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Silviniaco takes Aintree gold

Noel Fehily admitted to being haunted as to why Silviniaco Conti has yet to win a Cheltenham Gold Cup but the jockey could take some comfort in the chestnut's follow-up victory at Aintree. Silviniaco Conti (9-4) was still leading on the run-in and w... Read More...

More misses Aintree run

Jonjo O'Neill's World Hurdle winner More Of That was an unexpected absentee from the final field of seven in the Silver Cross Stayers' Hurdle at Aintree on Saturday. Registered as the Liverpool Hurdle, the Grade One has been the aim for O'Neill's un... Read More...

France floored in Imprudence

Miss France, ante-post favourite for the Qipco 1000 Guineas, could only finish sixth behind Xcellence in the Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte. Touched off in a Group Three last year, the Francois Doumen-trained Xcellence, who races in the silks m... Read More...

Guitar man Carberry hits right note

Guitar Pete came from the clouds in the hands of Paul Carberry to claim top honours in the Injured Jockeys Fund 50th Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree. The 13-2 chance was nearer last than first rounding the home turn and still had plenty... Read More...

Ross expected to shine in Topham

Nigel Twiston-Davies is convinced Double Ross will relish the challenge of competing over the Grand National fences in the Crabbie's Supporting Everton In The Community Topham Chase at Aintree on Friday. The Naunton handler understandably has high h... Read More...

Module targeting Melling glory

Tom George hopes a victory for Module in Friday's Betfred Melling Chase at Aintree will finally silence his critics. A winner of the Game Spirit Chase earlier this year, he posted a career best when a staying-on third behind Sire De Grugy and Somers... Read More...

O’Brien keeps faith in Kingsbarns

Joseph O'Brien retains plenty of faith in Kingsbarns despite his eclipse on his seasonal return at Leopardstown on Wednesday. The four-year-old won the Racing Post Trophy back in 2012 but injury issues ruled him out of a Classic campaign and he disa... Read More...

Tidal tops National field

Tidal Bay and Long Run head a maximum field of 40 for the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree on Saturday after all the leading fancies stood their ground at the final declaration stage. The 13-year-old Tidal Bay will carry top-weight of 11st 10lb i... Read More...

Ryan keeps options open for Astaire

Classic contender Astaire has the option of dropping back to a sprint trip at York in May should he not look like shaping into a Qipco 2000 Guineas candidate. Winner of the Middle Park Stakes last year, Astaire is scheduled to return to action over ... Read More...

Eagle flying towards Derrinstown

Free Eagle is set to make his seasonal bow in next month's Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown. Dermot Weld has pencilled in the 10-furlong Group Three on May 11 for his Classic contender, who signed off his 2013 campaign when chasing home ... Read More...

Kingsbarns usurped by sharp Qewy

Kingsbarns could finish only third as Qewy made all of the running to spring a surprise in the Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown. The 2012 Racing Post Trophy winner held every chance but could not get to the John Oxx-trained 11-1 outsider of five in t... Read More...

Johnston duo considered for Dante

Middleham trainer Mark Johnston has two of the 73 entries in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York on May 15. Johnston could run either Hartnell, third in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud, or Somewhat, narrowly beaten in the Royal Lodge Stakes. Johnston sai... Read More...

Golan ready for National bid

Andy Bates, racing manager for owners WRB Racing, hopes Golan Way can roll back the years when he becomes the syndicate's first runner in the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree on Saturday. The Tim Vaughan-trained 10-year-old was a smart performer ... Read More...

Walsh on standby for Colbert ride

Mark Walsh will partner Colbert Station if Tony McCoy opts to ride Double Seven in the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree on Saturday. Of the JP McManus-owned duo, McCoy has admitted to having a slight preference for the latter, trained by Martin B... Read More...

Greenham key to Berkshire destiny

Berkshire is set to kick off his three-year-old campaign in the Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday week. How he fares there in the Group Three contest over seven furlongs will give connections an idea of what direction to steer him for the r... Read More...

Wheeler at ease as big day looms

Felix Wheeler has waited a long time for his chance to ride over the National fences and his moment finally arrives at Aintree on Thursday. The retired Army major spent more than 20 years in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, serving in Kosovo and reac... Read More...

