Aintree Grand National 2014 Runners Finalised

Crabbies 2014 Grand NationalThe field has been finalised and confirmed for Saturday’s Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree, with the standard maximum of 40 runners all set to line up in the world famous steeplechase.

This year around, Lost Glory has been the only late withdrawal meaning Swing Bill gets a run. Swing Bill, trained by David Pipe, ended up finishing sixth last year and is owned by Judy Halewood, the boss of race sponsors Crabbie’s.

Tidal Bay, trained by Paul Nicholls, tops the weights as the 13-year-old seeks to become the oldest winner for over 90 years.

Some of the major contenders this year include 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Long Run and Monbeg Dude, winner of the Welsh National in 2013.

As things currently stand, Last year’s third-placed horse Teaforthree is the current 8-1 favourite ahead of 12-1 shot Monbeg Dude, who is part-owned by former England rugby union captain Mike Tindall, his team-mate James Simpson-Daniel and Welsh fly-half Nicky Robinson.

There had initially been a total of 65 entries remaining for the race, run over 30 fences and nearly four and a half miles, with the lowest rated horses voted out.

The 2013 winner, Auroras Encore, has been retired and runner-up Cappa Bleu is out with an injury.

Little Josh – Latest Aintree Fatality

Little Josh became the second horse to die at the 2013 Aintree Grand National meeting once falling on Friday.

The 11-year-recent, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by his father Nigel, fell four fences from home within the Topham Chase, that was run over the redesigned Grand National fences. He suffered a fractured shoulder and was later put down by veterinary surgeons following treatment. It followed the death of Battlefront who collapsed on Thursday.

Aintree has altered the Grand National fences for this year’s meeting following a variety of horse fatalities.

The changes to the fences, that now have a core made of a lot of flexible plastic, instead of wood, and are lined by the traditional spruce, were trialled at the course in December 2012 and were welcomed by World Horse Welfare. Grand National-winning trainer Twiston-Davies paid tribute to Little Josh, who had finished seventh in last year’s race and won the Grand Sefton Chase at the track in December.

Changes have been created to the fences and the course has been shortened for the 2013 race.

The RSPCA’s David Muir told BBC Radio five live that he was looking ahead to the complete post-mortem results on Little Josh before any potential decision for further changes to the Aintree fences.

2013 Grand National alterations

  • Begin to be moved forward by ninety yards faraway from crowds and grandstands
  • Maintain most field at 40
  • Changes to fence construction
  • Additional user-friendly begin tapes with increased visibility
  • Levelling the landing zone of Becher’s Brook
  • Levelling out of landing areas
  • Additional catching pen for riderless horses

Former Grand National-winning jockey Liam Treadwell was taken to hospital when falling from Regal D’Estruval throughout the race.

Andrew Lynch, who parted company with Mister First, was treated at the course’s medical centre.

Nineteen of the twenty nine runners finished the race, which was run over two miles and 5-and-a-half furlongs.

Treadwell will not have a ride in Saturday’s huge race at the Liverpool track while Lynch is because of ride Treacle.

Last year’s Grand National saw the deaths of Synchronised and According to Pete who became the ninth and 10th horses to possess died within the race in the past twelve years.

For this year’s race, the start can be moved 90 yards nearer to the first fence to attempt to slow the speed at that the horses approach the fence and also to manoeuver the horses away from the group and reduce the noise.

Jockeys have additionally been warned to “keep calm” at the beginning of the race.

Riders have also been urged to recollect that they must use the complete width of the course to avoid crowding around the inner line.

Changes Announced after Official Grand National Safety Review

A number of changes are announced for the Grand National following a safety review, but the number of entrants is to stay at a maximum of forty.

An official inquiry was launched after the deaths of 2 horses in April. The starting line will be moved 90 yards nearer to the first fence, while measures can also be taken to prevent horses becoming trapped within the starting tape.

The Becher’s Brook landing zone is being levelled more, whereas there will be a review of fence styles. The changes to the start might slow the speed the primary fence is approached at. On field size, Aintree Racecourse and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said they believe the course and fences will accommodate a maximum of 40 runners, however they will “continue to watch” the issue.

