John Smith's Grand National - 6th April 2013 

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Auroras Encore winner of the
2013 Grand National
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Auroras Encore

Auroras Encore Wins Grand National

1 Auroras Encore 66/1
2 Cappa Bleu 12/1
3 Teaforthree 10/1
4 Oscar Time 66/1
5 Rare Bob 16/1

Auroras Encore won a thrilling renewal of the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree this afternoon. [more]

Grand National Field Set and Raring to Go 05/04/13
On His Own is the 7/1 favourite with Betfred – Aintree’s official betting partner – after a maximum field of 40 was declared for Saturday’s John Smith’s Grand National.

Henderson Hoping Gold Can Bring Back National Crown 04/04/13
Nicky Henderson looks very much as though he is on his way to finally wrestling the National Hunt trainers’ championship away from Paul Nicholls, and a win for his lively outsider Roberto Goldback in Saturday’s feature John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree would just about seal the deal.

Solwhit Scintillating in Liverpool Hurdle 06/04/13
World Hurdle hero Solwhit turned in another superb display in the hands of Paul Carberry to claim the John Smith's Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree.

Special Tiara Takes Maghull Novices' Chase 06/04/13
Bryan Cooper's great season continued as he guided Special Tiara to victory in the John Smith's Maghull Novices' Chase at Aintree.

Ubak Storms Home in Mersey Novices' Hurdle 06/04/13
Gary Moore's Ubak shed his maiden tag in some style by running out a surprise winner of the John Smith's Mersey Novices' Hurdle at Aintree.

At Fishers Cross Classy Winner of Sefton Hurdle 05/04/13
At Fishers Cross won his sixth race from as many starts this season with a brilliant performance in the John Smith's Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree, completing a double on the day for Tony McCoy and his retaining owner JP McManus after the victory of My Tent Or Yours.

Triolo D'Alene Wins Topham for Henderson 05/04/13
Triolo D'Alene held on to claim a thrilling John Smith's Topham Chase at Aintree for the red-hot combination of Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty.

Sprinter Sacre Sublime in Melling Chase 05/04/13
Sprinter Sacre put up yet another superb performance to win the John Smith's Melling Chase at Aintree.

Dynaste in Mildmay Stroll 05/04/13
Dynaste went one place better after his surprise defeat at the Cheltenham Festival with a smart display in the John Smith's Mildmay Novices' Chase at Aintree.

My Tent Or Yours Strolls Up in Top Novices' Hurdle 05/04/13
My Tent Or Yours bounced back from his Cheltenham Festival reverse with a scintillating display under Tony McCoy in the Rose Appeal Supports Alder Hey Top Novices' Hurdle at Aintree.

Tartan Snow Settles On Fox Hunters' Prize 04/04/13
Tartan Snow, a 100-1 chance, edged out Cool Friend in a thrilling finish to the John Smith's Fox Hunters' Chase at Aintree.

Zarkandar Battles to Aintree Prize 04/04/13
Zarkandar rallied bravely to deny The New One in the John Smith's Aintree Hurdle.

First Lieutenant Takes Charge of Betred Bowl
Ryanair Chase runner-up First Lieutenant (7-2) went one better with a determined performance in the Betfred Bowl Chase at Aintree.

L'Unique Claims Matalan Prize 04/04/13
L'Unique (10-1) turned the form of the Adonis Hurdle on its head by giving Alan King a fourth victory in the Matalan Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree.

Tarquinius Sold to New Owner 04/04/13
Tarquinius, a runner in the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National, has been sold to a new owner three days before the big race on Saturday.

Sue Smith Pair 'Raring to Go' in Grand National 03/04/13
Sue Smith is relishing the prospect of seeing Auroras Encore and Mr Moonshine tackle the John Smith’s Grand National fences on Saturday, April 6, and both horses are reported to be “raring to go” following their last piece of work on Tuesday.

Teaforthree Connections Hoping for Good Grand National Ground 02/04/13
Among the favourites to win the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National is Teaforthree, with the nine-year-old proving a popular betting selection in the past fortnight.

Sprinter Sacre Heads Stars on Show in Melling Chase 03/04/13
Sprinter Sacre, Cue Card and Flemenstar feature among a fascinating list of six runners for the John Smith's Melling Chase at Aintree on Friday April 5.

Cusack Hoping for Topham Success with Last Time D’Albain 31/03/13
Irish handler Liam Cusack, who was fourth on Ebony Jane in the 1994 John Smith’s Grand National, is hoping to taste success over the famous fences as a trainer with Last Time D’Albain in the £120,000 John Smith’s Topham Chase on Ladies’ Day, Friday, April 5.

Jefferson Hoping for Betfred Bowl Success with Cape Tribulation 30/03/13
There is now less than a week until the 2013 Grand National meeting gets underway and the countdown intensifies today with the unveiling of the entries and acceptors for day one of the three-day spectacular, Grand Opening Day, Thursday, April 4.

