Not known to shy away from saying exactly what is on his mind, Gigginstown House Stud‘s racing manager Eddie O’Leary has once again decided to throw shade on the BHA Handicapper, Phil Smith. With 11 entries in the 2018 Grand National, O’Leary made his feelings very clear the day after entries were published for this […]

The list is out and we can confirm that there are 105 entries for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National, scheduled to take place at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday 14th April 2018. That figure is down on 2017 when 110 were entered and even less than in 2016 when 126 got the green light. It […]

It may have been the coldest Becher Chase Day on record since its inaugural running in 1992 but there were plenty of Grand National pointers to take out of an excellent days racing at the Merseyside track. On an afternoon which saw the only fixture outside of the Grand National Festival to have horses running […]

Not only is the annual Becher Chase run over the Grand National fences but for the next three years it will also have the same sponsor with Randox Health agreeing a three-year deal starting next month. Dr Peter FitzGerald, founder and managing director of Randox Health, said: “We’re delighted to sponsor the Becher Chase, which […]

Anybody who closely follows the goings on in the jumps world knows that Liverpool born John Neild would dearly love to win the the Grand National. A former stable lad with Henry Candy, Neild bought Splash Of Ginge for £20,000 with the sole intention of trying to land a the £1 million Randox Health Grand […]

As the 2017-18 jumps season hots up all eyes are on the performances of the potential runners for the 2018 Grand National. Logical Song has just put himself into contention following a fantastic win in the Paddy Power Cork Grand National under the guidance of jockey Danny Mullins. Trained by Mags Mullins, the eight-year-old has […]

Trained by Jonjo O’Neill, Go Conquer may be the answer to Paul and Clare Rooney’s quest for Grand National glory. With The Last Samuri already having had a few cracks at jumps racing’s biggest prize Go Conquer may be able to go one step further and actually win it for them. The eight year old […]

With the National Hunt season well and truly underway it is time to have a tentative look at next year’s Grand National and pick out some possible candidates for the Aintree marathon and their ante-post odds. As the biggest fans of Merseyside’s historic steeplechase will tell you “Not all roads lead to Cheltenham, some of […]

As somebody who focuses largely on the Grand National, Phil Smith, is a name I am more than familiar with but it appears that he is going to step down from his role in May 2018, after 22 years of service. Having joined the then British Horseracing Board in August 1995 as a Flat Handicapper, […]

Online bookmaker, Betfair, has announced an extended deal with Jockey Club Racecourses, to continue its title sponsorship of two major jump racing events. Betfair will remain as title sponsor of both the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park, which will take place on November 25th this year, and the Betfair Tingle Creek at Sandown Park, which […]

Much of the talk in the lead-up to Aintree has been about the horses that won’t be making their way to the Grand National festival. However we think this is a disservice to the challengers that are going to compete at the Liverpool racecourse, so we’ve decided to run through the Cheltenham performers who will […]

After a comprehensive 19-9 spanking of the British by the Irish at the Cheltenham Festival, all eyes will shortly be focusing on the Grand National meeting at Aintree, but who will take the big one? With last year’s winner of the Grand National Rule The World retired, can any other Irish trained runners step up […]