Ambivalent in Middleton frame

Ambivalent is one of 28 entries in the Betfred Middleton Stakes at York on May 15 on the back of a career-best run in Dubai on Saturday. Already a Group One winner in the Pretty Polly in Ireland last summer, Ambivalent was third against the boys in ... Read More...

Panther on prowl for Cup glory

Michael Owen's Brown Panther is a possible for the Yorkshire Cup on May 16. Last seen when eighth in the Melbourne Cup, the Tom Dascombe-trained six-year-old is likely to be a major player in all the Cup races this season. "I'm very happy with Brow... Read More...

Calipto seeks Aintree redemption

Calipto is out to prove he was an unlucky loser of the Triumph when he returns to the fray in the Injured Jockeys Fund 50th Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree on Thursday. He was about to make his challenge at the second-last flight when h... Read More...

Cat considered for Championships

Roger Charlton will make a decision nearer the time whether Captain Cat, a late withdrawal when ante-post favourite for the Lincoln last weekend, runs in either the Coral Easter Classic or the Ladbrokes Mile at Lingfield on All-Weather Championships ... Read More...

Hannon stars in Lockinge frame

Richard Hannon has four entries among the 21 possibles for the Group One JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 17. Group One winners Sky Lantern, Toronado and Olympic Glory may be joined by the progressive Montiridge from the Hannon yard as he looks... Read More...

Warhorse bids for Aintree glory

Shock Arkle winner Western Warhorse gets the chance to prove his Cheltenham success was no fluke when he steps up in trip for the Pinsent Masons Manifesto Novices' Chase at Aintree. The David Pipe-trained six-year-old headed to the Festival with jus... Read More...

New team eye Aintree consolation

The New One is likely to be a red-hot favourite as he bids to put the record straight after an unlucky run at Cheltenham when he lines up for the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle on Thursday. Nigel Twiston-Davies' stable star appeared to lose all chance when... Read More...

Course concerns for Fabre

Andre Fabre is not sure if Maisons-Laffitte will prove to be the ideal course for Earnshaw in Thursday's Prix Djebel. The seven-furlong trial was used by Makfi as a prep for the 2000 Guineas in 2010, but the Godolphin-owned colt is not entered at Ne... Read More...

Ruler tops Coronation contenders

Ruler Of The World is among 28 entries for the Investec Coronation Cup (In Commemoration Of St Nicholas Abbey) at Epsom on June 7. This year's race is being run in remembrance of Aidan O'Brien's three-time winner and the trainer will no doubt be kee... Read More...

Miss makes Imprudence return

Miss France, ante-post favourite for the Qipco 1000 Guineas, and Group One winner Vorda both feature in what could be a key Classic trial in the Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte on Thursday. The Andre Fabre-trained Miss France won the Oh So Sharp... Read More...

Dynaste aiming to Bowl over rivals

Tom Scudamore is already enjoying his best season, requiring only three more winners for his first ever century, and he hopes Dynaste can edge him one nearer in Thursday's Betfred Bowl at Aintree. The David Pipe-trained grey silenced a few doubters ... Read More...

Module leads Melling field

Module, third in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, bids for handsome compensation when he steps up in trip for the Betfred Melling Chase at Aintree on Friday. The Tom George-trained seven-year-old heads a field of 11 declared for the Grade One over t... Read More...

Dude all the rage for National

As the market intensifies ahead of Saturday's Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree, Michael Scudamore's Monbeg Dude was the one most punters were interested in on Tuesday. Given his royal connections, a fairytale outcome could await for racing and pu... Read More...

Palace aim for Power

Sole Power is likely to aim to follow up his win in last year's Palace House Stakes at Newmarket. Eddie Lynam's globetrotting sprinter was done no favours by the draw in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on World Cup night. He was beaten two and a half ... Read More...