King Targets Aintree with Smad Place and Raya Star 28/03/13
Smad Place is likely to bid for a first victory at Grade One level in the £120,000 John Smith's Liverpool Hurdle over an extended three miles at Aintree on the final day of John Smith's Grand National meeting.

Late National Call for Imperial Commander 28/03/13
Imperial Commander is in rude health and raring to go, but connections are likely to wait until Tuesday before deciding whether to let him take his chance in the John Smith's Grand National on April 6.

O'Regan Gets National Ride on Big Fella Thanks 27/03/13
Trainer Tom George is hoping Big Fella Thanks can continue his excellent record over the Grand National fences at Aintree on April 6, and has snapped up Denis O'Regan for the ride.

Big Guns Lining Up for John Smith’s Melling Chase 26/03/13
Trainer Colin Tizzard is looking forward to a potential clash with Sprinter Sacre and Irish ace Flemenstar after confirming his stable star Cue Card is on course for the £200,000 Grade One John Smith’s Melling Chase.

Moonshine Bidding to Put Harvey Smith Back on Top 25/03/13
Former top show jumper, Harvey Smith, enjoyed a hugely successful and colourful career over many decades but should his wife, Sue, land the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree on April 6 with her Mr Moonshine, it could very well be the highpoint of the Smith’s sporting lives.

Grand National Horses Can Go on to Make History 21/03/13
This year, the John Smith's Grand National Event will run from Thursday 4 April through Saturday 6 April. For three brilliant days, the atmosphere at Aintree Racecourse will be nothing short of electric as the excitement and suspense grows toward the start of the Grand National race on Saturday.

Prince De Beauchene Misses Grand National Again 27/03/13
The much fancied Prince De Beauchene is to be withdrawn from the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree on April 6.

Donald McCain Hoping to be Triple-Handed in Grand National 20/03/13
Trainer Donald McCain has four entries still entered in the 2013 John Smith's Grand National and is hoping to have three runners.

Northern Irish Challenger Warne Targets John Smith's Fox Hunters' Chase 20/03/13
Cloudy Lane gave the McCain family another success over the Grand National fences in last season's John Smith's Fox Hunters' Chase and is one of 27 remaining entries for this year's renewal.

Tofino Lays Down Clear Grand National Marker 14/03/13
Connections of the Dessie Hughes-trained Tofino Bay, agonisingly caught in the last few strides of the John Oaksey National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival by the favourite, Back In Focus, are likely to let their charge take his chance just over three weeks later in the Grand National.

Bowen Targets Grand National with Always Waining 22/02/13
Aintree specialist Always Waining remains on course for a tilt at the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 6, after making his seasonal return at Doncaster on Wednesday, February 20.

On His Own Now Clear Favourite for John Smith’s Grand National 21/02/13
The Willie Mullins-trained On His Own has advanced to market leader with most firms after putting up a tremendous performance on his first run over timber for nearly two years.

John Smith's Grand Naional Opinions Of Trainers, Owners & The Handicapper at The Launch 13/02/13
The John's Smith's Grand National Launch took place in London on Tuesday, February 12, when the weights for the world's most famous chase, run at Aintree on April 6, were unveiled.

Weights for John Smith's Grand National Revealed on Tuesday, February 12 08/02/13
The countdown to this year’s John Smith’s Grand National continues on Tuesday, February 12, when the annual launch is held in London and includes the eagerly-anticipated unveiling of the weights for the world’s greatest chase.

2013 Grand National Betting Tips 06/02/13
The 166th annual running of the Grand National takes place on 6 April 2013, with the race being broadcast on Channel 4 for the first time ever after the TV station bought the rights from the BBC.

Big Guns Stand Their Ground for John Smith’s Grand National 31/01/13
All the big guns were present amongst the list of 84 horses declared for the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree on April 6, including a number of race specialists, some popular old-timers, and a smattering of exciting up-and-coming stayingchasers.

Williams Hopes Cappa Can Give Wales First Success Since 1905 31/01/13
Trainer Evan Williams, based in the Vale of Glamorgan, has confirmed Cappa Bleu is on course for a second tilt at the John Smith’s Grand National.

Could Ireland Be On Track for First Grand National Winner Since 2007? 24/01/13
The last five winners of the Grand National have been trained by British based trainers but what chance of that run coming to an end in 2013?

McCoy Proud of Teaforthree 07/01/13
Tony McCoy believes that Welsh National runner-up Teaforthree ran the perfect race in preparation for the Grand National at Aintree in April.

Big Fella Thanks Aimed at Becher Chase 28/11/12
Aintree hosts a high-quality card on Betfred Becher Chase Day, Saturday, December 8, with two races over the Grand National fences taking centre stage.

Aintree and BHA Announce Modifications to Grand National 20/09/12
Aintree Racecourse and the British Horseracing Authority today announced a package of considered changes to the John Smith’s Grand National.

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.


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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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