospects no harm at all when running
an encouraging second over hurdles at Thurles.
Carter planning National
Oliver Carter is planning
a crack at the John Smith's Grand National with Venn Ottery next April.
McCain dreaming of another House party
legend Ginger McCain is confident age will prove no barrier to success when
Amberleigh House bids to become only the third 'teenager' in history to win
the world's most famous jumps race next April.
2005 John Smith's Grand National to be worth £700,000
Racecourse announced today that the prize fund for the John Smith's Grand
National, to be run on Saturday 9th April 2005, will be £700,000
(over 1,000,000 (Euros)), an increase of £100,000 (16.6%) from
the 2004 race.
John Smith's to sponsor the Grand National
Racecourse announced today that the
UK's number 1 selling ale, John Smith's, is to sponsor the
Grand National meeting in a new three-year multi-million pound title
sponsorship agreement. The very first John Smith's Grand
National meeting will take place on Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th
National glory for Amberleigh
Amberleigh House recorded
a famous victory in the £600,000 Martell
Cognac Grand National at Aintree. Trained by Ginger McCain, the man responsible
for Red Rum in the 1970s, Amberleigh House grimly stayed on up the run-in
to catch Clan Royal. Lord Atterbury was third, with last year's hero Monty's
Pass in fourth. Third last year, Amberleigh House (16-1) was given a perfect
ride by Graham Lee as he come home in one of the most exciting finishes
Lee: Plan worked like a dream
Victorious jockey Graham Lee revealed that he had been determined to conserve
Amberleigh House's Grand National challenge until as late as possible. The
plan worked like a charm as Amberleigh House edged past a fast-fading Clan
Royal down the final straight to win by three lengths.
McCain rolls back the years
Trainer Ginger McCain admitted a fourth Grand National success has been a long
time coming after Amberleigh House claimed the Aintree honours 27 years after
Red Rum's famous win.