Grand National

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 The Chair fence at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

What is it? This is the ultimate challenge in jump racing as 40 runners and riders take on Aintree’s famous 30 Grand National fences. The course is f(...)

 Derek O’Connor riding Minella Rocco to win the National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup at the 2016 Cheltenham festival. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Top-weight Minella Rocco has been declared a non-runner in the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday on account of the ground. Jonjo O’Neill’s charge(...)

Rachael Blackmore: “The minute I was told I was riding, I was thinking what that would be like to win, the same as anyone.” Photograph: Inpho

Pitch Rachael Blackmore the question about what she expects from riding in the Aintree Grand National for the first time and the reply zings back – “T(...)

Katie Walsh is unseated from Distime during the  Randox Health Foxhunters Chase. Photograph: Reuters

Katie Walsh has passed the course doctor so she can ride Wonderful Charm in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree. Walsh, third in the 2012 Nat(...)

Jockey Ger Fox celebrates winning The Irish Grand National on Rogue Angel  at Fairyhouse. Photograph: Eric Luke

Trainer Mouse Morris feels the pressure is off as he prepares to fire a twin assault on Saturday’s Aintree Grand National in a bid to win the race for(...)

Michael O’Leary:  had suggested he would not run any of his big three after disagreeing with the weight they had been allotted at Aintree. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Don Poli, Empire Of Dirt and Outlander are among the 15 horses taken out of the Randox Health Grand National at the latest forfeit stage. Owner Micha(...)

Eddie O’Leary: “What I’d call the National now is a pre-Brexit, post-Brexit handicap. Don Poli is doubtful while Outlander is ruled out. Empire Of Dirt won’t go.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Britain’s senior handicapper has offered a robust defence of the Aintree Grand National weights he published on Tuesday after criticism by a leading (...)

Richard Johnson riding Native River clear from the last to win The Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow in December. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Hennessy Gold Cup and Welsh Grand National hero Native River has not been entered in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on April 8th. The im(...)

David Mullins celebrates after winning the Crabbie’s Grand National steeplechase on Rule The World at Aintree. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty

It was ironic that the world’s toughest steeplechase was won on Saturday by a horse with a history of physical fragility that had never won over fenc(...)

Richard Johnson with Balthazar King in the winners enclosure after victory in the Glenfarclas Handicap Steeplechase at Cheltenham Racecourse in 2012. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Dual Cheltenham Festival winner and Grand National runner-up Balthazar King has been retired. The Philip Hobbs-trained veteran landed the Glenfarclas(...)

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