Great and all as the Irish, Scottish and Welsh versions are, nothing quite compares with the Aintree Grand National.
Sat, 14 Apr, 2018
Willie Mullins has been second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup six times, writes Brendan O’Brien
Fri, 24 Mar, 2017
Barry Geraghty expects to find out on Tuesday if the Punchestown Festival is a realistic target for his comeback from a broken leg.
Tue, 24 Mar, 2015
Grand National-winning jockey Mick Fitzgerald believes previous experience over the famous fences is a vital asset for this year’s winner.
Tue, 02 Apr, 2013
Just like 39 of my colleagues, I am very much looking forward to the Grand National at Aintree today.
Sat, 14 Apr, 2012
Notre Pere ploughed through the mud to claim the Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup and earn a 10-1 quote with totesport for the equivalent race at Cheltenham next March.
Thu, 30 Apr, 2009
Dunguib emulated Cousin Vinny 12 months earlier and followed up his Cheltenham bumper success with an ultra-impressive victory in the Paddy Power Champion INH Flat Race at Punchestown.
Wed, 29 Apr, 2009
Tom O’Leary would love to see the clouds gather over Aintree this week with every drop of rain set to aid the chances of his confirmed mudlark Preists Leap in the John Smith’s Grand National.
Tue, 31 Mar, 2009
HEDGEHUNTER, winner of the 2005 John Smith’s Grand National, has been retired.
Fri, 11 Apr, 2008
Hedgehunter, winner of the 2005 John Smith’s Grand National, has been retired.
Thu, 10 Apr, 2008
Forty horses take on the four miles and four furlongs and thirty fences of the Aintree Grand National this afternoon.
Sat, 05 Apr, 2008
It took Frankie Dettori 15 attempts to win the Derby and now racing’s other household name is hoping his turn has finally come in the Grand National.
Tom Mullins believes John Smith’s Grand National candidate Chelsea Harbour ticks all the right boxes for Saturday’s Aintree spectacular.
Tue, 01 Apr, 2008
PAUL Nicholls is doing his best to secure the services of Ruby Walsh for Turko, whom he fancies “quite strongly” for the John Smith’s Grand National on Saturday.
Paul Nicholls is doing his best to secure the services of Ruby Walsh for Turko, whom he fancies “quite strongly” for the John Smith’s Grand National on Saturday.
Mon, 31 Mar, 2008
Afistfullofdollars confirmed Noel Meade's team are well and truly back in business by grabbing the feature race at Fairyhouse.
Sat, 23 Feb, 2008
Beef Or Salmon is poised to crown a glorious career with a tilt at the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree on April 5.
Wed, 06 Feb, 2008
WILLIE Mullins fears John Smith’s Grand National talking horse Snowy Morning has been harshly treated by the handicapper – despite bookmakers thrusting him to favouritism for the Aintree showpiece.
Willie Mullins reports Hedgehunter and Snowy Morning firmly in the hunt for Aintree glory.
Thu, 31 Jan, 2008
ANTE-POST punters have suffered a blow yesterday when trainer Martin Brassil revealed Numbersixvalverde had not been entered for the John Smith’s Grand National after failing to make sufficient progress from injury.
Tue, 29 Jan, 2008
TWO years ago Irish steeplechasing was on a massive high, after War Of Attrition, Hedgehunter and Forget The Past had filled the first three places in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Thu, 24 Jan, 2008
Hedgehunter, the 2005 John Smith’s Grand National winner, is under the spotlight for a return to action over hurdles this weekend.
Tue, 08 Jan, 2008
Denman and The Listener both feature among the 12 preliminary entries for the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on December 28.
Wed, 19 Dec, 2007
Hedgehunter begins his journey for a fifth attempt at the John Smith’s Grand National by making his seasonal debut at Punchestown on Saturday.
Fri, 07 Dec, 2007
WILLIE MULLINS is predicting a bold show from Hedgehunter in Saturday’s John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree.
Wed, 11 Apr, 2007
WILLIE MULLINS could saddle as many as five runners in the John Smith’s Grand National on Saturday after 68 horses stood their ground at the five-day confirmation stage yesterday.