The charity World Horse Welfare, while welcoming most of the changes, said it absolutely was disappointed the field size wasn’t being reduced. Following the review, the start can now be moved forward 90 yards, reducing the race to four miles and 3 and a half furlongs, from four and a half miles. In addition, the starter’s rostrum will be placed in a very prominant position that permits a “no-go zone” to prevent horses that false start climbing on top of the tape.

In last April’s event, Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised unseated rider Tony McCoy on the approach to the starting space and ran loose in a chaotic opening that was delayed and also featured a range of restarts. He later broke his leg in a fall and was put down.

The fence style project at Aintree will last three years and target using materials other than the timber and protecting rubber padding that make the central frame at present. Fence heights can remain unchanged. Becher’s Brook can “undergo further levelling of the wider landing zone, correcting the settlement which occurred following work carried out in 2011″, in step with the review.

The other horse to die within the 2012 race, Consistent with Pete, could have been injured when brought down by On His Own, who may have been unsighted at the fence, or when another horse, Weird Al, collided with him as he got up.

Fences four, 5 and 13 can also have their landing areas levelled to “smooth out undulations”. Alternative measures include a large sum of money being invested in irrigation to provide “the safest jumping ground possible” and a replacement bypass and pen around fence four to catch riderless horses.

In April, only fifteen of the 40 horses finished the race and the 2 deaths led to questions concerning the National’s future from animal welfare groups. Several alterations had been created to the course for 2012 after a previous review following the fatal injuries suffered by Ornais and Dooleys Gate in 201one. Per the BHA, twenty horses have died in races over Grand National fences since 2001 and 10 have lost their lives in the race itself in the past twelve years. Three horses additionally died within the 1998 race, while the opening day of the 2000 meeting was marred by four deaths.

Call for Bigger Aintree National Fences

Trainer Malcolm Jefferson believes bigger fences at the Grand National may have saved his horse According to Pete, who died once Saturday’s race. Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised also had to be place down. The deaths have led to imply additional modifications to the Aintree course.

An in depth review was disbursed following the race 12 months ago when 2 horses conjointly died. Changes were created to the course, including reducing the drop on the landing aspect of Becher’s Brook, where According to Pete fell. He was place down once suffering a fractured leg.

The British Horseracing Authority’s chief executive Paul Bittar will meet with animal welfare groups next week to debate the Grand National.

Grand National 2012 Results

Well, what a fantastic Grand National race we had this year ending with the usual unpredictable results. Neptune Collonges (33-1) took the winner’s spot by the smallest of margins with Sunnyhillboy a hair’s breadth behind in second. Seabass, Cappa Bleu and In Compliance filled the following three places.

Neptune Collonges wins National

Congratulations to Neptune Collonges, winner of the 2012 Grand National, ridden by Daryl Jacob, trained by Paul Nicholls and owned by John Hales.

Synchronised Favourite for 2012 Grand National

The Cheltenham Gold Cup winning horse Synchronised heads a maximum field of forty runners for Saturday’s Grand National at Aintree.

Le Beau Bai and Always Waining were withdrawn at Thursday morning’s final declaration stage. This means that Hello Bud gets a run for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies and his jockey son Sam, whereas Neptune Equester also comes into the sector.

Any Currency, Our Island, Abbeybraney and Smoking Aces are reserves if any horses drop out by Friday morning. West End Rocker, Giles Cross and last year’s winner Ballabriggs are among the other leading contenders.

Synchronised, who will be ridden by sixteen-time champion jockey Tony McCoy, is seemingly to go off as favourite as he bids to become the primary horse in in 78 years to capture steeplechasing’s two biggest races in the identical season.

Golden Miller is the sole horse to have achieved the Gold Cup-Grand National double in the same season, in 1934. The sole other horse to triumph in both in several years was L’Escargot, winner of the Gold Cup in 1970 and 1971, who went on to beat the nice Red Rum into second in the 1975 National.

O’Neill has left in another of his Festival winners in Kim Muir victor Sunnyhillboy, furthermore Arbor Supreme. Last year’s National hero Ballabriggs is one of 2 huge chances for Donald McCain who additionally runs Weird Al.

