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(...)

Leighton Aspell rides Many Clouds on his way to the jockey’s second successive Aintree Grand National win. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty Images

Big-picture themes usually dominate the fallout from the Grand National, whether in welfare terms or the whip or farcical starts, but any long-term i(...)

Trainer Martin Brassil: “He ran an absolute stormer. We’re delighted with him. It’s such a tough race but it’s been a lucky race for us so far.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Curragh trainer Martin Brassil hasn’t ruled out another start this season by his stable star Double Seven who ran a fine third in Saturday’s Ai(...)

Pineau De Re goes clear to  win the Grand National Steeple at Aintree. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Pineau De Re claimed ’s Grand National glory at Aintree for trainer Dr Richard Newland and jockey Leighton Aspell. The 11-year-old was a (...)

 Jockey Sam Waley Cohen and Long Run. The 2011 Gold Cup winner  has been given a rating over a stone and a half lower than his career peak. He’s not as good as he was – but he surely hasn’t regressed that much. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

It’s almost 40 years since a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner won the Grand National and it is a very different Grand National now to when L’Escargot fam(...)

 Aintree Racecourse on the opening day of the Crabbie’s Grand National 2014. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

County Kildare trainer Peter Maher feels he has Big Shu in the shape of his life ahead of Saturday’s first £1 million Crabbies’ Grand National (...)

My Tent Or Yours is a hotpot for the opening William Hill Supreme Novices Hurdle; Simonsig’s even hotter for the Racing Post Arkle: but (...)