Tue, 10 Apr, 2007
Willie Mullins has issued an upbeat bulletin on Hedgehunter ahead of next Saturday’s John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree.
Sat, 07 Apr, 2007
Ossmoses has been ruled out of the John Smith’s Grand National.
Tue, 03 Apr, 2007
Hedgehunter is now a best-priced 16-1 for the John Smith’s Grand National despite pleasing connections on his comeback run over hurdles at Limerick on Sunday.
HEDGEHUNTER ran a satisfactory enough Aintree Grand National trial at Limerick yesterday when finishing ninth behind Wishwillow Lord in the UL Bohemians’ Raceday Hurdle.
Mon, 02 Apr, 2007
Hedgehunter will finally get his faltering season back on track with a prep race over timber at Limerick on Sunday.
Sat, 31 Mar, 2007
PAT HUGHES has reported Point Barrow to be in top shape after his recent exertions as money continues to pour in for the John Smith’s Grand National hope.
Tue, 27 Mar, 2007
Evan Williams has warned that State Of Play is only “50-50” to run in the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree.
Sat, 24 Mar, 2007
Hedgehunter is still on target for the John Smith’s Grand National despite taken out of the Cheltenham Gold Cup at the latest forfeit stage.
Wed, 21 Feb, 2007
Exotic Dancer and Hedgehunter have been allocated joint top weight of 11st 12lb for this year’s John Smith’s Grand National.
Tue, 13 Feb, 2007
MICHAEL O’BRIEN will hold an exceptionally strong hand in Saturday’s Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Leopardstown with two runners, including the likely favourite In Compliance.
Tue, 06 Feb, 2007
A high-class entry featuring 119 hopefuls has been revealed for the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree on April 14.
Thu, 01 Feb, 2007
HEDGEHUNTER, winner of the 2005 Grand National, is likely to be seen in Grade One action next month.
Fri, 19 Jan, 2007
THURLES may be right at the bottom of the Racing Post’s list of what a racecourse should be, understandably, but is top of the hit-parade as far as racegoers are concerned.
Fri, 01 Dec, 2006
Hedgehunter, winner of the 2005 Grand National, is set to make his seasonal reappearance in the Rock Of Cashel Hurdle at Thurles tomorrow.
Wed, 29 Nov, 2006
WILLIE MULLINS could give Hedgehunter a first start of the season in Thursday’s Thurles Chase, but will not make a final decision about his participation until declaration day.
Tue, 07 Nov, 2006
Willie Mullins could give Hedgehunter a first start of the season in Thursday's Thurles Chase, but will not make a final decision about his participation until declaration day.
Mon, 06 Nov, 2006
CLAN ROYAL is set to make his seasonal reappearance in the bet365 Handicap Hurdle at Wetherby tomorrow.
Fri, 27 Oct, 2006
TOM HOGAN'S Kalderon has promised to deliver a decent pot for a while and he did it at the conclusion of the Tralee Festival yesterday when putting up a game display in the Listed Ruby Stakes.
Sat, 02 Sep, 2006
Vincent O’Brien, Paddy Mullins and Dermot Weld are among 20 "racing heroes" to be honoured by Horse Racing Ireland on Ryder Cup race day at the Curragh on September 19.
Fri, 01 Sep, 2006
CHELTENHAM Gold Cup winner War Of Attrition has been installed the even-money favourite by Cashmans for tomorrow’s Guinness Gold Cup at Punchestown.
Tue, 25 Apr, 2006
Willie Mullins revealed that Hedgehunter is “50-50” to lock horns with Cheltenham Gold Cup winner War Of Attrition at Punchestown.
Wed, 19 Apr, 2006
OUR BEN, trained by Willie Mullins, heads 30 runners in the Powers Whiskey Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Monday.
Sat, 15 Apr, 2006
Postman Mark Wylie from Glasgow is in line to complete a monster pay out of nearly a quarter of a million pounds if he can find the winner of the 2.55 race at Haydock on Saturday.
Fri, 14 Apr, 2006
Missed That heads a star-studded field of nine runners in the Grade One Powers Gold Cup over two and a half miles at Fairyhouse on Sunday.
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