Tea tries for second-time lucky

Nigel Roddis is hoping Teaforthree can banish the pain of a near-miss last year and triumph in the Crabbie's Grand National. It was a case of so near yet so far as Nick Scholfield kicked for home jumping the second-last, only for the petrol gauge to stutter into the red and the Rebecca Curtis-trained Teaforthree could only plug on for third behind Auroras Encore. Part-owner Roddis recalls: "Coming to the second-last fence last year, I thought we were going to win the National, but in time these things fade and we were third in the National, which was fantastic, and hopefully he can run well again." He went on: "The National is a unique race and he's got round once, but it's just fingers crossed he can do it again. I think he has all the attributes you need for the race, he jumps and stays and seemed to be really enjoying it last year." Given that Teaforthree had also hit the bar in the Welsh National, Roddis and his fellow owners David Zeffman, James Conyers and John O'Reilly would have been forgiven if their enthusiasm had dimmed slightly in the face of frustration. However, excitement has been steadily building for another Merseyside outing, with Teaforthree putting a lacklustre Welsh National reappearance this season well behind him with a fine run at Ascot before tackling the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and he is highly likely to assume the mantle of big-race favourite on the day. A perfectly acceptable eighth in the Cotswolds, Roddis felt the outing had served its purpose in bringing Teaforthree to his peak in time for another National outing. He said: "It is very exciting, we're looking forward to it. He came out of Cheltenham in good order and he ran just the type of race I thought he would. "We know he's just a shade below that class and that they might go a little bit too quick for him. We always thought they would be passing him in the finish, but some of them took a bit longer than we expected to get past him. He came out well and it's all systems go for Aintree. "We took a bit of criticism for running him but he'd only had two races and we didn't want to go to Aintree without a third. He's a big, old-fashioned staying chaser and he needs a couple of runs to get into tip-top form. With seven weeks from Ascot to Aintree, we thought he needed another race so we took the chance." Roddis is a key figure at Great British Racing as development director and it was his job with forerunner Racing For Change that led to his association with Teaforthree. He was involved with arranging a lease on the 10-year-old for Sky Sports show Soccer AM back in 2010 and when they opted not to repeat the exercise in 2011, Roddis rallied his friends to keep the gelding in Curtis' care. "Teaforthree has been a great fun," he said. "Finding him with Rebecca and Gearoid (Costello, Curtis' partner), thinking he was the perfect horse for the Soccer AM link-up but when they decided they wanted to move in another direction, I'd developed an emotional involvement and would rather not see anyone else have him. I gathered together a few friends, we bought him and it's worked out well." Roddis' emotional connection could lead him to being a wealthier man come 4.30 on Saturday, with the first �1million National in prospect and he is relishing the idea of providing another chapter in the race's rich history. "There's always stories with the National, like the lads who won last year," he said. "Obviously JP McManus and Trevor Hemmings have won the race, but I don't think the bigger owners really buy with a view to the National. They might be looking more at Cheltenham races than Aintree." Wherever Teaforthree should finish at Aintree, it has already been a thoroughly memorable year for Roddis, who contested the St Patrick's Derby at the Cheltenham. The amateur race over a mile and five furlongs has raised a hefty chunk of money for Cancer Research UK since its inception in 2012 and while he was not disgraced in eighth, Roddis has little inclination to tackle the Aintree fences as anything but an owner. He said: "It was great fun to take part in the race and we raised a lot of money for Cancer Research UK. I think I personally raised about �25,000 but in total we raised about �150,000 and the race has generated �1million since it was first run. I don't think a National ride would be likely though - I'd need quite a few more rides first!" Read More...

McCoy leaning towards Double

Tony McCoy is currently favouring Double Seven as his mount in Saturday's Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree. The champion jockey has the choice of the Martin Brassil-trained runner, Ted Walsh's Colbert Station or Jonjo O'Neill's Lost Glory under h... Read More...

Mania relishing the spotlight

Not many outside the world of racing had heard of Ryan Mania this time 12 months ago, but after Auroras Encore sprang a 66-1 surprise in the Grand National, the young Scot was propelled into stardom. Unfortunately for Mania, his immediate joy was s... Read More...

