John Smith's Grand National - 14th April 2007 

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Silver Birch wins Grand National 14/04/07
Irish raider Silver Birch caused a minor surprise as he claimed the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree.

Grand National Shakedown & Jockey Quotes 14/04/07
McKelevey came within three-quarters of a length of providing the first Welsh-trained winner of the John Smith’s Grand National since Kirkland in 1905 and trainer Peter Bowen was left wondering what might have been.

Aintree To Stage Replacement Race 22/04/07
Aintree Racecourse, which had to abandon the last race on Grand National day, will stage a replacement worth £30,000 at its evening fixture on Friday, May 18.

John SmithsJoes Edge makes it into final 40 12/04/07
All of the leading contenders for Saturday’s John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree remained in at today’s final declaration stage, with a maximum field of 40 horses plus reserves going forward.

Doumen "Optimistic" about Kelami 13/04/07
Francois Doumen believes that official assessor Phil Smith has got his figures wrong in rating L'Ami 10lb superior to stablemate Kelami and recommends punters have an each-way interest in John Halewood's horse for Saturday's John Smith's Grand National.

Mullins Does U-Turn with Homer Wells 11/04/07
Willie Mullins will be four-handed in Saturday's John Smith's Grand National at Aintree, having decided to run Homer Wells after all.

Point Barrow in Good Form 11/04/07
Pat Hughes, who trains Point Barrow, the ante-post second favourite with Betfair for Saturday's John Smith's Grand National, confessed that he will be disappointed if his stable star does not finish in the money at Aintree.

Trainers Talk about John Smith’s Grand National Hopes 11/04/07
Welsh trainer Peter Bowen is hoping to have three runners in Saturday’s £700,000 John Smith’s Grand National - Ballycassidy, McKelvey and Dunbrody Millar.

Great Grand National Supporting Programme 10/04/07
The John Smith's Grand National takes pride of place on Saturday at Aintree, but there are also six other excellent races.

Great Entries for the First Two Days of The John Smith’s Grand National Meeting 08/04/07
Entries for the first two days of the John Smith’s Grand National meeting, Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13 (Ladies’ Day), at Aintree have been made, and they could not be better.

Tom Taaffe hoping for more for Slim Pickings 05/04/07
Co Kildare handler Tom Taaffe has revealed that Slim Pickings will become his first ever runner in the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree in nine days time.

Simon Heads Spearing National Assault 04/04/07
John Spearing is pleased with the progress of stable star Simon ahead of a tilt at the £700,000 Grade Three John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 14.

Aintree Next For Katchit 03/04/07
Trainer Alan King revealed today that JCB Triumph Hurdle hero Katchit is primed to follow-up in the season’s most valuable juvenile hurdle, the £130,000 Grade One John Smith’s Anniversary 4-Y-O Novices’ Hurdle (3.10pm) at Aintree on Thursday, April 12.

Aintree Agenda For Star Nicky Richards Duo 03/04/07
Trainer Nicky Richards could bid for a big race double with stable stars Turpin Green and Monet’s Garden at the three-day John Smith’s Grand National meeting.

Aintree Previews New Facilities 28/03/07
Aintree Racecourse offered guests an opportunity to preview its new Grandstand facilities ahead of the 2007 John Smith’s Grand National meeting.

Paul Nicholls Dominates John Smith’s Topham Chase 27/03/07
Champion trainer Paul Nicholls is responsible for five of the eight top-weighted horses for the 2007 John Smith’s Topham Chase, run over two miles, five and a half furlongs of the Grand National course at Aintree on Friday, April 13.

Leopardstown Winner Gets 20-1 National Quote 14/01/07
Coral has trimmed Point Barrow to 20-1 (from 25-1) for the John Smith’s Grand National following the nine-year-old's success at Leopardstown this afternoon.

Eurotrek Marches To Victory in Becher Chase 19/11/06
Eurotrek survived a mistake at the second last and almost going off the course by bearing left under winning rider Liam Heard at the Elbow to spring a surprise 25-1 success in the £100,000 Becher Handicap Chase.

John Smith's Extends National Sponsorship Until 2010
It was announced today that Scottish & Newcastle (owner of John Smith's) has extended its current agreement to sponsor the world's greatest steeple chase until 2010.

Aintree and John Smith's to Sponsor Grand National Winning Jockey
Aintree Racecourse and John Smith's have teamed up with Grand National winning jockey, Niall Madden, to deliver an innovative new sponsorship and further develop their links in the racing industry with the John Smith's Grand National meeting.

Numbersixvalverde Upsets Favorites to Win
Numbersixvalverde, an 11-1 shot ridden by Niall Madden, upset joint favorites Hedgehunter and Clan Royal to win the 159th Grand National horse race, the U.K.'s biggest betting event.

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Grand National Winners 1839 -
On Tuesday February 26, 1839, Lottery became the first winner of The Grand National. In those days the field had to jump a stone wall (now the water jump), cross a stretch of plough land and finish over two hurdles.
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Aintree redevelopment plans
Aintree have announced major plans for a £30 million redevelopment which will include new grandstands, a parade ring and winner's enclosure for the home of the Grand National. The project will be completed in two phases and the whole job is expected to be finished in time for the 2007 National fixture.
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