Jockeys for Abbeybraney and Royal Rosa 08/04/10
Howard Johnson will give rising conditional Ryan Mania his first ride in the John Smith’s Grand National if both the stable entries - Abbeybraney and Royal Rosa - get in the race, the trainer stated on Wednesday morning.
Soft Ground Form and Proven Stamina Likely to be Key for the 2010 Grand National 08/04/10
The Grand National 2010 looks as though it will be run on testing ground meaning there will be more of an emphasis on stamina than in previous years. You will need a horse that not only handles soft ground but also a horse that stays every yard of the four and a half mile trip.
Outsiders Keen to Win the Grand National 07/04/10
Paul Murphy has revealed that he will withdraw Mr Pointment, who has a guaranteed place in the 2010 Grand National, in order to give his second horse, Cerium, who was fifth in last year’s event, a slot in the Aintree race on Saturday, April 10.
New Character Owners Hoping that History Repeats Itself 05/04/10
John Quinn's Character Building, among the leading contenders for Saturday's John Smith's Grand National at Aintree, has been sold to David and Patricia Thompson, owners of the Cheveley Park Stud.
Twiston-Davies Highlights Raptor National Chance 02/04/10
Trainer of the moment Nigel Twiston-Davies still has seven of the 75 entries for the John Smith's Grand National but seems to be inclined to favour last year's Topham Chase hero Irish Raptor as his most likely winner from the septet.
Tizzard Stalwart is a Lively Grand National Contender 02/04/10
Dorset trainer Colin Tizzard is eager to unleash Joe Lively over the four and a half miles of the £925,000 John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 10.
Jimmy Mangan Pair on Course for Grand National 01/04/10
Trainer Jimmy Mangan is hoping to be doubly represented in this year’s Grand National, although the Co Cork handler is sweating over whether Whinstone Boy will make the final line up alongside stable companion Conna Castle.
Taipan Team Look for Rain Ahead of Grand National Decision 31/03/10
Tom Mullins is waiting to see whether enough rain will fall at Aintree Racecourse before committing his Grade Three John Smith’s Grand National hope Made In Taipan (50/1 with totesport) to the £925,000 four and half-mile showpiece on Saturday, April 10.
Twiston-Davies Bids for National Win Number Three 24/03/10
Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies believes he has several live chances of becoming the first handler for 34 years to win the John Smith’s Grand National and totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup in the same season.
John Smith's Grand National Legends Announced 23/03/10
John Smith’s and Aintree have today announced eight racing greats to be inducted into the inaugural John Smith’s Grand National Legends.
Mon Mome’s National Warm-Up
“That’s not a bad prep race for the National,” said Venetia Williams, after 50/1 shot Mon Mome, scooted up the Cheltenham hill to snatch third place in the totesport Gold Cup, taking Carruthers on the line.
Newbury 'Also-Rans' Hoping for Better Luck at Aintree 09/03/10
Connections of Can't Buy Time and Our Vic, who finished sixth and eighth respectively behind the impressive Big Fella Thanks in Newbury's Greatwood Gold Cup, will likely have mixed feelings about their horse's performances.
Seven to Prove the Doubters Wrong
Many good judges have commented that David Pipe's Seven Is My Number is a doubtful stayer for the Aintree Grand National, and they might well be right.
Aintree Leads Campaign for Liverpool Bank Holiday 22/02/10
A campaign was launched today to give Liverpool its own official bank holiday.
Smith Savaged by Mouse that Roared 17/02/10
Framing the weights for the John Smith's Grand National is a tough task at the best of times and BHA Senior jumps handicapper Phil Smith almost certainly knows he can't please all the people all the time.
Tricky Trickster Early Market Leader
AP McCoy is 16-1 with Paddy Power to ride the winner at this year’s John Smith’s Grand National. The legendary jockey is yet to win in 14 attempts and will be looking to land one of the few honours to elude him with a victory in 2010.
Public Asked to Vote for John Smith's Grand National Legends
John Smith’s and Aintree have today announced their shortlist of 10 ‘Legends’ aiming to be inducted into the inaugural John Smith’s Grand National Legends.
John Smith’s Grand National Attracts 112 High-Class Entries 04/02/10
Evan Williams is keeping State Of Play’s powder dry ahead of the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree on April 10, with the trainer happy to send last year’s fourth to the world’s most famous steeplechase without another run.
Francis Still Remembered for Extraordinary Devon Loch Loss
The passing of Dick Francis at the age of 89 this weekend brings to an end a life that saw the mild mannered Royal jockey and best-selling author achieve tremendous success in two very different fields
Longsdon to Give Creek a Grand National Entry
Entries for the John Smith’s Grand National close at noon on Tuesday, February 2, and trainer Charlie Longsdon is hoping to chase the dream of a first triumph in the world’s greatest steeplechase with Palypso De Creek.
Mon Mome Unfazed by Snow and Runs on Saturday 20/01/10
Mon Mome remains on target for Aintree on Saturday, April 10, when he will attempt to become the first horse since Red Rum (1973 & 1974) to win back-to-back renewals of the John Smith’s Grand National.
Snowy Has Mullins Eyeing Warmer Climes
Could it possibly be third time lucky for Willie Mullins' talented Snowy Morning? After running a cracker to chase home stable companion Scotsirish at Fairyhouse, there will be many thinking the ten-year-old has a major chance in the Grand National in April.
John Smith’s Grand National Receives £25,000 Prize Boost 24/12/09
A record prize fund of £925,000 will be offered for the 2010 John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 10.
Grand National Hero to Revert to Timber
The 2009 Aintree Grand National winner Mon Mome, looks set to continue his build-up to defending his title in April by taking the unorthodox route of running over hurdles this weekend in the Grade 2 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Vic New 16/1 Favourite for Grand National After Becher Chase Success 22/11/09
Vic Venturi is the new 16/1 favourite with totesport for the John Smith’s Grand National after giving trainer Dessie Hughes a second successive victory in the totesport.com Becher Chase in the hands of Paddy Flood.
John Smith's Extends Sponsorship of Grand National Until 2013 24/10/09
Scottish & Newcastle, the UK’s leading brewer has announced plans to renew its partnership with Aintree Racecourse to sponsor the John Smith’s Grand National for a further three years, when the current agreement expires in 2010.
Mon Mome Springs 100-1 National Shock 04/04/09
Mon Mome stayed on powerfully in the hands of Liam Treadwell to spring a 100-1 shock in the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree.
Reaction from John Smith’s Grand National 04/04/09
The Venetia Williams-trained Mon Mome became the fifth horse to win the John Smith’s Grand National at odds of 100/1 - the longest starting price in the race’s 162-year history.
Twiston-Davies Aims Irish Raptor at 2010 Grand National 03/04/09
Irish Raptor put in a impressive effort to take the John Smith’s Topham Chase over the big Aintree fences by two and a quarter lengths and his trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies is hoping to return to Liverpool in 12 months’ time for the John Smith’s Grand National.