Waley-Cohen an Aintree natural

If it is a clich� to say the Crabbie's Grand National presents a test like no other, it is certainly true that some jockeys are unquestionably better than their weighing-room colleagues over the still-daunting Aintree fences - and that being an amateur is no barrier to success. For every Ruby Walsh and Richard Dunwoody, who have both won the race twice with a completion record way above the norm, there is a John Francome or Peter Scudamore, multiple champion jockeys who failed to record a success. Even Tony McCoy needed 15 attempts before Don't Push It won in 2010, so Sam Waley-Cohen must be doing something right. Still very much a Corinthian, Waley-Cohen's record over the spruce fences is nothing short of phenomenal. He won the Fox Hunters' back-to-back in 2005 and 2006 on Katarino, trained by his father, Robert, and finished second on the same horse in 2008. Given they were the only three runs the horse had in that four-year period it is even more meritorious. In 2006 he pulled of a notable double by also winning the Topham Chase, another run over the National fences, on Liberthine. At the time Waley-Cohen had ridden over the National fences five times and won on three occasions. Liberthine returned to Aintree a year later and finished fifth in the National itself. More recently his Grand National ride has been the Martin Lynch-trained Oscar Time, runner-up in 2011 and fourth 12 months ago. Perhaps we should not be surprised Waley-Cohen does so well at Aintree - in 166 runnings of the National the great race has been won 41 times by an amateur. This year Waley-Cohen is riding the Nicky Henderson-trained Long Run, on whom he made history by winning two King Georges and a Gold Cup. While Long Run may no longer seem the force he once was, he has been given a chance by the handicapper and is a half-brother to Liberthine so if he takes to the fences as well as her he has every chance of returning to his former glories. "The Grand National, even riding in it never mind winning it, was an early dream of mine when I started out riding horses. It's a race that has been very kind to me and as Long Run has had such an impact on the life of everybody in our family, it would be amazing if he could win it. It's the greatest race in racing," said Waley-Cohen. "We've no regrets about not going for the Gold Cup this year. There were a whole host of them with a chance at the last and we'd like to think he would have been bang there if he'd run, but it just felt right to miss it this year. "I've been very lucky in the National but I'm sure my background in points helps a bit. Saying that, you must have the right sort of horse, otherwise you stand no chance. "Just like in point-to-pointing there are horses here, there and everywhere and you need to think about the fences first and then tactics - in races under Rules tactics take precedent over fences, I think, but in the National it's the other way round. "Katarino was the perfect horse for Aintree as he was so well balanced. He wasn't big, but was so athletic. He won a Triumph Hurdle and was a decent novice chaser, but then had loads of problems. He was only 16 hands but it was a real thrill to ride him over the fences. "Liberthine was just a superstar. She won a Topham and a Mildmay Of Flete (now Byrne Group Plate) for us and to finish fifth in a National was great for a mare. "Oscar Time was just an unbelievable ride around there, twice I thought I was going to win on him but it was not to be. The way he jumped - he wasn't very big, either - and travelled was great both times and gave me my biggest ever thrill in racing. "The National still takes a huge amount of jumping and Long Run is essentially a good jumper, it's just when he loses concentration that he has made mistakes in the past. I think the size of the fences and the fact they are something he's never seen before will help with his concentration, I don't think he'll need any headgear. "The way the race is framed now the premium is on quality and that helps us, you need to travel as they go a relentless pace over four and a half miles so you need lots of natural ability. "Of the dangers Teaforthree has been given a chance after last year, I was next to him for much of the race and he ran a solid trial in the Gold Cup I thought. He's a worthy favourite. There's a whole host of chances behind him and any one of them that has a bit of luck on the day could win." Read More...

Sea breeze for Pipe and Scudamore

David Pipe and Tom Scudamore took the honours at Newton Abbot with a double for owner Roger Brookhouse through Sail By The Sea and Volt Face. Both horses were impressive winners as they got off the mark over hurdles in the colours successful with We... Read More...

Activial and Ruby lead Fry charge

Harry Fry will head to Aintree with a small but select team as he looks to Activial and Rock On Ruby giving him further Grade One success. The pair are are set to run on the opening day of the Crabbie's Grand National meeting, with Activial heading ... Read More...

