The Grand National’s Best Moments

This is a guest post by London-based writer Dom Smith. He is a longtime follower of U.K. horse racing with a particular fondness for the Grand National event. The Grand National at Aintree is still several months away, but given that winter is relatively quiet on the horse racing circuit, it represents one of the […]

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Lord Windermere Wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup

20-1 long shot Lord Windermere made the Cheltenham Gold Cup a nail biter. Although he was at the back of the field for much of the race, the 8-year old gelding ridden by┬áDavy Russell, rallied to win by a half a head with a dramatic sprint. It just goes to show that it’s not where […]

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Will changes to the course make Aintree Grand National safer?

The Ainsley Grand National is renowned for the number of horses that don’t finish every year. In 2011 only 19 of the 40 horse field crossed the finish line (with a jockey) and two horses died. This week, the Grand National Review Group (with input from the Aintree Racecourse, the British Horseracing Authority, The British […]

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I’m fine. Go on without me!

Would your horse let you go on without him? I don’t think Freedom would be content to stay on the sidelines.

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2010 Aintree Grand National – Don’t Push It wins!

Saturday was the John Smith’s Grand National steeplechase race at Aintree. I’ve described the Grand National before as a demolition derby and I’m still just amazed at how different this race is from say, Zenyatta’s run in the Apple Blossom. The Grand National doesn’t start with six or seven horses loaded into the starting gate […]

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