The last horse to attain back-to-back wins in the race was Red Rum in 1974 who was trained by McCain’s father Ginger who died last September. On His Own, the mount of Ruby Walsh, heads Willie Mullins’ team whereas the Irish jockey’s sister Katie can be aboard Seabass for their father, Ted Walsh. Nina Carberry, who is additionally bidding to become the primary female rider to win the race, can be aboard Organisedconfusion for her uncle, Arthur Moore.

The going of the National course on Thursday morning was described as good to soft, good in places but there is the likelihood of additional rain for the Liverpool vicinity over the next few days.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Horse to Enter Scottish Grand National

Sir Alex Ferguson is poised for a return to Scotland on the lookout for another piece of top sporting silverware – at the Scottish Grand National.

The horse he part owns, Harry The Viking, may be a seemingly runner after the Paul Nicholls-trained seven year old was named among the entries.
Manchester United are in action the subsequent day against Everton.

Therefore the United manager may preferably be at Ayr to cheer on his horse within the £180,000 race taking place on Saturday, 21 April.
But there can be stiff competition, with a number of the country’s top chasers featuring among the sixty two entries.

Nicky Henderson has five potential runners, as well as Burton Port, who was fourth at the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and David Pipe has entered one in every of the Grand National favourites, Junior, and additionally The Package, owned by David Johnson.
Cheltenham’s JLT Speciality Chase winner, Alfie Sherrin, from Jonjo O’Neill’s yard, and Hennessey Gold Cup winner Carruthers are entered, as is that the 2010 winner of the race and last year’s runner-up, Merigo.

Notable Scottish-trained entries alternative than Merigo include Lucinda Russell try Red Harbour and Etxalar, Willie Amos’s Lie Forrit, Abbeybraney, from George Bewley’s yard and also the James Ewart-trained Captain Americo.

The chief supporting race on Scottish Grand National Saturday, the Isle of Skye Blended Whisky Scottish Champion Hurdle, has attracted 34 entries.
They embrace Tetlami, Petit Robin and Kid Cassidy, all trained by Henderson, Donald McCain’s Desert Cry and Red Merlin, Raya Star from Alan King’s stable and also the Nicholls-trained Prospect Wells and Brampour.

Prince De Beauchene to Miss Grand National

Bookmakers’ favourite Prince De Beauchene will miss the Grand National on fourteen April with a stress fracture to the hip, owner Graham Wylie has revealed.

The Willie Mullins-trained horse had risen to the pinnacle of the betting once a stirring performance in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse in February.

Scans revealed the season-ending injury after a recent coaching run-out.

Synchronised – Rare Chance for Possible Double

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised has taken a step towards a rare double by remaining among the 59 entries for the Grand National on 14th April.
The Jonjo O’Neill-trained horse may become the first in 78 years to capture British steeplechasing’s two biggest races in the same season.

Grand National NewsGolden Miller is the sole horse to have achieved the Gold Cup-Grand National double in the identical season, in 1934.

The sole other horse to triumph in both was L’Escargot, winner of the Gold Cup in 1970 and 1971, who went on to beat the nice Red Rum into second in the 1975 National.
O’Neill has elebrated his 1st Gold Cup as a trainer on Friday, twenty six years on from riding Dawn Run to victory.

Champion jockey Tony McCoy rode the 8-1 shot to victory at Cheltenham ahead of fifty-one outsider The Giant Bolster and the defending champion Long Run, the seven-four favourite.

Synchronised is already joint favourite with Junior at regarding 10-1 with some British bookmakers for the four-and-a-0.5-mile race at Aintree.

Eighteen horses were taken out of the race at Tuesday’s scratchings stage – Quantitativeeasing, Scotsirish, Tartak, Hector’s Choice, Massini’s Maguire, Hold On Julio, Crescent Island, Niche Market, Stewarts House, Uncle Junior, Fair Along, Shakervilz, Wymott, Backstage, Some Target, Schindler’s Gold, King Fontaine and Minella Theatre.

A maximum field of 40 horses can line up for the big race.