Kingsbarns returns at Leopardstown

Aidan O'Brien will be hoping Kingsbarns, his representative in the Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown on Wednesday, enjoys as much subsequent success as last season's winner. The Ballydoyle handler sent out Declaration Of War in the Listed race 12 mont... Read More...

Sensation set for Maghull test

Next Sensation will step up to Grade One company for the first time in the Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase at Aintree on Saturday. An eyecatching fourth in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham when he led for a long way and was still in front at the final... Read More...

Kates vies for Normans conquest

Ken Budds is looking forward to seeing his star mare Kates Benefit take her chance in the Normans Grove Chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday. With just a handful of horses in training, the County Waterford-based handler does not have too many runners in th... Read More...

Halford aims high with Certerach

Michael Halford is looking forward to Certerach being a player in the major staying races this season following his victory in the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan on Saturday. The Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and the Melbourne Cup at Flemington in November foll... Read More...

Dunlop ponders Cadeaux gameplan

Red Cadeaux has options in Japan and Hong Kong after another creditable run in the Dubai World Cup on Saturday. Second in the race 12 months ago, the much-travelled eight-year-old this time finished a staying-on sixth from a wide draw. Trainer Ed Dunlop said :"He's still in Dubai and a decision on his next race is likely to be made in the next 48 hours." He went on: "He could go back to Japan for the Tenno Sho, in which he was third last year, or go to Hong Kong for the Queen Elizabeth II Cup. "I'm pretty certain he won't be going to Singapore this year, though. "The draw didn't help him on Saturday. He was too wide, but he picked up well from off the pace - one of the only horses who did on that surface all night. He could have been fourth with a clearer run. "What it did show was that even at eight years of age he is still going to be competitive in the top races. "He's now won over �4million which is simply incredible." Read More...

Maria charts direct Classic route

Amazing Maria will head straight for the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4. Trained by Ed Dunlop, the Sir Robert Ogden-owned filly won a Goodwood maiden by six lengths before following up in the Group Three Prestige Stakes at the same course ... Read More...

Pineau poised for National tilt

Dr Richard Newland will be hoping lightning can strike twice as he fields his first Crabbie's Grand National runner in Pineau De Re. The 11-year-old was last seen finishing third over hurdles in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham and given 2010 Aintr... Read More...

Ground concerns for Henderson

Nicky Henderson is philosophical about the likelihood of soft ground for the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree on Saturday. The Seven Barrows trainer still intends to be four-handed in the world's greatest steeplechase with Triolo D'Alene, Hunt Ba... Read More...

Hughes unsure of return date

Richard Hughes still has no comeback date in mind after his nasty fall at Meydan on Saturday. The champion jockey was riding Mars for Mike de Kock in the Sheema Classic when his mount crashed through a rail in the early stages. Hughes suffered a fr... Read More...

Dynaste spearheads Bowl sextet

Ryanair Chase hero Dynaste heads a field of six declared for the Betfred Bowl Chase at Aintree on Thursday. The David Pipe-trained grey justified stable confidence as he landed the Grade One prize at the Cheltenham Festival. Though the Ryanair was ... Read More...

Special One set for Aintree Hurdle

The New One will attempt to atone for an unlucky run in the Champion Hurdle by aiming to go one better than 12 months ago in the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle on Thursday. Nigel Twiston-Davies' stable star was badly hampered by the fatal fall of Our Conor... Read More...

Sefton an option for Graphic

The Earl of Sefton Stakes at Newmarket's Craven meeting is a potential target for Graphic following his taking comeback victory at Doncaster on Saturday. The five-year-old won four times during a successful 2013 campaign and claimed the Doncaster Mi... Read More...

McCoy delays National call

Tony McCoy is unlikely to make a decision on his ride in the Crabbie's Grand National until the final declarations are made on Thursday. The record-breaking jockey is poised to choose between Irish challengers Colbert Station and Double Seven, both ... Read More...

Sheehan lodges Dolatulo appeal

Jockey Gavin Sheehan has appealed to the British Horseracing Authority against a four-day suspension he received at Stratford on Saturday. The 3lb claimer was hit with the ban after he was adjudged to have been guilty of careless riding, and having ... Read More...