During this years’ iteration of the iconic Grand National race, onlookers were stunned by the sight of the Royal Family arriving for a day out at Aintree. First came Meghan Markle and the Queen, with the latter dressed in her iconic yellow dress with matching shoes and a stylish overcoat. A number of other prominent […]

On July 25th, the ruler of Dubai announced that the horse racing World Cup prize purse will be raised to $12 million in 2019. The increase cements the World Cup’s place as one of the richest events on the horse racing calendar. The Dubai World Cup is set to take place in March next year. […]

The summer is a relatively quiet time for jump racing fans but there can be a lot to gain from watching flat racing. As the season is now in full swing it’s a great time to look out for horses you believe can make an impact over hurdles during the winter. We have seen the […]

The battle between Champion Trainer Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott has been on since Elliott started to make a real name for himself in the 2015-16 season. That year the championship honours went to Mullins who won it by a landslide and ended up with total earnings of €4.4m against Elliott’s €2.5m. One year later […]

It may seem crazy to be talking about the jockey’s title so early in the jumps season, but that is precisely what many people are doing. For the first time in a very long time, it looks as though we may have a genuine title race between two jockeys for the jumps crown. Richard Johnson […]

Pretty much everyone in racing agrees Mall Dini is a hugely exciting prospect, and one of the horses to watch going into the 2018/19 season. However, there is a divide when his future is spoken about, does he go for the Cheltenham Gold Cup or should he head to Aintree for the Grand National? Throughout […]

Two of the most successful female jockeys of all time have both announced their retirement within days of each other. Katie Walsh made the announcement on April 27th, following her last win at Punchestown on Antey after intended jockey Danny Mullins was injured earlier in the day, with Nina Carberry announcing her retirement the next […]

One horse that didn’t line up in the 2018 Grand National, but could appear in 2019 is the Willie Mullins trained Bellshill. There is no doubting that Bellshill is a seriously talented horse and one that has the class to run in the Grand National. He is a grade one winner across three disciplines, national […]

Another incredible Grand National in 2018 that saw quite a lot of changes on the run up including last minute withdrawals from Regal Encore and Walk In The Mill meaning that only 38 runners took to the starting line. Despite the heavy going all runners and riders were in good form and with no false […]

It was the rather aptly named Lottery that claimed victory in the inaugural Aintree Grand National in 1839, a feat that jockeys and trainers alike have been trying to replicate since. Doing so has the power to define a jockey’s career and it is the grueling nature of the race that attracts the eyes of […]

Here at grandnational.fans we recently commissioned YouGov for a survey to determine various Grand National betting patterns. One of the many interesting results it produced was that of all those who had backed a Grand National runner, 46% of people chose their horse based on it’s name! And that is very understandable as the race […]

It’s that time of year again when we get to see which jockeys will be partnered with which Grand National runners and now we have the full compliment of men and women who will do battle on April 14th. Two that won’t be making an appearance in 2018 are Ruby Walsh and Leighton Aspell who […]